cloning freebsd from desktop to laptop computer.

illoai at illoai at
Sun Feb 26 21:04:18 PST 2006

On 2/26/06, Nikolas Britton <nikolas.britton at> wrote:
> On 2/26/06, Dmitri Pisarev <dimaip at> wrote:
> > Nikolas Britton wrote:
> >
> > >On 2/26/06, Dmitri Pisarev <dimaip at> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >>I've got laptop Toshiba Portege 3480CT(no floppy, no CD-ROM, no booting
> > >>from USB flash supported etc. 40G HDD) and a desktop computer running
> > >>FreeBSD 6.0(athlon 3200+, WD 80G HDD).
> > >>I need to install freebsd on to my laptop computer.


> > 5)Any other way? I know how to install Linux without booting up, is the
> > same posible with FreeBSD?
> How do you do it with Linux?... and re-explane how you tired to do it
> with FreeBSD.

Loadlin will boot linux from any dos partition, probably ntfs (I haven't
tried that) and you can then fdisk the old windows partition, etc etc.
Might be very tricky, but with a little ingenuity one should be able
to boot linux, dump some freebsd stuff into the former winders partition
(I'd bet you'd want to use grub for booting, call me old-fashioned) (I just
realised I have no idea how to newfs for ufs in linux, maybe here dd
or dump might work).

Stream of consciousness:  loadlin to linux, qemu to freebsd, mounting
the raw /dev/hda1 on freebsd and proceed from there?  If it works,
you're the bee's knees.  If you fail, though, you may never boot again,
which is why I would suggest keeping a linux partition (slice) and grub
working until you know it works.
In any case it sounds quite dangerous.  Proceed with caution.

Could loadlin be rewritten to work with any kernel?  has it been?


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