Walt Haynes wrote:
        Good afternoon. I have a Compaq SR1810NX with a 100GB hard drive
split into four equal partitions of 23GB. Two are initialized (one with
Windows/XP (C) and the other with a quick format (G)); the file systems
are NTFS. The other two partitions (D and E) are uninitialized. I have
FreeBSD 4.9 on three CD'S that I'd like to install into one of the
uninitialized partitions. Can you tell me what I need to do for
preinstallation and what do I need to know to direct my installation to
one of the uninitialized partitions? I'm going to give the entire 23GB
to FreeBSD. Thank you in advance for your assistance. I'm very anxious
to learn UNIX system administration and all of the related tasks (shell
programming, security administration, etc.).


Version 4.9 is basically obsolete and may not support newer hardware. I don't know your hardware, so can't specifically address that. But even if it's older, you really should download and install version 6.1 from the Web site, or buy a new CD set from a reseller, if you intend to learn the state of the art and keep moving forward.

Since the disk space you want to use for FreeBSD is not initialized, you should have little trouble distinguishing it from your Windows disk space during the installation. Telling the installer which disk space to use is pretty straightforward. Even so, you should back up your Windows installation before proceeding with a FreeBSD install, unless you are very confident.

For complete install instructions, read the very fine manual:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/

Specifically, the method of selecting disk space is described here:

http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/install-steps.html

Welcome, and good luck!


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