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Check out Mondo at http://www.microwerks.net/~hugo/. You should be able to clone your setup with it, or just transfer the data you need. I just downloaded it the other day and haven't had time to play with it, but it looks like it should do what you want.
I have a network set up, and I tried copying my entire /home directory to the new computer, but that only broke things. Both computers have Mandrake 8.2, with identical user accounts and root passwards, but their hardware is completely different.
I looked at Mondo, but my machines have different hardware, so I don't think a clone of my system will work on the second box.
Maybe there isn't an easy way to do what I want? I know there wasn't in windows.
So you don't mean just d/l music and things of that sort. You mean actually installed progs and user settings? While having diff hardware most likely won't work with the installed progs, I believe there is probably a way to keep user settings. If you did a:
cp /dev/hda/home /dev/hdb/home...
Instead try just cp'ing user by user. I think .profile and .bashrc are going to alot of the things you'll want to save. Of course it's late here so I might be totally wrong, but good luck.
What do you mean by 'data' I guess would be the next question?
If you just want to take over the contents of one directory, just tarball the stuff, its easy. For instance, on Mandy crate #1 (insert your username where bob is)
tar czvf wholelottastuff.tar.gz *
This will take everything in the directory /home/bob (hence the *), and stuff it all into a single file (tar and the f option for file and c for compress), it'll print everything to the screen while it squishes it (hence the v for verbose), and zip it so it takes less space (der, the z, and also the .gz extension). Copy that to /home/bob on the other machine and extract it with:
tar xvzf wholelottastuff.tar.gz
(the x is for extract, you get the idea on the rest).