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Old 06-22-2016, 11:53 PM   #1
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Moving stuff from Mint computer to new Windows 10 computer.


Have 2 computers running Mint. Getting a new Windows 10 computer and want to transfer all the files over to it from one of the Linux computers. How do I do that. Will Acronis work?
 
Old 06-23-2016, 01:25 AM   #2
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Hi & Welcome to LQ.

You could use Acronis but I'm not familiar with it. The software should come with a handbook or manual to explain how to use it. The Acronis Users Guide is online in a PDF-
https://www.google.com/#q=instructio...to+use+acronis

There are other back up software here in this link:
http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...03/Backup.html

You could also backup everything on your Mint machine to an external HDD and just copy it over to the new pc your getting.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ackup_programs
 
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:29 AM   #3
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I would use a USB drive to hold the files and then just copy them to the Win 10 machine. You can get 128 GB microSD cards that work well with microSD to USB adapters.
 
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Hi.

And\or, do you have DVD\rw, online storage spaces, other drives plus maybe you can make a data connection?

Acroni$ $hould work? (Just don't really on them any more than Linux* and of course yourself. )

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Old 06-23-2016, 05:23 AM   #5
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Use WinSCP, use OneDrive, Google Drive, attached to email as "Draft", USB external drive, configure Samba or Setup Filezilla FTP Server in Windows then use ftp client in Linux. Choice is yours. Good luck!!
 
Old 06-23-2016, 06:00 AM   #6
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Regarding your "files", I usually consider that there are three basic types of files: applications, application configurations, and data files.

It's not worth copying over the applications over as they will not work under Windows 10, unless you incorporate Linux using virtualization etc. on your new computer.

The application configurations depend on the application and how it stores its configurations on the two platforms. What you may need to do, if you're using like for like applications e.g. Firefox, is to export your configuration using the application on Mint and then import it again into the equivalent application in Windows.

The data files are easy to transfer, using the methods described by other posters, but note that they will only be usable if you have an application on the Windows box that supports them. You may need to convert some formats.

Personally I would use an external hard drive as the transfer medium. You just need to ensure that the drive is formatted as FAT/NTFS.
 
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:25 AM   #7
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Thumb/USB is the "easiest" solution.
Universal and somewhat economic.
It will "just work", or should just work.
And can easily be verified before you commit to the switch
on another Windows computer.
 
Old 06-23-2016, 07:30 AM   #8
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remove your windows HD hook it up via usb to one of your linux then
Code:
mv -fv /home/* /Windows/blah/blah/directory/
Then clean up after yourself. Done!

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Old 06-23-2016, 08:04 AM   #9
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if your machinery can be joined to local network, I would install Samba server at one of Mint machines.
This way you can transfer files (or use them without transfer) over network without using removable media and (it's more important) you can synchronize all your data easily
 
Old 06-23-2016, 09:58 AM   #10
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I may be mistaken, but I think the OP wants to transfer the entire Mint system to the new computer. That isn't straightforward. I would do a new install of Mint on the new computer, after running
Code:
dpkg --get-selections > ~/my-packages
on the old mint, and saving that file to an external drive for use on the new computer, and backing up /home on it. I would then run
Code:
sudo dpkg --set-selections < my-packages && sudo apt-get dselect-upgrade
on the new installation. That will reinstall all the packages that were installed on the old computer. Then copy the backup of /home, and you will have a system as close as possible to the old one. Transferring a disk image from one computer to another doesn't always work, IME it seldom does, and you've lost a lot of time making the thing and trying to get it on the new computer. I don't believe it's worth the effort. The only thing worth saving is /home, or any other directories/partitions that might be used for data. You're way ahead with a new installation that works.
 
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:55 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
I may be mistaken, but I think the OP wants to transfer the entire Mint system to the new computer. That isn't straightforward. I would do a new install of Mint on the new computer, after running
Code:
dpkg --get-selections > ~/my-packages
on the old mint, and saving that file to an external drive for use on the new computer, and backing up /home on it. I would then run
Code:
sudo dpkg --set-selections < my-packages && sudo apt-get dselect-upgrade
on the new installation. That will reinstall all the packages that were installed on the old computer. Then copy the backup of /home, and you will have a system as close as possible to the old one. Transferring a disk image from one computer to another doesn't always work, IME it seldom does, and you've lost a lot of time making the thing and trying to get it on the new computer. I don't believe it's worth the effort. The only thing worth saving is /home, or any other directories/partitions that might be used for data. You're way ahead with a new installation that works.
^ This, if that's the goal

The only thing I'd add is to make a backup of /etc on the old machine as well. Don't copy it straight onto the new machine, but keep the backup handy for if/when you start setting up the config for services on the new machine to match what you had running on the old one.
 
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Old 06-23-2016, 04:57 PM   #12
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Yes, a backup of /etc could be useful for finding config files. Some may not work on the new machine, but most should. I would recommend just copying over the necessary ones, not restoring the entire /etc directory structure. That could be messy.
 
Old 08-04-2016, 02:29 AM   #13
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Thanks, everyone.
 
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You're Welcome.

Can you share what you did to solve your issue?
 
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