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 before 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: