changing the postion of a partion in fdisk
Aryeh M. Friedman
aryeh.friedman at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 14:08:38 PST 2008
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Jerry McAllister wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 07, 2008 at 10:33:04PM -0500, Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:
>> I have my FreeBSD partition as partition 1 and my ntfs as
>> partition 2 but Vista insists that there is no suitable partion
>> to install to (even though the ntfs partition is big enough)...
>> after some research I found that vista absolutely insists that
>> the ntfs partition be partition 1... how do I swap them and/or
>> delete the ntfs one and renumber it so freebsd is in partion slot
>> 2 (with nothing in 1 and then I can use fdisk to make a new slot
> Well, you can use fdisk from the fixit shell to make your slice 2
> (note the primary divisions are called 'slices' in FreeBSD) in to a
> FreeBSD type and then create your FreeBSD partitions in it and
> build FreeBSD filesystems there.
I think I should of been a little more specific the physical layout is
completely correct (i.e. the sizes, start/end tracks, etc.) the only
problem is the logical numbering of the partitions/slices in the mbr
idea of the table... namely I just need to relabel them not modify
them in any way.
> Then, still using the fixit, use dump/restore to copy the contents
> of the FreeBSD filesystems over. Assuming the major slices are
> ad0s1 and ad0s2, then something like: mkdir /oldroot mount /ad0s1a
> /oldroot mkdir /newroot mount /ad0s2a /newroot cd /newroot dump 0af
> - / | restore -rf -
> That will get the root partition/filesystem. Do appropriately
> similar for the rest of the FreeBSD filesystems.
> Note that while in fixit, the running root (/) is in a memory
> filesystem which will go away after you reboot. So, those mount
> points you create (oldroot, newroot, etc) are temporary.
> Then use a utility such as gparted (freely downloadable as ISO) to
> convert the #1 slice into NTFS and install Vista there. You might
> be able to get FreeBSD's fdisk to do the convesion to NTFS, but I
> have never tried that. You would have to know the code number for
>> - -- Aryeh M. Friedman FloSoft Systems, Java Developer Tools
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Aryeh M. Friedman
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