Install Unix on a laptop with Windows OS

Thomas Mueller mueller6724 at
Sat Jan 9 12:17:41 UTC 2016

from Eax Melanhovich:

> Still according to my experience this is a bad idea. Last time I tried
> something like this Windows was corrupting boot loader from time to
> time so it was impossible to boot anything except Windows.

> I would recommend to use one OS you are using most often and run
> second under VirtualBox. Or using two separate computers one for each
> OS if possible. This way you will escape a lot of possible problems.

> On Sat, 9 Jan 2016 05:12:54 +0000 (UTC)
> Eleonora Marchioretti via freebsd-questions
> <freebsd-questions at> wrote:

> > Hi
> > I would like to know if it is possible to install UNIX (not Linux) on
> > a laptop that has already a Windows OS and if you have instructions
> > to do it.Thank you in advance. Best regardsEleonora

Another possibility, if laptop has an eSATA port, is to install FreeBSD on an eSATA hard drive, or SATA hard drive in a hard-drive enclosure that has eSATA.

Only current brand of eSATA hard drive that I know is Micronet Fantom (

It may be necessary to install GRUB2 to a USB stick and boot from that; from there it should be able to boot anything on an eSATA hard drive.

On my computer, eSATA looks just like SATA to my motherboard/BIOS/UEFI, and FreeBSD and NetBSD work more dependably on eSATA than USB 3.0; I don't know if NetBSD even works on USB 3.0.


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