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Date:      Sun, 13 Aug 2000 23:28:20 -0600
From:      "Wilsons" <wilson@imt.net>
To:        <questions@FreeBSD.org>
Subject:   Strip BSD bootsector to DOS file
Message-ID:  <000001c005b0$75d721b0$0201a8c0@super8>

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Hello,

I just purchased and installed FreeBSD 4.0 on my system.  I have two SCSI
drives and have Windows 2000 Pro, Windows 95, and RedHat 6.2 installed on
the first SCSI disk.  I installed FreeBSD on the second SCSI disk on a 4 Gb
slice.  I use the Windows 2000 Pro bootloader to select which OS I will run.
I wanted to see how FreeBSD works and how stable it is.

None of the OS's can read the FreeBSD slice and partitions.  I am unable to
figure out how to build a floppy that would boot the installed FreeBSD OS.
I have read how to build installation floppies but have found no information
on a boot floppy.  I used a Linux boot floppy with RedHat to strip off the
bootsector to a file that the NT bootloader understands.

There must be a way to get the bootsector without using BootEasy.  I
installed FreeBSD using a STANDARD boot configuration so the FreeBSD
bootloader wouldn't overwrite the NT bootloader.

Please let me know the procedure to build a boot floppy for FreeBSD.  I
could then boot into the installed OS and use the DD command to write the
bootsector to a file which I could then store on a DOS floppy to transfer to
the NT boot partition.  Also please let me know if there is a another
procedure to get at the bootsector to build a file that the NT bootloader
can understand.

Thanks for your response
Dan Wilson
wilson@imt.net

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wanted to see how FreeBSD works and how stable it =
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of the OS's can=20
read the FreeBSD slice and partitions.&nbsp; I am unable to figure out =
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build a floppy that would boot the installed FreeBSD OS.&nbsp; I have =
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to build installation floppies but have found no information on a boot=20
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file which=20
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Wilson</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
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