cloning freebsd from desktop to laptop computer.

pobox at pobox at
Mon Feb 27 02:37:34 PST 2006

Dmitri Pisarev 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.
>>> The question is, is it posible to copy the freebsd patition to the
>>> laptop computer somehow, so it would remain bootable? I tried to copy my
>>> ad0s2(my BSD partition) to ad0s3 on laptop, using dd.exe for windows,
>>> and all i get is "Boot error". I'm using freebsd bootloader on desktop,
>>> and BootMagic on laptop, could that be a problem?
>>> any help or suggestions are appreciated.

I had the same problem (ThinkPad X30) - which I solved in a great way 
with VMware ( Speed of FreeBSD is about 80% compared to 
native installation and stability is so far (2-3 months) rock solid.

You can do a minimal install within VMware, then mount the desktop drive 
(via the network) and do dump/restore.


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