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    What should I leave out when Restoring Data to Upgraded installation?

    When my 6-year-old IDE drive (running Ubuntu 8.0.4) seized up, I managed to get it working again long enough to copy all its files to a TAR file backup on new SATA drive-2;

    I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a new SATA drive-1, mounted SATA drive-2, and restored the data from backup. It mostly worked-- However, when I rebooted the computer, the old boot record for the Ubuntu 8.0.4 drive had supplanted the new boot record!

    I am about to try restoring the data again;
    I plan to remove the OLD IDE-Ubuntu-8.0.4 boot directory from the TAR backup first. This should allow the new boot record to remain intact.
    Or am I wrong?

    **Is there any other file I need to REMOVE from my old-system backup to avoid screwing up the new system when I restore the data??**

    Any assistance greatly appreciated!
    Trent T.

    PS--
    Technical details:

    To Backup data, I followed directions from Heliode's excellent article,
    Howto: Backup and restore your system!, posted 5/17/05;

    After becoming root, I changed directory to SATA drive-2, and typed

    tar cvpf backup.tgz --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+found --exclude=backup.tgz --exclude=/mnt --exclude=/sys /

    # Probably should have added, --exclude=/boot

    To Restore data the first time around, I became root again,
    went to SATA drive-2, and typed

    tar xvpf backup.tgz -C /

    Everything worked well-- I just could not reboot from SATA drive-2...


    ================================================== ==================
    MY DRIVES:
    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00040540

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 18729 150440661 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 18730 19457 5847660 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 18730 19457 5847628+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000d3592

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 60801 488384001 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/sdc: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0003de9d

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 1 60801 488384001 83 Linux

    MY SYSTEM
    My system:
    OS: ubuntu Linux 9.04 - Jaunty Jackalope
    Motherboard: MSI MS-7366, version: 1.0 width: 32 bits
    Firmware BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. version: V3.3 (03/07/2008)64KiB
    CPU Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E1200 @ 1.60GHz version: 6.15.13 1600MHz @200MHz
    Memory DIMM SDRAM Synchronous 2 GiB width: 64 bits
    Audio-Motherboard: MCP73 High Definition Audio, nVidia version: a1
    Audio-add-in: SB Live! EMU10k1 by Creative Labs, V.7 33MHz
    Hard Drive: Seagate ATA - ST3160815AS size: 149GiB (160GB) partitioned:dos
    capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files recover ext3 ext2 initialized
    configuration: created=2009-09-03 02:15:45 filesystem=ext3 modified=2009-09-03 03:21:47 mounted=2009-09-03 03:21:47 state=clean

    CD/DVD Read/Write: SATA HP DVD Writer 1070d

    Printer - HP Photosmart C4400

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    Re: What should I leave out when Restoring Data to Upgraded installation?

    Since you had been running 8.04 and now have 9.04, all you really need to restore is your previous home directory.

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    Re: What should I leave out when Restoring Data to Upgraded installation?

    Since you did a fresh install of 9.04. and just want the data from the tar file.
    Have you though to un-tar it on one of the other drives - browse and copy with nautilus whatever it is you want to keep.
    UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn
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    Re: What should I leave out when Restoring Data to Upgraded installation?

    Thanks louieb--
    That's what I ended up doing--
    I un-tarred the backup file to a second hard drive, and copied over things that I wanted to save.
    It seems like an inelegant solution, in some ways;
    I have had to reinstall some of the software I previously had, such as LaCie lightscribe, and win4lin. Also, Wanda the Fortune-Telling Fish no longer tells fortunes , but that's a minor problem.

    Over-all though, it was so much easier to archive and restore than Win XP and its predecessors..

    Thanks to all who commented!!

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