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Unable to boot FreeNAS on SSD


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I have a HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2 build using a USB to boot FreeNAS, been using it for 5 years now and it started to degrade in performance and long boot times, so i bought a cheap 120GB SSD (patriot blast) and connected it to the sata port.

I was able to install FreeNAS on it (11.2 release) however i'm unable to boot it, below are the things I have tried so far:

  • Change boot to AHCI in BIOS however since the SSD is port 6 (the HDDs take port 1-4) the system will not boot. And i cannot easily change the cables because they are hardwired and using caddies, and in the BIOS I don't have an option to change which port to boot first.
  • I came across this guide https://www.admfactory.com/hp-microserver-gen8-boot-from-ssd-install-on-odd-bay/ which says to use the Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID to create a RAID0 logical drive on the SSD and make it the bootable drive, however when it boots i get a "BTX halted" message

Any help is appreciated, been working on it for the last 4 hours with no luck 😫


System specs

  • HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2 4u Micro Server Tower with Intel Xeon E3-1220V3 Processor "
  • ML310e Gen8 ® Xeon® E3-1220v2 (3.1GHz)
  • 8MB,L3 Cache
  • HP 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-1600E(DDR3) up to 32 GB memory
  • B120i SATA raid controller(Raid 0/1/10)- up to 4 LFF HDDs
  • 1 X 1TB 6G SATA 7.2k 3.5" NHP MDL HDD up to 4 HDDs
  • HP 350W Pwr Supply no redundant option
  • HP Ethernet 1Gb 2-port 330i
  • HP SATA DVD ROM JackBlack kit
  • Micro ATX Tower (4U)

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Edited by exhaler
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  • 5 months later...

Hi guys,
I am staying on FreeNAS-11.1 since I've read about the booting problem. I'm using an USB memory to boot.
Do you know if the problem exists with the latest freenas versions?

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