Give Personal Edition more than 500MBs

If you’re running BeOS Personal Edition and need more than 500MBs to play with, there are a couple of interesting techniques you can use, either for creating a larger BeOS boot partition or just for getting yourself some additional storage space. Use these tricks at your own risk (though there’s no reason they shouldn’t work).
Be’s Travis Geiselbrecht (author of the virtual filesystem driver), offers this tip on creating additional virtual filesystems. This technique assumes that you have your existing Personal Edition installed on C: and that you want to create an additional virtual volume sitting in your D: drive or other drive letter (since there can only be one file per disk volume):

Well, you could go to 95/98, NT, or linux, create a file called ‚‘ in a directory ‚beos‘ (case is important on NTFS and ext2) off of the root of the volume. Make it as big as you want. Create it however you want, the data inside it will be blown away soon. You could, for example, write a little program to build the file if you’re a developer, or do something like create a big .zip file and rename it [Under Linux you can do this with dd. -ed.]
When you reboot into BeOS, you should see another virtual drive in DriveSetup. The ‚Map Style‘ column should read something like „unknown. “ Then, select the drive, goto Setup | Partition | Intel and create a big partition or however you want it. Then, you can initialize it as BFS and you’re set.

Isen Kusima (cycnuskus at offers this technique:
Assuming that you already have installed BeOS R5 Personal Edition in Win9x, WinNT, or Win2000, and that you have a hard drive with more than 1GB unused:

  • While running BeOS in a File (Personal Edition), mount your FAT32 HD. (Right click on the desktop | Mount | [YourHardDrive])
  • Create a 1GB BeOS-in-a-file, (1GB = 1024K * 1000): * Open terminal:
    $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/[YourHardDrive]/beos/new.img bs=1024k count=1000
    $ mkbfs 2048 /[YourHardDrive]/beos/new.img COPY-TO-HERE
    $ sync

    (Note: to make a 2GB file, use count 2000 rather than 1000).

  • Now you need to mount the empty image file:
    $ mkdir /mnt
    $ mount -t bfs new.img /mnt
  • Double click your Personal-Edition drive, and click and drag everything to COPY-TO-HERE.
  • Reboot to Windows (or DOS prompt). Go to C:eos * rename the to
    * rename the new.img to
  • Run BeOS. If everything goes well, you can delete

    Cypress ( offers this information:
    An easier way to create additional space in BeOS 5 Personal Edition is to use CreateDeviceImage. It’s easy to use and has some interesting options, such as the ability to create a 640MB BFS image for burning to CD.

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