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slackman99

Lost usb boot stick

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Morning all,

 

I installed DSM onto an HP microserver a few years ago.

 

We have moved house and in the move, the usb boot stick has gone missing. I can't remember what version of DSM is on the server, so have no idea which boot stick version I need to re-create.

 

I don't want to brick the system by trying to boot with the wrong bootloader.

 

Is there a 'safe' bootloader that will work with most versions of DSM?

 

Is there a way to find out what version I need without being able to boot into DSM?

 

When I create a new boot stick, it will be plugged in to the usb port inside the server so I can't lose it from now on!

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29 minutes ago, slackman99 said:

Is there a 'safe' bootloader that will work with most versions of DSM?

 

No.

 

29 minutes ago, slackman99 said:

Is there a way to find out what version I need without being able to boot into DSM?

 

Yes. Read this tutorial: 

This should give you access to the system partition. You will need a live ubuntu/linux/... USB.

From there simply look up the file called VERSION under /etc.defaults. It will tell you what exact version you are on. Do not mess with any file. Simple open, look and close.

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