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#1 2011-06-30 15:05:21

Gooru
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[SOLVED]Triple boot - Archlinux + FreeBSD + Windows 7

So I want to install mentioned OSes and as I read there may be a few problems with that, so I want to make sure I won't get into trouble.
I have Arch and Windows 7 installed and one day after update, my windows broke. I wanted to fix that, but the only solution for me is reinstalling the whole system. My partitions look like:

/dev/sda1            2048      206847      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT          <----this is small windows 7 boot partition [unused]
/dev/sda2   *      206848   106498047    53145600   83  Linux          <----main Arch partition   
/dev/sda3       106498048   536578047   215040000    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT          <----windows 7 partition
/dev/sda4       536578048   976768064   220095008+   5  Extended          <----partition for /home and additional disk for windows
/dev/sda5       731896381   976768064   122435842   83  Linux

You can see I'm booting from the linux partition, I'm using GRUB and I heard there may be a problem after installing windows as a 2nd system. Another problem is that I want to install BSD and I read it requires primary partition, can you suggest anything possible without formatting the whole HDD?
Maybe there's a possibility to install windows or BSD on an extended partition? Or is there way to avoid creating this little, ugly windows boot partition, since I'm using GRUB only? How can I reinstall windows and then install FreeBSD without losing my Archlinux?

Last edited by Gooru (2011-07-04 10:20:50)

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#2 2011-06-30 15:11:06

Inxsible
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Re: [SOLVED]Triple boot - Archlinux + FreeBSD + Windows 7

Arch or any linux for that matter will happily install in an extended partition. One option is to use Gparted and move your Arch partition to the extended partition thereby giving you space for BSD.


I did not know that BSD mandates a primary partition. Are you sure about this?


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#3 2011-06-30 15:48:03

Gooru
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Re: [SOLVED]Triple boot - Archlinux + FreeBSD + Windows 7

From FreeBSD handbook:

FreeBSD must be installed into a primary partition. FreeBSD can keep all its data, including any files that you create, on this one partition. However, if you have multiple disks...

You can check it here - Section 2.3.3.1

I didn't know I can move Arch from primary to extended partition. That's great, but is it safe?

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#4 2011-06-30 16:01:40

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Re: [SOLVED]Triple boot - Archlinux + FreeBSD + Windows 7

Gooru wrote:

From FreeBSD handbook:

FreeBSD must be installed into a primary partition. FreeBSD can keep all its data, including any files that you create, on this one partition. However, if you have multiple disks...

You can check it here - Section 2.3.3.1

I didn't know I can move Arch from primary to extended partition. That's great, but is it safe?

It is if you have a backup just in case, like you always should smile

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#5 2011-06-30 16:10:44

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Re: [SOLVED]Triple boot - Archlinux + FreeBSD + Windows 7

If you use UUIDs and such...you will have to accordingly change the values in fstab etc. But its been done before.


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#6 2011-07-04 10:20:33

Gooru
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Re: [SOLVED]Triple boot - Archlinux + FreeBSD + Windows 7

Ok, I managed to install all operating systems, I can say there were problems but not impossible to solve. After this experience I can say one thing: Don't use Gparted!!! This software scares me.
But that's only my honest opinion. Thanks for help guys, I'll mark thread as solved ;]

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#7 2011-07-04 12:44:43

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Re: [SOLVED]Triple boot - Archlinux + FreeBSD + Windows 7

I know it is a little bit late but there is a package in the AUR called os-prober which I believe would have picked out the different OSs automagically.


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