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Old 03-10-2005, 05:44 AM   #1
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Talking How to create patririons and install FreeBSD?

I am a newbie to UNIX.
Though I know my way around Linux, I am very much confused about the partitioning and installation of FreeBSD. I don't know in what units the capacity is shown. Please help.
I have Windows98 on /dev/hda1, Slackware Linux 10.1 on /dev/hda12, Fedora Core 3 on /dev/hda10, Xandros Desktop OS on /dev/hda8
I want to install FreeBSD on /dev/hda9 as I have about 4.5 GB free.
Old 03-10-2005, 07:41 AM   #2
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BSD has to be loaded on a primary partition. 1-4 That's all, period.

Also, BSD uses the term slice for what you call partition. And within the slice, you create partitions for /, /home, etc. Screwy from Linux, but works great. You can have 4 different BSD's on 4 different primary partitions (called slices in BSD), then within each BSD slice, you create your partitions for /, /home, etc. So... you'll want to make a partition (BSD slice) big enough to hold all your partitions. yeah, gets confusing at first.

Before you dive off into BSD, read (scan) through the Handbook at Its probably the best documentation you'll ever see. Partitions are covered very well.
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I will give it a try today


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