1. What is FreeNAS?
2. Why would I use FreeNAS?
3. What do I need to get started with FreeNAS?
To use FreeNAS, you’ll need standard PC hardware with a 64-bit processor and at least 8GB of RAM. The FreeNAS® operating system is installed to at least one device that is separate from the storage disks. The Operating System Device can be an SSD, a small hard drive, or a USB stick. We recommend a minimum size of 8GB. A device with 16GB or more provides additional room for boot environments.
To get started with FreeNAS, write the installation file to the Install Media, typically a USB drive. Keep in mind there are two separate devices, the Operating System Device and the Install Media. One device contains the install media, while the other will contain the FreeNAS Operating System after installation. Be careful to select the correct device during installation. FreeNAS cannot be installed onto the same device that contains the installer. After installation, remove the Install Media Device. It might also be necessary to adjust the BIOS configuration to boot from the new FreeNAS operating system device. Once you start your FreeNAS system for the first time you should be provided with an IP address after boot. Point your web browser at the IP address of the FreeNAS system from any computer with a web browser on the network and you’re good to go! Read the FreeNAS Documentation for more information.
4. Is FreeNAS Safe and Secure?
5. What else can I do with FreeNAS?
6. Can FreeNAS be used as a Media Server?
7. Why does FreeNAS only support the ZFS filesystem?
8. How do I upgrade FreeNAS?
9. Where can I get help with FreeNAS?
10. What if I don't want to build my own hardware for FreeNAS?
11. Why is FreeNAS 64-bit only?
12. What are the hardware requirements for FreeNAS?
13. Can I downgrade from FreeNAS Corral to FreeNAS 9.10?
If you initially upgraded from FreeNAS 9.10 to FreeNAS Corral, reboot the system, highlight “Boot Environment Menu” from the boot menu, and select the previous 9.10 installation from the boot menu. This will instruct the system to return to FreeNAS 9.10 and its configuration. You can then use System -> Boot to permanently set the FreeNAS 9.10 entry as the default.
Note that the initial upgrade to FreeNAS Corral migrated the 9.10 configuration into the FreeNAS Corral configuration format. The FreeNAS Corral configuration file format is different from a FreeNAS 9.10 configuration. This means that you should not attempt to restore a configuration that was saved on FreeNAS Corral while booted into FreeNAS 9.10.
If you upgraded your pool using FreeNAS Corral, you may receive an error when FreeNAS 9.10 tries to mount the pool. If you need assistance resolving any boot errors, please create a post on the FreeNAS Forums.