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Old 06-25-2005, 03:48 PM   #1
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freeBSD install - fdisk not showing partitions?

hi there,

Ive been using a dual boot (windows + linux) system for several years now, but now i would like to give freebsd a try.

i have one hard drive only, divided into several partitions:

hda1 = NTFS with windows xp (c: )
hda2 = extended partition
hda5 = ntfs for media
hda6 = ntfs for programs
hda7 = ntfs for games
hda8 = ext3 for linux
hda9 = swap

hda3 and hda4 ? i don't know.. Ive partitioned my HD 2 years ago using partition magic, and never changed it again.

my problem is that ide like to install freebsd in hda8 and use hda9 as swap partition. also /usr and /var i want them in hda8 too.

in the freebsd installation, when in fdisk, it only shows 3 partitions, on small one (MBR?), one with 10GBs (hda1 or c: ) and one really big (hda2 the extended partition).

why doesn't it show the others? ive tried many linux distros and all show the partitions like it should.

so, freebsd use slices, ok, ive selected hda2 (since hda8 and 9 are inside it) as bootable, and pressed Q. next it takes me to the "partition inside the slices" system, but it shows no partitions in it. if i try to do create, it gives me an error. if i say to "refresh", it just gives me a fatal error, and restarts.

Ive read the handbook, but still don't get it.
any help would be great.
thanks in advance

PS: sorry the crappy English.

Last edited by a2ps; 06-25-2005 at 03:50 PM.
Old 06-25-2005, 11:55 PM   #2
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freeBSD needs to be installed on a primary seem to be trying to install it on an extended partition.

you'll need to free up some space and create another primary partition to install it onto. once you create the primary partition and format it for freeBSD, that partition will hold all your slices, such as /tmp, /swap /usr and you won't need a separate partition for swap.

Last edited by detpenguin; 06-25-2005 at 11:58 PM.
Old 06-26-2005, 11:02 AM   #3
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thanks for the help, changed the partition to primary and worked like a charm
btw, freebsd is way better that i expected, time will say if it will replace my fedora system.

again, thanks for the help.


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