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Installing FreeBSD 4.7 on large disk shared with Windows
- Subject: Installing FreeBSD 4.7 on large disk shared with Windows
- From: geert.hendrickx at ua.ac.be (Geert Hendrickx)
- Date: Sun Aug 22 06:36:28 2004
On Sun, Aug 22, 2004 at 01:49:58PM +0100, John Michaels wrote:
> I have obtained Sams Teach yourself FreeBSD which includes a Cd with
> FreeBSD 4.7 which the authors suggest is installed as you can then
> 'follow along' the book.
> I have a machine with 2 Disks (60 Gb and 30Gb respectively) which
> already has Windows Me (and Slackware). Because of Windows not always
> behaving itself, I have split the 60Gb into (10Gb and 20Gb) for
> windows and 5Gb for slackware. These are primary partitions. An
> extended partition holds swap and /home logical partitions. Half of
> the remaining space of 10Gb was to be allocated to FreeBSD.
> I started installation, went into the 'fdisk' to create a 'slice' of
> 5000M for FreeBSD. This was done. The next screen asked about
> bootmanagers, I asked for it and then the next screen gave the
> following message:
> Disk slicing warning Max one 'fat' allowed as child of whole
> When I hit enter, no other option available, the installation returns
> me to the disk partitioning screen. This cycle repeats. The only way
> out is by cancelling the installation.
> I have more than one fat partition to reduce chances of Windows
> crashing and spending hours in scandisk checking the various disks.
> Surely with the large disks now available, my problem is quite common?
> Am I right in assuming that FreeBSD does not allow more than one
> 'FAT' partition on any disk? Why?
> Naturally this problem is NOT mentioned in the book!
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For setups like this you may want to use a more advanced (= more
configurable) bootloader like Grub. You can install it either from your
Linux or FreeBSD system.
Lilo may also be an option but I never used it.
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