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    Exclamation Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    As the title suggests im trying to move Ubuntu to a new computer. Im looking at ways of backing up all my applications, configurations and other data. Now here is my question

    Is there anyway to move/copy all of my installed applications/libraries to my new Hardy PC.

    Ive tried aptoncd & creating an install script in synaptic but there is a snag. Aptoncd cannot find all of my packages (stuff from tarballs and the like) and the install script made by synaptic only installs packages that are found in the repos. I need all of the packages/libaries that are installed on this computer to be copied over to the new computer without making it unusable.

    Ive already backed up all of my data in my /home directory and need to know if there is anything else that i need to backup.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    -Germ

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    If you have an external, use:
    http://www.clonezilla.org/download/sourceforge/

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    If i make a image of my current system and then restore it on the new computer won't there be issues with the different hardware??

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    There is a package that makes a 'live cd' of your current install. I can't remember the name at the moment. Basicaly it takes everything except your /home/ dir and there is also an option to make a backup of your entire system and make it an install dvd. So you can stick it in any new pc and run the install and a few mins later you got everything preinstalled
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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyTheGeek View Post
    If i make a image of my current system and then restore it on the new computer won't there be issues with the different hardware??
    How different is your new computer?

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    New computer:
    PDF LINK >> https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon..../171948090.pdf
    +1 extra GB RAM

    Old Computer:
    256mb RAM
    40 GB ATA drive
    2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium IV (512 kb L2 cache)
    15 (apx) inch CRT screen
    intel AC'97 sound card
    usb keyboard + mouse
    CD-RW drive
    floppy drive


    -Germ

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    I cannot assure you it will work, but you can try. The kernel is supposed to load the modules according to the hardware it faces, but it doesn't always work.

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    Assuming I do restore an image onto the different hardware. How do i install the Grub bootloader?

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire View Post
    There is a package that makes a 'live cd' of your current install. I can't remember the name at the moment. Basicaly it takes everything except your /home/ dir and there is also an option to make a backup of your entire system and make it an install dvd. So you can stick it in any new pc and run the install and a few mins later you got everything preinstalled
    If that works, that is brilliant.

    That is EXACTLY what I am looking for.

    I have Ubuntu pretty nicely set up on a 5400rpm laptop drive, but I want to install it as a dual boot on my old 7200rpm laptop drive.

    The 7200rpm drive already has XP on it, so I will want to make a live CD from my current install and reinstall it on my new drive.

    If I do this, will it transfer everything "as-is"?

    Basically, I cant be bothered to spend days setting ubuntu up again,and just want to be able to take everything as it is, as transfer it, making a dual boot in the process...

    Any help on this would be excellent!

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    Re: Moving Ubuntu To A New Computer

    Ive done some more research and found remastersys. Remastersys is a way to create a liveCD/DVD of your existing system.

    Instructions are at >> http://www.ubuntugeek.com/creating-c...mastersys.html

    use the repos from this thread >> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=685911

    My problem is that I only have 3GB left free on my /home partition. Is there anyway to allow remastersys to make the iso on a portable HD/iPod (80GB classic in disk mode).

    Remastersys can also be used to create CD/DVD for distribution minus the user data.

    -Germ

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