Migrating to PC-BSD
Migrating your computer to a brand new operating system can sometimes be a daunting task, and here at PC-BSD software we understand that. We’ve put together this quick guide to assist you in the process of moving to PC-BSD, with as little difficulty as possible.
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 at least a 6GB primary partition available. Also you may wish to determine if the standard PC-BSD boot-loader will be sufficient to boot other operating systems. If not, you may wish to use another boot-loader such as GAG.
What type of video card is your system using?
This will normally only be important if you wish to run 3D applications and games, or utilize the 3D Compiz desktop. PC-BSD will support 3D acceleration on most NVIDIA cards and some Intel integrated cards.
Are you using a WiFi card in your system?
PC-BSD does have built-in support for several different brands of Wireless networking cards, including Intersil Prism, Atheros, and Intel. If you are using a wireless card with a different chipset, it may still be possible to add support via the NDIS driver .
Have you backed up your important data?
This is an important step to never forget. Any irreplaceable data, such as E-Mails, Bookmarks, or important files & documents should be backed up before installing a new operating system.
After you have gone through these items, you should be ready to start the installation of PC-BSD. For more detailed instructions on the actual installation process, you may wish to view our quick-guide. Should you run into an issue with your installation there are many different ways to get help with it.