Can I install Free BSD latest version on my laptop with dual boot?

Chess Griffin chess at
Mon Dec 3 11:26:41 PST 2007

Jerry McAllister wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Can I install Free BSD latest version on my laptop with dual boot (Windows 
>> Vista + Free BSD), my system configuration details are as follows
> Probably.   You will have to divide your hard disk.
> I have successfully been doing that will Partition Magic (7.0) but recently 
> got V 8.0 and found it to be completely inadequate - the CD wouldn't boot 
> correctly it seems to have errors in the scripts and it would not talk to 
> my USB drive which I wanted to divide up - the reason for going to 8.0.
> So, I am not sure which utility to recommend for dividing the disk.
> If it is FAT, then a couple of free utilities come with FreeBSD that might
> work (I haven't tried them), but if it is NTFS, then they will not work and
> you will need to get something else.   Partition Magic 7.0 will work
> fine, but I don't know where you would get a copy nowdays.
> There is another utility out there called 'Partition Commander'  I haven't
> used it, but might, after I get my PM 8.0 mess cleared up.

There are also some good Linux-based Live CD's that are essentiall
Partition Magic clones, one is GParted Live CD and the other is Parted
Magic.  They are very small iso's that pretty much just have a small
window manager and some sort of disk partitioning tool like parted.  I
have used them to partition disks with great success.

Good luck!

Chess Griffin
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