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I want to boot a usb stick that is plugged directly into the motherboard floppy connector. Answered


I am running FreeNAS in a ChiliBox.
It has no external drives or bays.
I don't want the USB stick poking out of it.

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MacroPower (author)2011-06-19

Buy a USB adapter for the MOBO. You can easily find one on Ebay, or you could take one from an older computer.

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MickM (author)2010-06-26

Hi; yes those would work. I really wanted a floppy solution though. I did find one in Germany that emulates floppy discs., up to 100. I know they make them for the hard drive connector. They are called DOM or Disk On Module. Also, I have another box with a MSI-K9A2 motherboard. This requires a floppy to update the BIOS. (Athlon-64 dual core) The Chilibox is very small, but has the floppy connector unused. It is a NAS (freenas), that powers down the storage HD after a while. It boots into RAM. Thanks Mick M.

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lemonie (author)2010-06-21


I agree with the previous two. I've attached an image of what these sockets look like (because I happen to have one)

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orksecurity (author)2010-06-21

You could wire up an internal USB connector and plug into that. Whether the machine will boot off it (assuming it's bootable) depends on how its BIOS is set up; some will, many won't, and I can't vouch for that particular machine.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-06-21

You need an adapter to plug it into the onboard USB ports that's all.

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