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I have an unused secondary drive in my Windows XP box and would like to install FreeBSD on it to test interaction with my Slackware box. I've installed FreeBSD on single-boot computers and was wondering if there is anything I should be careful of when installing a dual-boot system, like where to install the bootloader, etc.
Just make sure you back up XP (just in case). Make sure you don't format/install to hda, use manual partitioning/config to use hdb. If you don't plan to keep install use a boot floppy or install bootloader to hdb. After your done you can use XP recovery console to reinstall windows bootloader if something gets overwritten.
I have a BSD, Win XP, CentOS box with grub as the boot loader. Another BSD, Win XP box with BSD loader doing the booting. It'll work fine either way. Win XP has to be on a primary partition, the 1st partition on the drive as far as I know. BSD or Linux will play nicely on another partition. The BSD installer says that BSD has to be on a primary partition. Also I messed one install up and the XP recover console would not help it with fixboot or fixmbr. Somehow I messed up ntldr and XP would not correct it. I finally did a dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1M and started over. So back up your stuff just like allways before trying to move a partition or dual boot a machine.
Originally posted by oxleyk I ended up using GAG as the bootloader. One good thing about GAG is that it can be booted from a floppy with the OS and drive information on it. I didn't even touch the Windows mbr.