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    migrating from old to new machine

    Well, comes a time when upgrading is the only answer, but I am at a loss as to how to do it!
    I picked up a new box with lots of disk space, lots of memory, and a 4 core processor (64 bit)
    The old box is just that, OLD ..
    New box is 64 bit and SATA only ... where the old box was 32 bit and had both IDE & Sata, but the drive is IDE I want to move 32 bit Ubuntu 16.04 to the new machine and then update to 18.04. (64 bit)

    I really could uses a step by step....... do I need to try using a stick (i have a couple of 16gb units)? ...
    Or, can I just run a cable?...
    Or, can I use my home network?...

    Will I need special software?

    Not been under the hood in Linux for a LONG time, so, please be kind and treat me like a newbie (lol)

    AND THANKS!!

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    Re: migrating from old to new machine

    You can't upgrade from 32 to 64-bit. You need a new installation.

    Simply backup your personal files from the old to an external media or cloud service and then transfer to the new after installing the OS.

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    Re: migrating from old to new machine

    THANK YOU!! Nice and quick! (not sure as to what are the "personal files". Guess I will get the 18.4 now and get that part done.)

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    Re: migrating from old to new machine

    Anything under /home should constitute "personal" files.

    If you want to have the same software on the next machine as the old, you can use the command
    Code:
    cd ~
    sudo dpkg --get-selections > package.list
    That will create a file called "package.list" in your home directory. After installing a new Ubuntu version on the new machine, you can use this file to recreate your installation:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg  --set-selections < package.list
    Put the file on a USB thumbdrive or equivalent so you can use it on the new machine.
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    Re: migrating from old to new machine

    With new gear 18.04 is not always a good option. Hardware support is better in 19.10.

    You might be lucky that 18.04 works but the safe bet is 19.10.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: migrating from old to new machine

    Thanks for the hardware tips as well ... I am an oldefart and retired over 25 years ago. So, I do spend a lot of time on my computers. I have the new(er) box up and running and updated with 18.04 and later this week will set up the stick and see how that goes.

    Again, thanks people.

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