pobox at verysmall.org
Sat Jun 25 22:05:38 GMT 2005
I am installing FreeBSD on a laptop with Windows XP Pro. I created empty
space with PartitionMagic and installed FreeBSD there making the FreeBSD
partition with the FreeBSD partition utility in the install.
I took the drive geometry from PartitionMagic as the BIOS does not tell
it (ThinkPad X30). The installation went well and both OS boot well.
When I run PartitionMagic it reported 3 errors - different LBA and CHS
values - the errors are on the first sector of the FreeBSD partitions
and on the first sectors of the next two partitions (seeing from the
LBA). PartitionMagic says in all 3 cases that the LBA and CHS values are
different. In all 3 cases the CHS value is the same - 15483887 (drive
geometry is 5168/240/63). After PartitionMagic repairs the errors
everything is OK. Both OS boot well.
My questions are -
a) does somebody know why the errors appear?
b) is the installation safe after the errors are fixed?
PartitionMagic is listed officially as installation preparation utility
and I assume it should be safe to use it afterwards, apart from touching
the FreeBSD partition.
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