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Old 19th May 2008
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Default Repartitioning FreeBSD

Just got here from being told on bsdforums to come here.

Currently I have my entire hard disk dedicated to FreeBSD. For a variety of reasons, I now need to repartition the drive to install Windows XP and FreeBSD. I'm not concerned with trying to save any data from the current installation and would like a completely new and clean install of FreeBSD. Any helps or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Partitioning is covered in the handbook here:
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...all-steps.html
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Use a tool you feel comfortable with to create a primary partition for XP and another one for FreeBSD.

To exchange date between these two you could create a third partition (FAT32 fileystem).

Because XP sometimes messes around with the order of the partitions I would recommend the following:
  • First primary partition with NTFS fileystem for XP
  • Second primary partiton with FAT32 for data exchange with FBSD
  • Third primary partition for FreeBSD
Then install Windows XP and tell it not to touch the FreeBSD partition. Just let it use the first primary partition and tell it to format the FAT32 partition.

After XP has been installed you install FBSD and the FBSD boot selector, which allows you after starting your box to choose between XP or FBSD.
A cute alternative boot selectior is GAG (just google for it )

Good luck.

BTW are you sure you don't want to backup your configuration files in "/etc" especially the X org configuration file?
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GAG rocks - highly recommend it!
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corey_james and J65nko, thanks for the replies that actually gave me useful information.
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To exchange date between these two you could create a third partition (FAT32 fileystem).
There is a ntfs-3g port, which works pretty well for me. I really don't think FAT32 is any longer necessary for this. Especially if you want to copy big files.
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