moving linux around

William Attwood wattwood at
Sat Oct 25 22:49:34 MDT 2008

On Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 8:47 PM, Corey Edwards <tensai at> wrote:

> On Sat, 2008-10-25 at 14:53 -0600, Hans Fugal wrote:
> > Andres Gonzalez wrote:
> > > Can I take a hard drive that has linux installed on it, and use it on a
> > > different mobo, without having to install linux again?
> >
> > Like Andy said, it should go smoothly. The biggest hangup might be
> > finding the root partition. If it doesn't find the root partition at
> > boot, you might need to edit your grub or lilo conf, and /etc/fstab,
> > from a rescue disk. But if it was on the only (primary) hard drive in
> > both machines this will be unnecessary.
> I just have to add my own Me Too post here. There really won't be much
> of an issue making a move like that unless you've built a custom kernel
> and turned off device drivers that are needed for the new system. I
> strongly recommend distro-provided kernels. I've moved systems about
> like that on at least 4 machines that I can recall right off and the
> only issue I had was on a desktop that needed an nvidia driver to get
> 3D. But it still at least worked with the default nv X driver.
> Windows OTOH, one of the machines I moved was dual boot. Windows (it was
> 98, so I do give it some slack) has been hosed and I just haven't
> bothered to fix it. For one I have no idea where my install CD is and
> for two, it's a great opportunity to get rid of Windows.
> Corey
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I would like to add to this that you need to make sure it's not on any sort
of Hardware or Software RAID that may break if moved...  Then, of course, do
an update when you plug it into the new box.

Good luck.

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