Filesystem layout with sperated /boot partition

Andrew Reitz ajr9 at
Mon Apr 3 06:48:35 UTC 2006

On Apr 2, 2006, at 11:16 PM, valentin_nils at wrote:

> Hi Eric,
> Thanks for the reply.  I have now a better understanding whats  
> possible with
> FreeBSD. One question (last one) which I could not find an answer  
> to in the
> online manual is :
> How would you do a Dual or multi OS boot machine f.e. with Windows  
> on the first
> disk, first slice, first partition and FreeBSD on another partition ?
> Would I need a boot floppy or perhaps its not possible at all ?

Hi Valentin,

Dual booting FreeBSD along with other Operating Systems is definitely  
possible. And you're right, I couldn't find any reference to how this  
can be done in the Handbook either. :)

Basically, it is my understanding that you will want to add a  
dedicated FreeBSD partition to your disk, and configure the slices  
within that partition as you have learned previously. In terms of how  
to boot, while you can use a floppy, there are many boot managers,  
that once configured, are more convenient to use than floppies.

I did a quick google, and found a guide that seems to cover this  
topic in some depth:

Good luck,
	-Andy Reitz.

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