Install amd64 over existing i386

Chris Hill chris at
Sun Mar 15 16:09:50 UTC 2015

Hi list,

I bought a new machine the other day, and accidentally installed the 
i386 version of FreeBSD on it even though it has a 64-bit processor. It 
works fine, but I think I'd rather have the "right" version. So, two 

1. Is it even worth worrying about at this point?

2. Can I just install amd64 without destroying existing filesystems and 
files? I realize I'll have to reinstall my ports, but that's OK.


More info below. Yes, the CMOS clock was set incorrectly when I did the 
$ uname -a
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE #0 
r274401: Tue Nov 11 22:51:51 UTC 2014 
root at  i386

Relevant part of dmesg:
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E8500  @ 3.16GHz (3158.81-MHz 686-class CPU)
   Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0x1067a  Family = 0x6  Model = 0x17  Stepping = 10
   AMD Features=0x20100000<NX,LM>
   AMD Features2=0x1<LAHF>
   TSC: P-state invariant, performance statistics

Chris Hill               chris at
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