Skip site navigation (1)Skip section navigation (2)
Date:      Sun, 28 Dec 2003 21:09:31 -0600
From:      Eric F Crist <ecrist@adtechintegrated.com>
To:        BlackBsd@Mountain.Net, vanderlaars@online.ie
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Dual Boot WinXP + FreeBSD
Message-ID:  <200312282109.31930.ecrist@adtechintegrated.com>
In-Reply-To: <3FEEFBE1.3060103@Mountain.Net>
References:  <3FEEFBE1.3060103@Mountain.Net>

Next in thread | Previous in thread | Raw E-Mail | Index | Archive | Help
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.

HTH

Eric Crist
AdTech Integrated Systems, Inc



Want to link to this message? Use this URL: <http://docs.FreeBSD.org/cgi/mid.cgi?200312282109.31930.ecrist>