Originally Posted by thedaemonofid
Just use the whole disk when you go to install. Personally I have 2 drives, 1 with Windows 7 and 1 with BSD. I use my BIOS' boot manager and select which harddrive I want to boot off of. If you don't have a bootloader and install BSD to your second disk you will just be booted into windows as normal with no way into BSD. I believe your options then would be to install a bootloader, configure windows bootloader, or use a BIOS bootloader if you have one.
Thanks for your reply :-)
Unfortunately, that created a HUGE HUGE HUGE disaster over here, which I only managed to recover thanks to an EXTREMELY GREAT TOOL (in caps here for member friends to take notice of): testdisk (cgsecurity.org): this tool literally saved me from death(!!)
I booted the DVD64. It showed me two disks (I have two physical disks). I selected the second disk and told it to 'use whole disk'). And what it did next was: delete the EXTENDED PARTITION OF DISK 1. The Windows 7 disk with 5 partitions including Win7 (I've got an image of that, so no sweat), but the remaining 4 partitions had all my data on it. My mails, my vids/mp3's/documents needed for work: the works. Everything gone. Of course, my last backup appeared to be from 4 weeks ago (sounds familiar to anybody?).
I can tell you, I really thanked god on my knees for the tool 'testdisk': it restored everything whereas the first tools I tried (all that commercial crap) found nothing but my Windows 7 (C:\). The 'testdisk'-tool however did a short search (5 seconds) and found the deleted partitions with all data on it, and recovered them completely to a new disk.
1. I am currently heavily researching the Synology NAS because I don't ever again want to have this crap again --- if not for 'testdisk' I would have lost extremely important data that couldn't have been recovered anywhere.
2. PC-BSD- guys and galls, please check your installer again, because people can get heart attacks from this ...(!)
3. I won't be trying any install of PC-BSD untill I know I have a NAS in place to backup EVERYTHING before I try this game again.
Mind you, I had FreeBSD on this very same computer without these problems.
So thanks again for building PC-BSD, your efforts are HUGELY appreciated by me, but please: make sure the installer can be trusted to work
Untill later, when, after having a NAS, I hope I can enjoy the fruits of PC_BSD: which is a beautiful effort, after all and without any doubt