partitioning "after the fact"

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Tue Jan 17 15:12:48 PST 2006

> I guess I didn't plan well in my partitioning scheme for this laptop.
> I have a 15G primary partition #1 containing XP, 
> 15G logical partition #2 containing empty space recovered from 
>   a previous Linux install, 
> 15G primary partition #3 containing FreeBSD, and the rest of 
>  the disk unallocated.
> I think I already know the answer to my question but I wanted to ask
> to make certain.  I would like to make partition #2 to also contain
> FreeBSD.  But if I remember correctly there is no way to do such a
> thing without starting all over again in setting up the disk.

I am not sure about turning it into a primary slice from a logical partition.
If fdisk can see it as da0s2 (or ad0s2) then it is easy.  Just use fdisk 
to turn it into a FreeBSD type slice (type 165) and then make a 
single (or more if you want) partition on it with disklabel/bsdlabel.

It would then be mountable as /dev/da0s2a (or /dev/ad0s2a).


> Thanks,
> Rob. 
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