Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Wed Mar 21 15:05:30 UTC 2007

On Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 08:33:58PM -0400, Drew White wrote:

> Hi NOOB question... I installed a second hard drive on the computer to put
> FreeBSD on, with windows xp on the other drive. Can I dl the software and
> install it on the other hard drive without burning it to cds or using floppy
> discs? Wondering if I can do it from the other drive/operating system.

I think so, but I am not clear on what you are asking.
Do you want to delete xp and install FreeBSD on that drive?
Since you already have FreeBSD installed on the second drive,
why do that?   Do you need two copies of the same OS?  If you
really think you need more than one FreeBSD running, check out
vmware.   It is in the ports  /usr/ports/emulators/vmware3

Or, do you mean that you haven't yet installed FreeBSD, but want
to do so without making a CD - just from something on the other
drive.   Well, I think it is technically possible, but it would 
be more difficult than making a CD.   Sysinstall or any of the FreeBSD
software is not designed to run under MS, be it xp or Win2k or
whatever.   It is a completely different OS and execution environment.

Do you have a good network connection?
If you don't buy a CD set, then you will need the network connection
for the install anyway.  
Just download the 6.2 disk1 CD ISO image, burn it and 
do the install with it.   If you don't have a burner, you
can get them cheap nowdays or find someone to do it for you
or buy the CD set from one of the vendors who package CD sets
for FreeBSD.   You will be much happier than trying to make
the install utilities run from an MS slice.

Now, if you want to make an image that you install on several 
machines, that can be done.  But, first you have to build the
first one on a FreeBSD system with a FreeBSD boot.

> Thanks, please advise.

That's my advice.
Good luck,


> Drew
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