Installing FreeBSD on ZFS with Windows

David Christensen dpchrist at
Fri May 5 04:25:45 UTC 2017

On 05/04/2017 11:55 AM, Christian Baer wrote:
> I'd like to install FreeBSD on a machine that already runs Windows in a
> dual-boot setup. This works find when using UFS for /, /var and /usr.
> However, I'd like to install FreeBSD on ZFS. Well, I could live with a
> separate / with UFS and the rest being on ZFS.
> The BSD installer doesn't offer this functionality and I have never done
> this before, so I'd like a guideline to how this is done. The handbook
> does state that I could accomplish this via the shell, but does not say
> how this is done.
> Is there a useful howto out there on how to accomplish the task at hand
> or is this generally a bad idea?
> Note: The medium I'd like to install FreeBSD on is an SSD.

I hate dual-boot.  For desktop/ server machines, I use mobile docks and 
one drive per operating system.  For laptops, I either swap the system 
drive, figure out how to use a USB flash drive as the system drive, or 
use virtualization.


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