FreeBSD 13: Fixing the installer "Failed to configure bootloader" error with Manual Partitioning and UEFI

Nov 29, 2020

On my laptop (HP Spectre x360 2018), I decided to install a second FreeBSD install, this time on the Intel Optane drive.

When I proceeded to install, I chose manual partitioning, and while it finished extraction, it proceeded me to this error:

Failed to configure bootloader error message

This happened to me on a recent 13-CURRENT. I don’t believe it happened on earlier snapshots or 12.x. I had this issue with both UFS and ZFS partitioning.

After tesing on my desktop via VirtualBox EFI mode, I found out the issue was the fact that the EFI system partition wasn’t formatted.

Solution: To fix this issue, you need to make sure you have a FAT-formatted EFI system partition. This doesn’t mean the EFI partition has to be mounted, and as of the time of posting the FreeBSD UEFI bootloader won’t get loaded.

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