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Date:      Sun, 28 Dec 2003 21:09:31 -0600
From:      Eric F Crist <>
To:        BlackBsd@Mountain.Net,
Subject:   Re: Dual Boot WinXP + FreeBSD
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In-Reply-To: <3FEEFBE1.3060103@Mountain.Net>
References:  <3FEEFBE1.3060103@Mountain.Net>

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On Sunday 28 December 2003 09:50 am, Brian Black wrote:
> Hi Julio,
> 	i have installed freebsd along side NTFS systems for some time now and
> they do work.  you need to make sure in /stand/sysinstall that u have
> your partitions, slices etc set up correctly,(I mean set up the way
> that u think is correct).  For Example, even though the XP slice that i
> have is the 3rd slice on my box(FreeBsd 5-Current, then RH9 Then WinXp)
> the device name for my xp slice still reads /dev/ad0s1.  Though this
> dont seem right it works, i thought that it should read /dev/ad0s3.
> So to try and answer your questions.
> 1. Can I have another dual boot on my machine with XP (NTFS) and FreeBSD?
> yes u can, remember that u can mount the xp slice for "READ" not
> "Write".  You can only read from the ntfs.  "man mount" for more
> information.
> (for people who wish to correct me, there are some way to write to the
> ntfs, i know but as a general rule dont write to this file system type.)
> 2. Where can I read more about the process of instalation to keep my XP
> partition alive?
> u can read more in the handbook. if u do not tamper with your xp
> partition durring /stand/systinstall then the partition will not be
> bothered. (just remember what the device name is when you are using fips).
> What boot loader are u planning on using?  i have tried
> BOOTMAGIC,FREEBSDs boot loader and also i have used grub (which is
> available in the ports).  With grub i was not able to boot fbsd when my
> fbsd slice was formated with ufs2.  this might have been fixed though.

FWIW, I currently run a laptop with almost this exact configuration.  I have 
Windows XP Home (preinstalled when purchased) on one side and FreeBSD 4.9 on 
the other.  I used Partition Magic to shrink my live XP file system and I use 
the Boot Magic (comes with PM if you buy retail) and everything works great.  
I have tried GRUB, but I never could get it working right, but I didn't try 
very hard.  I used the FreeBSD boot manager for about 5 years and it worked 
OK, no matter how I had hard disks and partitions and OSes configured.  I 
only went to Boot Magic because I have ignorant people that need to use my 
computer sometimes and the ?? prompt for an OS with ntfs was too confusing.

Oh well.


Eric Crist
AdTech Integrated Systems, Inc

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