ZeroShell Hard Disk Install

ZeroShell v2 or Higher

If you are using ZeroShell v2 with Subscription or ZeroShell v3 or higher. You can use the Installation Manager to install ZeroShell to the Hardrive.

ZeroShell v1

If you are using ZeroShell v1 or ZeroShell v2 without a Suscription. You will have to do a process similar to the USB Media to install ZeroShell to a Hard Drive.

Make Media with Windows OS

Software Needed

Physdiskwrite - an utility for writing images to HD or USB Device
This assumes you already downloaded the Zeroshell IMG Distrobution

If your computer does not support booting off a USB Device and has an Optical Drive. Use [PLoP Boot Manager to boot off the CD then boot to the USB. This will allow writing to Disk and saving information.

Using PhysDiskWrite GUI

Note: PhysDiskWrite GUI requires Microsoft .Net v3.5

1st Steps

  1. Install the Hard Drive into a computer
  2. Extract PhysDiskWrite Archive

Clean Device of Partitions

  1. You must remove all partitions on the Hard Drive.
  2. Open a Command Prompt with Administrators Right (Right-Click and Run as Administrator for Vista or Higher)
  3. Type in "diskpart"
  4. Type in "list disk"
  5. Type in select disk <Number of Disk your Hard Drive is on> Make sure you choose the right disk based on Size of Drive.
  6. Type in "clean" - Sometimes it will give an Access Denied error if it does make sure you do not have another window open that is using the device
  7. Type in "exit"
  8. Exit out of the Command Prompt

Write the IMG File

  1. Load the PhysDiskWrite GUI Interface with Administrator Rights
  2. Then right-click on the correct Disk, be sure to choose you right disk.
  3. Goto Image laden Menu and choose Offnen
  4. Browse to your IMG file you have and select it and click open
  5. If a dialog pops up put check in Remove 2GB restriction and click OK.
  6. Select Yes in Dialog Box
  7. It will open a Command Prompt Box and run the program and writes the USB Device
  8. Your Installation Media is now complete.
  9. Shut down your computer and remove the Hard Drive and install it into the computer to be used for ZeroShell.

Using PhysDiskWrite

1st Steps

  1. Install the Hard Drive into a computer
  2. Boot Computer
  3. Extract PhysDiskWrite Archive
  4. Copy the ZeroShell IMG File to the Directory PhysDiskWrite was extracted to.

Clean Device of Partitions

  1. You must remove all partitions on the Hard Drive.
  2. Open a Command Prompt with Administrators Right (Right-Click and Run as Administrator for Vista or Higher)
  3. Type in "diskpart"
  4. Type in "list disk"
  5. Type in select disk <Number of Disk you are using> Make sure you choose the right disk based on Size of Drive.
  6. Type in "clean" - Sometimes it will give an Access Denied error if it does make sure you do not have another window open that is using the device
  7. Type in "exit"

Write the IMG File

  1. Goto you extracted physdiskwrite to.
  2. Type "physdiskwrite.exe -u <Name of Zeroshell IMG File>.img"
  3. Choose the Correct Disk.
  4. Making sure you have the write disk confirm the overwrite of contents.
  5. You will see it writing the file to the device.
  6. After it is complete type "Exit"
  7. Your Installation Media is now complete.
  8. Shut down your computer and remove the Hard Drive and install it into the computer to be used for ZeroShell.

Make Media with Linux OS

For this guide purposes I will be using a Debian style Linux. Debian Style includes Debian, The Ubuntu's, Linux Mint, and numerous others

  1. Install the Hard Drive into a computer
  2. Boot into your Linux OS
  3. Open a Terminal
  4. Type "sudo su" and then enter your password when prompted
  5. Type in "fdisk -l"
  6. Look for the /dev/<Drive name> of the drive you are going to use. Should be a sd or hd then a letter
  7. Type fdisk /dev/<drive name>
  8. Type "p" and see how many partitions are on the drive
  9. Type "d" and put the partition number in and repeat until all partitions are gone
  10. Type "p" and make sure they are all gone
  11. Type "w" to write the changes
  12. Type "dd < /path/to/(ZeroShell IMG File Name) > /dev/<Drive Name>
  13. Wait until the command Prompt returns
  14. Once it returns type Exit twice
  15. With Linux you can resize you storage partition with gparted to increase the storage size.
  16. Shut Down you Computer and remove the Hard Drive and Install it into the computer that will be your ZeroShell Box

No Operating System

It is possible to install ZeroShell on a computer with No OS at all.
If you are using ZeroShell v2 with Subscription or ZeroShell v3 or higher you do not to do this.

What is Needed

  1. A Linux Live CD Distrubution - As Before I use a Debian Style release for the primer.
  2. 2 USB Drives or 1 CD and 1 USB Drive -
  3. For Windows: Get Pendrive Linux to Write ISO to USB Drive

Preparation

Windows

USB

  1. Download PenDriveLinux and run it
  2. Write the LiveCD ISO to one of the USB Drives.
  3. Copy the ZeroShell IMG File to the Second USB Drive

CD

  1. Use the a program to write a LiveCD ISO to a CD.
  2. Copy the ZeroShell IMG File to the USB Drive

Linux

USB

  1. Use the program that comes with your OS to write a LiveCD ISO to one of the USB Drives.
  2. Copy the ZeroShell IMG File to the Second USB Drive

CD

  1. Use the program that comes with your OS to write a LiveCD ISO to a CD.
  2. Copy the ZeroShell IMG File to the USB Drive

Installation

  1. Boot the Computer with the Live Media of your choice
  2. Run the Live Desktop without Installation
  3. When it is Booted onto the Desktop insert the USB Drive with the ZeroShell IMG File
  4. Follow the Make Media with Linux OS - Just remember the IMG File is on the USB and not the Hard Drive
  5. After you are done make sure you remove all USB Drives and when you reboot ZeroShell will be running

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