Install to a Partition problems.

Kent Kuriyama kent.kuriyama at
Fri Apr 24 02:26:18 UTC 2015

You need to use MBR vice GPT partitioning.  While GPT can support multiple
boot partitions, the GPT boot loader doesn't let you interactively choose
what partition to boot from.  The boot loader for MBR does.

When installing FreeBSD select the MBR partitioning scheme.  You will then
be allowed to define up to 4 partitions.  Within each partition you can
define as many BSD 'slices' each of which contains a UFS or swap area.
Once you have installed an instance of FreeBSD into a partition then the
MBR boot loader will scan for available bootable partitions and give you a
chance to select which partition to boot from.

On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 12:35 PM, <reg at> wrote:

> I have been trying to install FreeBSD to the 2nd partition
> of my disk for several weeks now, with no luck.
> Here is the backstory.
> I have a  500GB disk, partitioned into 5 100GB partitions.
> I have PCBSD in the first partition.  I had tried to put
> PCBSD in the 2nd partition an save whatever was in the first,
> but finally gave up.
> Now I would like to install FreeBSD into the 2nd partition
> and am having the same problems.  The documentation (the way
> I read it) would imply this is possible, but FreeBSD seems
> to want to overwrite the PCBSD in the first partition.
> So, what am I missing? What do I have to do to get the
> new installation in the 2nd partition.
> --
>                                         Reg.Clemens
>                                         reg at
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