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afterfostercare
February 22nd, 2012, 03:37 PM
I want to physically swap hard drives between my two home computers.

I have Ubuntu 11.10 installed and running on one PC and Ubuntu 11.04 installed and running on the other PC.

Both are home computers (not laptops)

Both are different home computers

Ubuntu 11.10 installed on an IBMNetVista 1GB RAM

Ubuntu 11.04 installed on a (different computer can't recall) with 4 Gigs RAM

If I take the hard drives out of each computer, and swap them, will the OS be ok and like MS Windows would, just install necessary drivers as it boots or could I be causing myself a world of pain?

roelforg
February 22nd, 2012, 03:38 PM
Just make sure you use the 32-bit version,
the system shouldn't mind in that case.

Did a lot, always worked.

blazemore
February 22nd, 2012, 03:40 PM
Assuming they are both the same type of CPU (Intel x86 or x64) you should be fine, but it will try to mount hard-disks that aren't there.

Your best bet is probably to back up the entire /home/your_username folder (including any hidden files, which begin with a dot), install Ubuntu from scratch on the new computer, then copy the folder back across which will restore all your settings and files.

afterfostercare
February 22nd, 2012, 03:43 PM
That is great. I did not mention that they are both 32-Bit installs and architechture thanks for reminding me. I learned how to find out if my hardware is 32-Bit or 64-Bit at this page:

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-how-to-find-if-processor-is-64-bit-or-not/

roelforg
February 22nd, 2012, 03:44 PM
That is great. I did not mention that they are both 32-Bit installs and architechture thanks for reminding me. I learned how to find out if my hardware is 32-Bit or 64-Bit at this page:

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-how-to-find-if-processor-is-64-bit-or-not/


I said to use the 32-bit version because then you don't have to mind the difference,
unlike windows; with linux the benefits from 64-bit over 32-bit are small; very small.

blazemore
February 22nd, 2012, 03:45 PM
I said to use the 32-bit version because then you don't have to mind the difference,
unlike windows; with linux the benefits from 64-bit over 32-bit are small; very small.

I have 16Gib RAM, so using 32 bit would be stupid.

roelforg
February 22nd, 2012, 03:48 PM
I have 16Gib RAM, so using 32 bit would be stupid.
32-bit linux can handle 64gb;
See: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/maximum-memory-and-cpu-limitations-for-linux-server.html