Restoring freeBSD boot loader

Lionel lionel.flandrin at
Sat Jun 14 10:12:32 UTC 2008

Derek Ragona <derek at> writes:

> At 05:12 PM 6/13/2008, Lionel wrote:
>       I've had to install Windows XP in dual boot on a freeBSD box, and of
>     course it erased the bootloader to replace it with its own. Now I'd like
>     to restore the freeBSD bootloader.
>       I've tried booting with the install CD and I use the fdisk utility to
>     mark the fbsd partition bootable and then said I wanted to install the
>     freeBSD bootloader, but I didn't know how to make it actually write the
>     changes to the disk.
>       So... is it possible to restore the bootloader this way? Maybe I could
>     install lilo from a live CD but I don't want to install grub from
>     windows because I'll probably remove it soon, but I think lilo just
>     places itself in the boot segment so it should be fine.
>       Any help would be most welcome...
>     --
>     Lionel
> Look in the tools folder on the FreeBSD install CD for booteasy.
> Booteasy will run from Windows and install the boot loader.  It will
> also save the old MBR to a floppy, hard disk, or USB disk for safety.
>         -Derek

  Ah, thank you and all those who answered me, really helpful. I'm going
to try this right away.

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