Installing 9.1 without re-partitioning hard drive

Erich Dollansky erichsfreebsdlist at
Sat Mar 16 04:09:03 UTC 2013


On Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:11:24 -0700 (PDT)
<leeoliveshackelford at> wrote:

> Good evening, Free BSD enthusiasts.  Thank you to each of the several

good morning,

> people who have responded to my previous messages.  I have made
> significant progress, but am now flummoxed at the installation of the

this is good to hear.

> boot loader.  The handbook says to run this command, "boot0cfg -B
> ad0".  When I run this command, I get the following error message:
> "Unable to get providername for ad0".  What is a provider name? How
> do I determine the provider name for ad0?  How do I communicate that
> information to boot0cfg?  I know that this problem has something to
> do with the "geom" command, but the "man geom" goes on for many
> pages.  While I think the answer may be in there somewhere, I could
> not find it.  Any and all comments will be appreciated.  Sincerely,
> Newby Lee

ad0? This sounds like that it would overwrite the loader from your
Windows installation.

Did you read man gpart?

gpart should be able to show you the current layout of the disk. It is
also able to install the boot code you need.

If I remember, you want to have Windows and FreeBSD on the same disk.
So, you should have some kind of boot manager which will give you the
choice between them. Of course, you can use whatever boot manager you
want. The one which comes with FreeBSD is a bit simple but does its job.


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