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Installing PC-BSD is very easy. However, you should review this section to make sure your hardware is supported and you know how to prepare your installation media.
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=== Writing the ISO to Flash media ===
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To write the USB IMG file to a Flash Card or USB pen drive you can do this with the Unix/Linux command '''dd''':
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While the PC-BSD® installer is very easy to use, installing a brand new operating system can sometimes be a daunting task.
  
'''dd if=<path_to/img_file.img> of=/dev/da0 bs=1m'''
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Before you begin, there are a few things you should check to ensure that your system is ready to install PC-BSD®.
  
Just substitute da0 with the device name of your USB stick.
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* '''Are you dual-booting or installing over the entire drive?''' If you are dual-booting you will need to ensure that you have a primary partition available. You should also review the section on [[Dual Booting]] to make sure you are comfortable with preparing the drive for the installation and to determine which boot loader best suits your needs.
  
NOTE: The USB images are FreeBSD-UFS formatted, and will not show up as a viewable file-system under Windows.
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* '''Have you backed up your important data?''' Any irreplaceable data, such as emails, bookmarks, or important files and documents should always be backed up to an external media, such as a removable drive, or to another system ''' ''before'' ''' installing or upgrading any operating system.
  
ADD SECTION ON how-to to flash a USB pen drive with the installer image. On Unix system this can be done with dd(1) and on Windows there's a 
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nice tool with gui written by the M0n0wall crew: http://m0n0.ch/wall/physdiskwrite.php
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If you would like to try out PC-BSD® without committing to an install, try [[PC-BSD® Live Mode]] first. This is an excellent way to determine if your hardware will work with PC-BSD®.
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Should you run into an issue with your installation there are many different [[Finding Help|ways to get help]].
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Revision as of 00:47, 23 April 2013

(Sorry for the inconvenience)

While the PC-BSD® installer is very easy to use, installing a brand new operating system can sometimes be a daunting task.

Before you begin, there are a few things you should check to ensure that your system is ready to install PC-BSD®.

  • Are you dual-booting or installing over the entire drive? If you are dual-booting you will need to ensure that you have a primary partition available. You should also review the section on Dual Booting to make sure you are comfortable with preparing the drive for the installation and to determine which boot loader best suits your needs.
  • Have you backed up your important data? Any irreplaceable data, such as emails, bookmarks, or important files and documents should always be backed up to an external media, such as a removable drive, or to another system before installing or upgrading any operating system.

If you would like to try out PC-BSD® without committing to an install, try PC-BSD® Live Mode first. This is an excellent way to determine if your hardware will work with PC-BSD®.

Should you run into an issue with your installation there are many different ways to get help.

This section discusses the following topics:

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