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If a hard drive is partitioned, formatted, and has Linux, say Ubuntu, installed on computer A, the drive is then unplugged and moved to computer B as the only drive on B, will Linux boot or is the install hardware-specific to A?
If not, does it require a new install (i.e., as if it had never been installed while on A) or can it be "tweaked" to boot on B?
I conclude that it will always be preferable, everything else being equal, to just do the install on the intended machine (B in this case) in the first place. If this is not correct, please elaborate. Otherwise I have my answer. Thanks again.
My reason for asking is that Computer B (in our office) is in frequent use by various people, so it is more convenient to use A for the install, create the mount points for /home, etc and then move it to B.
Saikee, your post gives me confidence to give it a try this way. I guess in the worst case, I wind up installing on B anyway. Thanks.
Saikee, I agree with you in theory, but I am just crawling out of the sandbox on all fours and have only just got to the point where I can get a DVDRW installed (to back up the /home, etc). It delayed my move from 5.04 to 6.06,then 6.10 because I was concerned about losing all the work files in my /home. I now see that I could have done that as well by hooking up and copying /home to a second drive and doubtless there are other alternatives.
I still cannot do even these things off the top of my head and spend hours googling, posting, etc, just to get them done, so it is indeed much easier for me to have the 3rd partition for /home (+ possibly /etc, possibly /var [not sure about this, still googling] and maybe others), so that I can do the upgrades, re-installs, new installs, etc without disturbing those several years of office files.
It is not all black. I am definitely feeling better about my understanding of how Linux works (albeit at a very primitive stage.) It is an excellent ongoing intellectual challenge, and even with my limited (intellectual) tools, am very much absorbed by the learning process and gratified by my small achievements.
I will close by thanking you and all the other talented forum contributors for their kind assistance and patience with me and my fellow noobs. (And when I moan about not getting a response, just fuggidaboutit!)