converting 10.3-i386 to 10.3-amd64

Brandon J. Wandersee brandon.wandersee at
Thu Aug 25 11:25:43 UTC 2016

Warren Block writes:

> If you have not done much customization yet, the easiest 
> and most reliable way to go to amd64 is to just back up data, download 
> and install the amd64 version, and restore.

This is always my recommendation, and I recommend it more strongly if
you've only just installed the system and discovered you accidentally
installed the wrong version. Installing FreeBSD takes ten
minutes. Learning enough about FreeBSD to reliably convert a system
in-place without making any mistakes is obviously going to take much
longer; I'd be willing to bet that even for an expert, converting a
single system in-place would still take longer than reinstalling. It's
when you have several systems you'd need to reconfigure that in-place
conversion is beneficial.

::  Brandon J. Wandersee
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