SSD woes - boot

Christoph Kukulies kuku at
Thu May 7 09:16:35 UTC 2020

Today I went into my local computer store and bought me a new SATA cable. Connected the Kingston SSD with the new cable and
it got recognized immediately. 

Anyway, I booted, but still hit the wrong disk (with F5 which was preset). I hit F1. Got into the FreeBSD boot(8) prompt

>> FreeBSD/i386 BOOT
Default: 0:ad(0,a)
After some fiddling - ? gave me a directory listing but could not much do with that - I found that everything I typed, like lsdev,
ended up in being appended to the Default line, like:

Default: 0:ad(0,a)lsdev

So I type /boot/loader and - voila - I hit it, landed exactly in the desired disk/partition.

Now I got to figure out the UUID labeling thing - maybe :)


> Am 06.05.2020 um 18:43 schrieb David Christensen <dpchrist at>:
> On 2020-05-06 02:56, Christoph Kukulies wrote:
>> Since yesterday, when I ran smartcontrol against my drives - don’t know whether it has to do with that but I’m mentioning it just FWIW -
>> my Kingston 240 GB SSD suddenly was no longer visible in the ASRock MB’2 BIOS. (ASRock939A790GMH).
>> Strange, isn’t it, that a power fail or unclean shutdown/dismount can cause the drive being no longer visible to the BIOS.
>> To test whether it was still alive,  I took it out of the system, put it into an ICY box and connected it to a FreeBSD (11) VM I have running under Parallels on my MacbookPro.
>> It got recognized on the USB bus and after I ran an fsck against it and put it back into the BIOS, it was recognized again.
>> So far so good. But now, due to some misordering in the hard disk numbering scheme in the BIOS I can’t aim at the right partition to boot.
>> With the old F1/F5 bootload of FreeBSD it always boots the wrong partition .
>> Is there a better bootloader available which offers me a larger choice, that eventually finds all bootable partitions on all disks in the system?
> You a whipping a dead horse:
> David
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