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Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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USB Installation Media

For many people, burning a CD to install an operating system seems like a waste. They prefer to write an image to a USB flash drive and install from that. OpenBSD doesn’t provide such an image, but if you’re willing to do some extra work, you can create a bootable USB device that you can use to install on your target hardware.

The official recommendation is to install OpenBSD on the USB device, copy bsd.rd and the file sets to that device, and use that to install your new hardware. The OpenBSD installer lets you choose the target hard drive. You select the USB device in the installer, and OpenBSD installs to the USB just as it would any other data-storage device. But how do you install OpenBSD on the USB device without ...

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