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hey everyone. I want to partition my NTFS Formatted drive, so it becomes 2 partitions: 1 for NTFS and 1 for freebsd. I want to use Partition Magic to do ...
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    need help partitioning with partition magic and installing FreeBSD


    hey everyone. I want to partition my NTFS Formatted drive, so it becomes 2 partitions: 1 for NTFS and 1 for freebsd. I want to use Partition Magic to do this. Now my question is, when i try to partition the harddrive with partition magic, it can only partition it for Linux. Is there anyway I can change the type of partition so it goes from Linux to UFS? Also, how do I go about installing freebsd in the new partition that i just made?

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    if you want to use partition magic, then partition but do not make a filesystem, or make it as linux and let the freebsd installer change it to ufs
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    ya i tried that. I used partition magic to make it into a linux partition and then usin the FreeBSD installer, i changed the type to 165 (Freebsd) and set it as bootable. Then i installed the boot manager, and on the disklabel editor screen i typed 'A' for auto default. I told the installer to do a minimal installation from the CD/DVD. Well when it was tryign to install, it gave me write errors (It couldnt write from acd0 or something like that)
    and it didint install probably. So i used the Win XP start up cd to fdisk /mbr. and now when i reboot it says missing operating system. What am i doing wrong?

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    sounds like you have to set the boot partition back to the one that xp is on...
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    ok how bout we take another route. Lets say i keep the harddrive as a full NTFS partition and i reboot the computer using the FreeBSD installation cd. How would I use the FreeBSD installer, to partition the NTFS partition into 2 partitions :NTFS and UFS? Also, how would I go about with slicing the partition, installing the rest of the operating system etc?

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    warning dont use partition magic if there is grub or lilo or another non windows bootloader on your system without a partition magic recovery partition
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    Not that I know much about BSD, because I haven't even gotten to install one yet; but can't the installer for BSD just shrink the NTFS partition and and use the newly created space for a UFS partition and swap partition? Why use a third party program for something that can probably be done with the original installer?

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