Three questions...

lars lars at
Fri Jul 15 20:00:42 GMT 2005

George Ruch wrote:
> Q1:  I have two drives, laid out as follows:
> Drive 1
> /ad0a      WinXP, NTFS, 16.06GB, primary
> /ad0e     data, NTFS, 12.58GB, extended
> Drive 2
> /ad1a     currently empty, 14.36GB, primary
>           (installation target)
> /ad1e     /ad0 backup, NTFS, 14.27GB, extended
> I'd like to use XP's NTLDR to manage the dual boot process.  I've seen 
> the following trick for Linux (
> - Boot into Linux, copy the first sector of the boot partition as follows:
>     dd if=/dev/hdb of=/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1
> - Move bootsect.lnx to WinXP root (C:\), and add the following line to 
> boot.ini:
>     C:\bootsect.lnx="Linux"
> Does this approach work with FreeBSD?  Logic says it should, given the 
> similarities, but when has logic applied consistently to computers?
I can't say anything about it, never done it, check google.

> Q2: Failing that, does anyone out there have any experience with 
> PowerQuest's (now Symantec) BootMagic boot manager (p/o Partition Magic 
> 8.0) and FreeBSD?  The documentation indicated that it will recognize 
> Linux partitions, but says nothing about FreeBSD.
Why not use FreeBSD's boot manager?
It's spartan and displays ???? for Windows but works without fault.
Otherwise is very recommendable and looks better too.

> Q3: Partitioning
>   Yes, I know you've seen several million questions on partitioning 
> schemes.  I've read up on it, and I'd like to get some feedback on this 
> plan.  All slices would be p/o ad1a, which has approx. 14,704MB free.
>     /        128M
>     /usr    8192M
>     /home    3312M
>     /var    1024M
>     /tmp    1024M
>     swap    1024M  (4 x physical)
That setup looks pretty alright imho.
I'd go for this here instead:
More for /usr,
less for swap,
that gives
/	same
/usr	same or more
/home	same
/var	same
swap	RAM*2


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