Booting from a hard disk not supported by the BIOS
Andrew L. Gould
algould at datawok.com
Fri Jan 9 09:05:30 PST 2004
On Friday 09 January 2004 10:36 am, Konrad Scorciapino wrote:
> I've got an old computer with 2 hard disks. The first has 2GB and FreeBSD
> installed; the second, 20GB and windows installed. However, the computer's
> BIOS is quite old and doesn't detect the second hard disk, so I cannot boot
> from it.
> So how can I do that? I've tried installing FreeBSD's boot manager, but
> apparently it gets the devices' information from BIOS, since the only hard
> disk that appears in the boot list is the first one. Or perhaps there is a
> file somewhere to edit and add all information.
> Anyway, any advice would be appreciated.
First, try to find a BIOS update for the motherboard that will allow for
larger hard drives. If that's not available, Maxtor has a free download,
MaxBlast 3, that will create a BIOS overlay that will allow the BIOS to see
the larger hard drive.
1. You can use MaxBlast with non-Maxtor hard drives. It's not supported; but
I've used it on a Fujitsu laptop hdd.
2. Although the BIOS will see the larger hard drive, MaxBlast will want to
prep the hard drive for installation of Windows (fat32 or ntfs). I have not
tried to install FreeBSD via the BIOS overlay. If you try and succeed,
definitely let us know!
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