Using FreeBSD to migrate Windows XP?

John john at
Tue Feb 8 07:04:08 PST 2005

On Tue, Feb 08, 2005 at 02:17:56PM +0100, Erik Norgaard wrote:
> John wrote:
> > OK - I've finally come to the realization (a little slow, I know)
> > that a 5.8Gb disk drive is just not enough to support a desktop
> > environment (including JAVA) for both Windows XP and FreeBSD on my
> > laptop. :(
> > 
> > I have used dump(8) to dump out my filesystems.  I am wondering
> > if I can just use "dd" to dump out all of /dev/ad0s1 also,
> > and then use "dd" to put it back again when I'm done.  Then
> > I'd boot the installation CD into "fixit" mode, build a new
> > MBR, make sure that the new s1 was the same or very slightly larger
> > than the old s1, and use dd to put it back again.  Can anyone
> > speak to either the "doomed to failure" or "I've done this and
> > it works" scenarios?
> Not doomed, but don't expect to read data on other than FBSD systems. 
> This is described in the handbook under using removable media (CD/DVD) 
> for backups.

Oh, yeah, actually, that's no problem.  The "media" are files on an
NFS share...

I'll use FreeBSD booted from the CD to put it back.

John Lind
john at starfire.MN.ORG

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