On Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 11:10:28PM +1100, David Morton wrote: > I have been out of work so long (since being diagnosed as autistic and > scared) that even as an IT professional, I now get very anxious about > messing with my PC. > > However, I got a magazine that included FreeBSD/i386 6.2 on the DVD and I > have always wanted to play with BSD. My past experience included UNIX > System V, some Solaris 7 or 8, and other variants, so you know a bit of > history. > > Anyway, I have a laptop preinstalled with Vista Home Premium and I would > like to also run BSD on it. In reading your installation documentation, I > do not see anything that suggests I can install FreeBSD onto my PC without > wiping Windows. > > I also have restricted web access so cannot access you web site, so I would > like to know if FreeBSD will install in a way that will not kill Windows on > my PC? > > I have to ask this, because I once had an old PC and put Solaris on it, and > that required a dedicated drive. The PC is now dead, so I have to make it > all work on one machine. >
It is possible to have both FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows installed on the same hard-disk and at boot time choose which one to run. FreeBSD does not require a dedicated driver, but it does need a (primary) partition (slice in FreeBSD-speak) on the harddisk. If you already have a free partition with sufficient space (a few gigabytes should be plenty) there should be no problems installing FreeBSD. (Although I have heard some rumors that Windows Vista makes it difficult to dual-boot other systems. I don't know if there is any substance to this.) If your Windows-installation already uses the whole hard-disk you will need to do *something* to get space for FreeBSD. I know that there are Windows-based tools that can shrink existing partitions without requiring a re-install of everything ('Partition Magic' is probably the most famous), but I have no personal experience with any of them. -- <Insert your favourite quote here.> Erik Trulsson [EMAIL PROTECTED] _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"