Creating a boot diskette that does nothing but boot from hard disk

Peter Risdon peter at
Thu Feb 24 09:55:17 GMT 2005

On Wed, 2005-02-23 at 21:28 +0100, Anthony Atkielski wrote:
> Is it possible to create a boot diskette that does nothing more than
> boot from a specific hard disk?  How would I go about doing so?

Assuming you are unable to boot after completing the installation, have
you tried a third-party boot manager like GAG? GAG in particular is
quite good at booting weird hardware and might very well find your
installation and offer it when you run the setup.

> If I can't figure out why my system won't boot from the hard disk on its
> own, I figure that perhaps I could create a diskette to pop into the
> machine that would simple boot immediately from the hard disk.  It
> shouldn't require much code and should easily fit on a single diskette.

In fact, you can set up a floppy with GAG on it like this. But you might
as well install GAG to the hard drive.


More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list