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Old 18th September 2008
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Default fdisk can't see (Vista) ntfs partitions

I have a 160GB HDD, around 80GB is a NTFS partion with Vista on it, I installed PCBSD on the remaining 80GB but that was just to check out 7-Beta, I want to intall FreeBSD 7-R there now.

Problem is, when I go to partition slices, all fdisk shows is the 80GB PCBSD (shown as FreeBSD obviously) partition and 80GB of "unused space".

If I delete the PCBSD partition it then just shows 160GB of "unused space" - it completly misses the Vista partition. (I don't write this config obviously)

What's going wrong? PCBSD installer saw it (which uses fdisk with a front-end no?), why won't fdisk when installing FreeBSD?

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Old 18th September 2008
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Nothing is wrong, create another unused partition inside VISTA.
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Old 18th September 2008
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Just making a guess - perhaps you have some NTFS Logical/Extended partitions on your hard disk and that's why fdisk doesn't show your partitions right.

You can always install some tools for partitioning on your Vista system just to see how they are arranged - Partition Magic or Paragon Partition will do the job.

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Old 19th September 2008
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Nothing is wrong, create another unused partition inside VISTA.
Would this not interfare/delete my Vista partition?
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Old 20th September 2008
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Caesius, Richard meant to boot into Vista and use a Vista partitioning tool to create a new primary partition for FreeBSD
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Old 20th September 2008
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What do you mean, "when I go to partition slices"? When it comes to creating SLICES, it obviously can't use the vista-partition and hence, may probably not display it like it should.
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Old 21st September 2008
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What do you mean, "when I go to partition slices"? When it comes to creating SLICES, it obviously can't use the vista-partition and hence, may probably not display it like it should.
The whole disk is shown as unused. There is a Vista Partition there (yes I'm aware of win32/unix partition/slice terminology differences) but it doesn't show anything.
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Old 23rd September 2008
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The FreeBSD fdisk does not show extended partitions. The OpenBSD fdisk does though:
Code:
$ fdisk wd0
Disk: wd0       geometry: 38913/255/63 [625142448 Sectors]
Offset: 0       Signature: 0xAA55
          Starting         Ending        LBA Info:
 #: id      C   H  S -      C   H  S [       start:        size ]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
*0: A6      0   1  1 -   5098 254 63 [          63:    81915372 ] OpenBSD     
 1: A9   5099   0  1 -  10197 254 63 [    81915435:    81915435 ] NetBSD      
 2: A5  10198   0  1 -  22945 254 63 [   163830870:   204796620 ] FreeBSD     
 3: 05  22946   0  1 -  38912 254 63 [   368627490:   256509855 ] Extended DOS
Offset: 368627490       Signature: 0xAA55
          Starting         Ending        LBA Info:
 #: id      C   H  S -      C   H  S [       start:        size ]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 0: 83  22946   1  1 -  38872 254 63 [   368627553:   255867192 ] Linux files*
 1: 05  38873   0  1 -  38912 254 63 [   624494745:      642600 ] Extended DOS
 2: 00      0   0  0 -      0   0  0 [           0:           0 ] unused      
 3: 00      0   0  0 -      0   0  0 [           0:           0 ] unused      
Offset: 624494745       Signature: 0xAA55
          Starting         Ending        LBA Info:
 #: id      C   H  S -      C   H  S [       start:        size ]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 0: 82  38873   1  1 -  38912 254 63 [   624494808:      642537 ] Linux swap  
 1: 00      0   0  0 -      0   0  0 [           0:           0 ] unused      
 2: 00      0   0  0 -      0   0  0 [           0:           0 ] unused      
 3: 00      0   0  0 -      0   0  0 [           0:           0 ] unused
Maybe you could download an OpenBSD install floppy or CD image. The OpenBSD installer allows you to escape into a shell, so you can use the OBSD fdisk to check.
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