On Mon, Jun 16, 2003 at 10:40:48PM +0200, Tobias Roth wrote: > Is it save to install WinXP after FreeBSD? My IBM recovery cd goofed > up my WinXP and I'd like to reinstall XP only and keep my existing > FreeBSD slices intact. Same goes for the MBR, of course. > > And yes, I will back up my data in any case, but I'd still hate it if > I had to set up my whole system again.
It's safe enough, in that the WinXP install will not gratuitously chew up your FreeBSD partitions unless you tell it to. However, it will probably overwrite the MBR, thus effectively hiding your FreeBSD installation. You can recover by booting up from your FreeBSD installation media, choosing the Fixit mode and re-installing the FreeBSD boot manager from there -- see the boot0cfg(8) man page for details. Hmmm... It's a long time since I had any dealings with a Microsoft OS, but I seem to remember that they always preferred to go in the first partition (slice, in FreeBSD parlance) on the drive. Dunno if that's still true. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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