Trouble setting up multiple boot on big disk

Hendrik Hasenbein hhasenbe at
Sat Aug 30 03:18:02 PDT 2003

Brett Glass wrote:
> I'm setting up a laptop which will need to dual-boot Windows 2000 Server (ugh!)
> and FreeBSD. I partitioned the large (60 GB) hard disk so that there was
> an 18 GB NTFS partition at the beginning, followed by a 20 GB partition for
> data, followed by an 18 GB partition for FreeBSD. But when I attempted to
> install FreeBSD, the disk labeling utility wouldn't let me divide the
> 18 GB partition (or "slice," in traditional UNIX parlance) into file systems
> ("partitions" in UNIX parlance). I get an error message that says I can't do
> it because something's "too big."
> What limitation am I hitting, and how do I get around it?
I got a problem when my BIOS was on auto adressing mode for the drive. I 
switched it to LBA and now every system see the same layout.


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