Freebsd, Debian, Windows on same PC

Jamie White at
Tue Jul 25 11:00:46 BST 2006

On 7/25/06, Richard Smedley <richard.smedley03 at> wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-07-25 at 01:17 +0100, tomasz dereszynski wrote:
> > JW> btw, I am not interesting in putting any of these OS's in a virtual
> > JW> machine for one reason and another. Also as for the XP knows best, I
> > JW> know, fortunately for me XP comes preinstalled on the laptop, so I
> > JW> just have to resize its partition.
> > resize partition using 'partition magic' or similar tool - 40GB for
> > windows - rest live unused
> > and install in order ... as you like - don't forget to live unused
> > space for next system...
> You could use a version of PartEd from the Mepis or Ubuntu GNU/Linux
> live CDs to resize your W XP partition. First scan and de-fragment it,
> or it will not resize.
> As to GRUB, after you have finished your *nix install, create a GRUB
> boot-floppy (or use another removable boot medium if your laptop
> is too new to have a floppy disk drive), and you won't be stuck if
> Windows needs to be re-installed, and stamps on your MBR. You can also
> back up your MBR and partition table to a file on your GNU or BSD
> partition, and restore them after booting from a live disk or CD.
>  - Richard
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> Richard Smedley,                                      RichardS at
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> Midland Open Source Technology.       
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How do I take an MBR backup? I've never actualyl worked how todo this.


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