Ok, so there are a couple of possibilities here.
- Use an external USB drive as your installation target. I have a couple of 500GB Toshiba external drives (not ‘sticks’) that I use for this purpose. These will be the root drive of the newly installed system. You’ll still need an installation media such as a USB ‘stick’ drive - 8GB or so works fine. Preparation instructions for the installation media (the ‘stick’) are found on telegram or elsewhere on this forum. To proceed, you 'll need to interrupt your Power On Self Test and select a boot menu - hopefully this is supported in your current BIOS. Select the install ‘stick’ as the boot drive. When you get to the Trident installation menu be sure to select the correct target disk for the installation - the external USB drive, not the ‘stick’, and NOT your internal hard disk! In fact, do what I do and just remove the internal hard disk and set it aside. That way, there is absolutely no way it will be affected.
Once the system is installed, power down and remove the USB ‘stick’ installation media. Then boot up, selecting the external USB disk (still attached) and the system should boot. If your system supports USB 3.0 speed, it should be acceptably enough for general use.
- If you don’t have an external USB lying around, try installing into a virtual machine. There are lots of people doing that on these forums and you can easily find help for that. If you don’t have VMWare, you can use Qemu (available as a FreeBSD package or port - also available on other platforms). Qemu 2.9.0 works nicely but I’ve used other versions too.
If you need help with Qemu (getting it set up and running can be a bit challenging) let me know. I have some write-ups some where. I’ll just send them to you via email.
Hope this helps,
Jim B. - firstname.lastname@example.org