1 -- How do I format a hard disk.
lets you define the main slices (Windows calls them "partitions"), their locations (which disk or which part of the disk), their sizes, their type (use a numeric code to identify FAT32, NTFS, UFS, etc.), and, when you leave fdisk, whether or not you will use a boot manager (to dual boot). BSD fdisk is not identical to DOS's fdisk but it accomplishes the same thing.
BSD does not have a "format" command like you are used to. Your best bet is to use the label utility. The label
utility lets you allocate the previously defined slices into one or more BSD partitions, set the size of each partition, and select the mount point. BSD formats the disk when you commit to "write" the changes.
The operation are not hard, and they are much faster than DOS, but if you do not understand the "vocabulary," it can seem hard (or dangerous to your beloved data that you want to keep).
Please see this section of the FreeBSD handbook for more information and some screen shots:
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/han ... steps.html
The handbook reference is explaining how to partition and format a hard disk in the context of a fresh installation of FreeBSD, but you can see the screen illustrations to help you through it.
I also posted a very detailed instruction within this post:
2. What is the plan?
It's not clear what you intend to do. Yes, you are installing Windows. Are you removing PCBSD and its UFS file system so you can have an exclusive windows computer? Are you trying to have a dual boot installation with both PCBSD and Windows?
If just Windows, doesn't the installer wipe out whatever "old" partition it encounters? Or, doesn't the stand-alone fdisk utility let you delete non-dos partitions?
If it won't, BSD can format almost anything. You use fdisk as directed above to set a partition identifier. Instead of type 165 (UFS), you can use type 7 (NTFS). For other types, see here:
http://www.paultastic.com/showpage/Free ... itionTypes
If you want to dual boot, install Windows first into a primary partition, but leave adequate "unused" space on the disk. Do not turn the empty space into any of Windows "logical" or "extended" partitions. Then, install PCBSD into the empty space not occupied by Windows. The way I have explained this process, the "empty" space will also be on a primary partition. You will not need to deal with fdisk or label as PCBSD will set up the file system for you.
Also, while on the install-to-disk screen, check the box labeled something like "use PCBSD boot manager." That will set up the dual booting.
Frankly, I do not understand why PCBSD did not install for you, and saying you had an unsuccessful install leaves me or others unable to help you further.
3. Windows Blue Screen.
Windows uses a blue screen during its install routine and for its Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) message. If you are getting the BSOD, can you explain why (by writing the code numbers into a search engine to identify the nature of the problem).
This forum is not dedicated to Windows problems, but if you feel the PCBSD installation borked your Windows partition, or you think you need to rescue data from a Windows partition that will not start, I will be happy to help you if you can provide sufficient information to identify the problem.
Post back if you need more help.