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I am installing FreeBSD in a partition in my computer, dual-boot to Windows XP. The "FreeBSD Handbook" says that the partition must have a partition ID of 165. I use ...
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    Installing FreeBSD - partition


    I am installing FreeBSD in a partition in my computer, dual-boot to Windows XP.

    The "FreeBSD Handbook" says that the partition must have a partition ID of 165.

    I use Norton PartitionMagic for all of my partitions.

    When I want to create a new partition, I don't see an option anywhere about a Partition ID. What do I do?

    http://www.codewizonline.com/images/PM_freebsd.PNG that is a screenshot of PartionMagic

    One more question. Do I create a partition type FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linux Ext 2, Linux Ext 3, or Linux Swap?

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    Partition ID 165 means just to set it as a freebsd partition, so that is none of the file system alternatives. Actually I don't know if Partition Magic supports FreeBSD partitions at all. It is at least much easier to set it up using the Fdisk partition manager in the installation. You can use Partition Magic to make some unpartitioned space and then just choose to create a new partition in the installation process.

    If you really need to set up a partition before you boot the installation CD you can use the Linux fdisk program to create a FreeBSD partition ( Linux fdisk uses hexadecimal partition ID so 165 = A5).

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    is there any other ways to go about this?

    also, do I create a partition type FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linux Ext 2, Linux Ext 3, or Linux Swap?

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    You CAN'T use Partition Magic for creating FreeBSD partitions because you only have these alternatives: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linux Ext 2, Linux Ext 3, or Linux Swap. If you could create a FreeBSD partition with Patrition Magic there would be an option for it in the menu.

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    You can not use Partition Magic.

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    oh...ok...thanks then

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