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Move existing Linux Mint 13 install to another computer

Post by Meteor » Thu May 23, 2013 11:54 am

I have just purchased a newer laptop and want to move my existing Linux Mint 13 install from the "old" laptop onto the new one. Is there a way to do this? Can I make up a LiveDVD duplicating exactly what I have on my old system and install it on the new one? I would think that I'd need to develop an .iso file somehow so it will install verbatum onto the new one/

I've tried searching the forum for instructions but haven't found anything. I did find something called "aptoncd" but it looks as if it takes certain files from one system and writes them to a CD/DVD. It didn't seem like what I'm looking for.

I haven't really modified the original install of "Maya" too much and realize that I could just put the original DVD into the DVD drive, tell the DVD to place windows in the appropriate place (it's never run and I don't plan to even have the laptop start with windows. I've already change the boot order to start with the DVD then the USB before the hard drive...), then shut the laptop down.

Is there a way to make up an bootable DVD based as I've described?

Thanks for your attention,
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Re: Move existing Linux Mint 13 install to another computer

Post by Redondo » Thu May 23, 2013 12:00 pm

Since you have a new laptop, your going to have new hardware as well. Its best to just install mint anew. That way you would avoid any conflicts.

If you want you could backup your home partition/folder using the backup icon.

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Re: Move existing Linux Mint 13 install to another computer

Post by Meteor » Fri May 24, 2013 1:54 pm

Thanks for your reply, Redondo. It actually makes since as the "new" laptop is more modern than the one it's replacing. However, the "new" is actually two years old and refurbished. I purchased it because I didn't want to fiddle around with the windoze 8 imposed restrictions included with new computers. My "new" one came with "7" but that has never run here at my home. It's just waiting to be erased... :lol:

Following your suggestion, I will install Maya from my DVD and set her up to match this unit (now to be retired). It never hurts to ask and see if making a direct copy of what I had could be transferred to/installed on another machine with matching zeros and ones.

LiveDVD for Maya in hand. Installation begins when I post this reply. :)

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Re: Move existing Linux Mint 13 install to another computer

Post by gnudude » Fri May 24, 2013 2:02 pm

Meteor wrote:...what I had could be transferred to/installed on another machine with matching zeros and ones.
I can think of a few ways...none really one-click easy though...

The way I do mine is - http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... 3&t=134792

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Re: Move existing Linux Mint 13 install to another computer

Post by usbtux » Fri May 24, 2013 2:31 pm

Use redo or clonezilla to make a backup then restore these to the new lappy.

Possible issues.
New hard disk must be the same size or larger
Video driver issues. Set drivers to default before backup.
wifi card drivers. Boot with network cable then update/upgrade

A linux install is far, far, far more forgiving of different hardware than windows.

May work, you dont know until you try.

I would however expect the time taken to be about the same as a new install and update, you pays your money...
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Re: Move existing Linux Mint 13 install to another computer

Post by DrHu » Fri May 24, 2013 3:16 pm

AptonCD would work, it creates a list of applications (.deb files) that you can use to restore that set of applications onto another computer..
--without needing an internet connection..
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/aptoncd

A network connection or something like laplink or rsync or even a crossover ethernet cable
--all of which would let you mount the remote drive (1st machine) and install or copy the file to the local (new machine
http://everythinglinux.org/rsync/

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Re: Move existing Linux Mint 13 install to another computer

Post by usbtux » Sat May 25, 2013 1:15 pm

DrHu wrote:AptonCD would work, it creates a list of applications (.deb files) that you can use to restore that set of applications onto another computer..
--without needing an internet connection..
http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/aptoncd

A network connection or something like laplink or rsync or even a crossover ethernet cable
--all of which would let you mount the remote drive (1st machine) and install or copy the file to the local (new machine
http://everythinglinux.org/rsync/
Sort of, AptonCD is used to upgrade a system. It will install new applications if they are available in that repository, but you'll have to specify that program via apt-get install or synaptic or in connection with booster - Again it will only upgrade/install programs that have the deb(s) associated with the progs/applications/upgrade within the aptoncd iso.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM LinuxMint tutorials.
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http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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