Pre-installation Tasks

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Pre-installation Tasks

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Back Up Your Data

Back up all important data on the target computer where GhostBSD will be installed. The GhostBSD installer will not ask before making changes to the disk, but once the process has started it cannot be undone.

Check for FreeBSD Errata

GhostBSD is base on FreeBSD. Although the FreeBSD Project strives to ensure that each release of FreeBSD is as stable as possible, bugs occasionally creep into the process. On very rare occasions those bugs affect the installation process. As these problems are discovered and fixed, they are noted in 9.0-RELEASE Errata page on the FreeBSD web site. Check the errata before installing to make sure that there are no problems that might affect the installation.

Prepare the Installation Media

The installation system for GhostBSD can be downloaded for free. GhostBSD is available in .iso (CD DVD) or .img (USB stick and flash drive) file extension. Copies of GhostBSD installation media are available at the GhostBSD Download page.

Creating a bootable Memory Stick in FreeBSD, PC-BSD or GhostBSD.
Warning! The example below shows /dev/da0 as the target device where the image will be written. Be very careful that the correct device is used as the output target, or you may destroy existing data.

The memory stick image has a .img extension. The .img file is not a regular file. It is an image of the complete contents of the memory stick. It cannot simply be copied like a regular file, but must be written directly to the target device with dd(1):

dd if=/path/to/GhostBSD-3.0-i386.img of=/dev/da0 bs=1m
Creating a bootable Memory Stick in GNU/Linux.
Warning! The example below shows /dev/sdf as the target device where the image will be written. Be very careful that the correct device is used as the output target, or you may destroy existing data.

The memory stick image has a .img extension. The .img file is not a regular file. It is an image of the complete contents of the memory stick. It cannot simply be copied like a regular file, but must be written directly to the target device with dd(1):

sudo dd if=GhostBSD-3.0-i386.img of=/dev/sdf bs=1M
Creating a bootable Memory Stick in Windows.
Warning! Be sure to give the correct drive letter as the output target, or you may overwrite and destroy existing data.

Windows Image Writer for Windows is a free application that can correctly write an image file to a memory stick. Download it and extract it.

To Double-click the Win32DiskImager icon to start the program. Verify that the drive letter shown under Device is the drive with the memory stick. Click the folder icon and select the image to be written to the memory stick. Click Save to accept the image file name. Verify that everything is correct, and that no folders on the memory stick are open in other windows. When everything is ready, click Write to write the image file to the memory stick.

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