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Copy Mint to another computer.

Postby NumNuts on Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:04 am

Hi,
I guess this has been asked a number of times.
I have a copy of mint setup for my kids on a laptop with various games etc.. Due to a number for punch ups and general arguments over ownership of the laptop, I have bought two extra laptops to bring peace and tranquility to the Numnuts household.
How do I make an image of the original laptop to install on the others?
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Re: Copy Mint to another computer.

Postby xnostradamusx on Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:36 am

well i just want to share what i do regarding that because sometimes my friends gets amazed with my mint so i just do a complete install with my mint 5 installer and use my burned copy of aptonocd and to restore the packages there so you wont need to bother to download everything again and can install it even without internet connection
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Re: Copy Mint to another computer.

Postby NumNuts on Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:54 am

Well tickle me b!"£$%s, never knew that was hiding away in there. You learn something new every day. This will restore the zen like calm to the family.
Cheers matey.
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Re: Copy Mint to another computer.

Postby xnostradamusx on Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:21 pm

glad i can help, btw i wonder what kind of games your kids playin cause you know 3d games isnt friendly with linux it doesnt get along with the video card
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Re: Copy Mint to another computer.

Postby awshidahak on Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:38 am

i know that the op's question is already answered but in case anyone browsing over here is curious about imaging here is how its done. First, you have to have an external hard drive with more free space than the size of the partition that you wish to copy. Then you boot off of the mint cd. Make sure that your external hard drive is plugged in and registered. Once you are at the main desktop screen click on Elyssa (or whichever the menu button happens to be) and then open Terminal. Once you are in terminal do the following:

1. type cd /media/ (not pressing enter at the end)

2. press tab. a menu of devices should appear. press the first few letters of the name of your external hard drive (case is important here. press tab again and press enter.

3. type the following and press enter (replace <partition> with the name of your partition eg sda2)
dd if=/dev/<partition> of=mycopy.img

It will take a very long time. once it is finished to copy it to a new computer with partition of the same size do the exact same except on step three you type
dd if=mycopy of=/dev/<partition>
remembering the replace <partition> as described above. you can also use this to copy whole hard drives (including partition table and mbr) by replacing <partition> with the hard drive eg. sda. hope this is useful to someone.
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Re: Copy Mint to another computer.

Postby msuggs on Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:29 pm

Another option is to use remastersys.
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