Category Archives: SSD

UEFI, GPT, Windows 10, FreeBSD 10, and rEFInd

Over the last few days have I experimented with UEFI and GPT in VirtualBox 4.3.26. The goal was to multiboot various operating system, in this case Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview 9926 x64 and FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10.

First, I thought of persuading the UEFI firmware to always present its boot menu. It sure beats remembering to press F12 each time I want to boot a different operating system. This proved impossible for a number of reasons.

Next, I came across The rEFInd Boot Manager. After a quick glance I saw this is exactly what I want, a UEFI boot manager. Continue reading UEFI, GPT, Windows 10, FreeBSD 10, and rEFInd

SSD manufacturers: Wake up!

I find it curious as to why most, if not all, SSD manufacturers are unwilling to disclose the physical disk, the page, and the erase block sizes selected for their SSD products. Such crucial information should be readily available to guide us, the more advanced users, to properly align our partitions and configure efficiency in our filesystems when using operating systems other than Microsoft Windows.