I agree that the Linux fdisk is indeed useful for setting up your
partitions; however, he already has Windows 98 and 2k installed. Linux
fdisk will destroy those installations if that is the only tool he uses.
Partition Magic can safely move the Windows partitions inward on the drive,
making room for OBSD closer to the outer rim of the drive.
> i find linuxes fdisk program good for this, but openbsd needs to have its
> root partition start somewhere below that 1024 cyl (8 gigs) it can be as
> big as you want.
> you can use a linux installer just to partition and not make a linux
> partition since you obviously dont want one. the slackware boot + root
> disk works well and is easy to download.
>>> Hi everyone!
>>> I've installed OpenBSD 2.8 several times, but always in an empty PC.
>>> Now, for the first time, I'm attempting to install it in a PC which
>>> already has Windows 98 and Windows 2000 installed. Here's the HD
>>> primary IDE master: 30 GB
>>> partition 1: 8 GB, Windows 98
>>> partition 2: 12 GB, Windows 2000
>>> free space: 10 GB
>>> I'm really confused about the fdisk / disklabel part of OpenBSD
>>> installation. I've read all the documentation available (man pages and
>>> installation FAQ), but I really don't know what I should do.. When
>>> installing to an empty PC, I've just always done "reinit" to reset
>>> default values, and then created partitions b (swap) and a (/). Now
>>> when I try to create a partition within OpenBSD installation, I can
>>> only create a partition of about 8 megabytes even though there should
>>> be about 10 GB of free space on the disk.
>>> Help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! =)
>>> - Jari
>>OpenBSD's fdisk program can only deal with the first 8GB of drive space.
>>It has a 1024 cyl limit. 1024 cyl x 255 heads x 63 sectors = 8032.5 MB.
>>You can use Partition Magic to move your Windows partitions closer to the
>>spindle of the drive to free up some space for OpenBSD closer to the outer
>>edge of the drive.