Dual Boot Windows 7 FreeBSd 8.3

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Thu May 24 13:01:23 UTC 2012

On Wed, 23 May 2012, Jerry McAllister wrote:

> On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 07:32:06PM -0300, Mario Lobo wrote:
>> On Wednesday 23 May 2012 18:49:06 Jerry McAllister wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have been searching through questions and forums for information
>>> on dual booting FreeBSD 8.3 on a machine with Windows 7 already on it.
>>> My problem is that the posts seem to go around in circles and be
>>> contradictory.  I am not sure which to believe.
>>> My new machine has two disk drives.  Windows 7 is on ad0 and I want
>>> to put FreeBSD 8.3 on ad1, leaving W7 as is.   So, I don't even have
>>> to shrink a primary slice to do this.
>> Since each system is going to be on different physical drives, why don't you
>> make things easy for you and just use the BIOS boot menu to choose which
>> drive to boot from?
> That surely seems the hard way.    Why interrupt the boot and go
> in to the BIOS every time when that is all provided for in the
> boot structure?

It depends on the system, but many have a boot menu that is less 
intrusive than a multi-boot loader.  F11 or F12 usually.

Otherwise, EasyBCD works.

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