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    Moving ssd with Ubuntu 12.04 to laptop

    Is it possible to move my desktop SSD with 12.04 installed to my laptop. I want to change the SSD capacity on the desktop to a bigger Intel SSD. Laptop is an HP Pavillion dv7-6113cl with a 2.5" hard drive (has dual boot WIN 7 and 12.04).
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    Re: Moving ssd with Ubuntu 12.04 to laptop

    Yes, an Ubuntu based system is portable between computers. But Windows and MacOS are not portable.

    - if you have installed your system in BIOS mode, and
    - you have no proprietary drivers (or uninstall them),
    - the computer can manage the code (32-bit/64-bit, PC/PowerPC, need for any new proprietary driver)

    Proprietary drivers are typically used for a few kinds of hardware, (graphics, wifi) and peripherals (printer ...).

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    Re: Moving ssd with Ubuntu 12.04 to laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Yes, an Ubuntu based system is portable between computers. But Windows and MacOS are not portable.

    - if you have installed your system in BIOS mode, and
    - you have no proprietary drivers (or uninstall them),
    - the computer can manage the code (32-bit/64-bit, PC/PowerPC, need for any new proprietary driver)

    Proprietary drivers are typically used for a few kinds of hardware, (graphics, wifi) and peripherals (printer ...).
    Thanks it looks like it will work. Both 64 bit machines, no proprietary drives on desktop. The only thing I am not sure of is the desktop is a UEFI machine and the laptop a BIOS setup. Would boot repair fix GRUB Bootloader so it works with the BIOS on the Laptop?
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    Re: Moving ssd with Ubuntu 12.04 to laptop

    Yes it is definitely worth trying with Boot Repair. Otherwise you will find a lot of good advice if you search the internet with the phrase ubuntu grub2

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    Re: Moving ssd with Ubuntu 12.04 to laptop

    You may have to change the Block ID in both grub2 configuration file and in /etc/fstab. They need to match the Block ID of the new drive/partition.

    tgalati4@Mint14-Extensa ~ $ cat /etc/fstab
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
    # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
    # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    # / was on /dev/sda3 during installation
    UUID=b9e5433e-791c-4c7a-b08c-62f6820a474f / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # swap was on /dev/sda4 during installation
    UUID=1c9e07eb-1f94-435f-94be-38f74c0ff1e0 none swap sw 0 0
    tgalati4@Mint14-Extensa ~ $ blkid /dev/sda3
    /dev/sda3: UUID="b9e5433e-791c-4c7a-b08c-62f6820a474f" TYPE="ext4"

    tgalati4@Mint14-Extensa ~ $ sudo blkid /dev/sda4
    /dev/sda4: UUID="1c9e07eb-1f94-435f-94be-38f74c0ff1e0" TYPE="swap"

    Boot repair might take care of this, but it's easy enough to check and change manually.
    Last edited by tgalati4; January 9th, 2014 at 09:25 PM.
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    Re: Moving ssd with Ubuntu 12.04 to laptop

    Right. Editing fstab should be easy enough
    MB: Asrock Extreme4-M CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz Memory: Corsair Low Profile Vengeance 16.00 GB. GC On CPU HD4000 Platform: x86_64 Distribution:Ubuntu 14.04TrustyTahr with Cinnamon DE Boot: EFI File System:EXT4

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