Uninstall FreeBsd

March 5, 2009 at 13:13:04
Specs: freebsd to xp
I inherited a machine that has freebsd installed (poorly), it won't boot correctly into bsd. But that isn't what I want to do. I want to install XP, but the disk is not recognizable, that is the HDD. DBAN won't recognize the hard drive, and neither will Ultimate Boot CD. Please tell me how to uninstall freebsd, and format the drive for an xp install.
Thanks to any help in advance.

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#1
March 5, 2009 at 13:29:39
My guess is you need drivers for the adapter that supports the drive.

SCSI and SATA commonly need to have drivers for XP before you can install. Consider slipstreaming XP cd with add on drivers.

Use tools in Freebsd to determine what type of drive you have. Could look at it.

Might use Knoppix, Opensuse, Ubuntu maybe. All have plenty of support for scsi and sata.

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#2
March 5, 2009 at 13:43:35
Sorry for not providing enough info earlier:
The HD is IDE. Without totally re-installing BSD, I cannot get into anything. when I start the machine (without anything in the optical drive) I get "F1 FreeBSD", after I hit F1, it says:

FreeBSD/i386 boot
Default: 0:ad(0,a)/boot/loader
boot:

If I simply hit enter at the boot prompt, it says "No freebsd" and goes back to the boot prompt. Where Do I go from here?

Also, I tried my Ubunto 7.10 live disc, and it doesn't recognize a hard drive.


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#3
March 5, 2009 at 14:54:18
Try booting with a dos disk, enter a:\> fdisk /mbr

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#4
March 5, 2009 at 15:07:54
There are only 2 DVD RW's on it. No Floppy.

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#5
March 5, 2009 at 15:18:54
If you have a floppy connector on the mobo you may be able to borrow one or buy one even a scondhand one wouldn't cost much.

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#6
March 5, 2009 at 15:29:57
I suppose that would be cheaper than buying another ide HD.
Thanks for your help, I will try that.

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#7
March 5, 2009 at 16:59:10
If the machine starts to boot to Freebsd then there is a bootable media in the machine. It most likely is able to boot to the hard drive. Bios is seeing the hard drive.

Fdisk mbr will do nothing for you don't attempt it. A floppy is of no use to you don't waste your time.

Are you sure that when you boot to the XP CD that there is no partition to delete? XP and many other's can't determine what Freebsd might be formatted as. Even a unknown format should be able to be deleted in XP's install enviroment.

There is about 99% chance that XP can access common IDE adapters and drives. There may be a very odd instance of some very large drives for that version of XP. There might be some odd issues with industrial drives that might be solid state. Unlikely in this case.

Open the case and see what type of drive it is. If too large for xp then slipstream to sp3.

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#8
March 5, 2009 at 18:04:19
Just use the HDD manufacturer's software. For instance, if it's a WDC, use Data LifeGuard. It should be on the UBCD.

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#9
March 6, 2009 at 13:14:38
Ok, so here is the solution:

I downloaded the FreeBSD install ISO, went through the installation and removed the main FreeBSD partition, and reformatted to a linux partition (FAT32).
Then just to make sure things worked correctly, I removed the FreeBSD Boot Record, and installed a standard one (which in the installation process they recommend unless you are going to dedicate the machine solely to FreeBSD).
The XP install now recognizes the HDD.
Thanks for all the replies.


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#10
March 6, 2009 at 19:44:57
At one time there used to be issues with how linux/bsd and others numbered partitions. They also did some odd and non-standard partitions either by design or accident.

While MS may have had issues other OS's such as Ubuntu wouldn't have had any issues. Ubuntu should have reported the drive even if un-mountable.

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