Installing 9.1 without re-partitioning hard drive

Bejoy Thomas bejoygthomas at
Fri Mar 15 02:30:13 UTC 2013

Hi Lee,

One option to have a FreeBSD system on  winxp,  without any partitioning to the existing hard disk, is to have freebsd as a vm on virtualbox. For having a dual boot system you would need to partition the existing disk . If you have a second had disk you could select it and let FreeBSD partition it with the default configuration using "Entire Disk" . The FreeBSD handbook should help you

Bejoy Thomas

On 15-Mar-2013, at 5:14 AM, <leeoliveshackelford at> <leeoliveshackelford at> wrote:

> Good afternoon, FreeBSD enthusiasts.  I am attempting to install FreeBSD 9.1 on a dual-boot configuration with Windows XP.  I am using bsdinstall.  I do not wish for the partition table to be changed.  How do I instruct bsdinstall to skip the re-partitioning step?  It gives an error message that it cannot write a certain file because the medium is write-only.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Yours truly, Newby Lee
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