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Originally Posted by jmrank Hey all... Just a quick question... can one install Linux on a dedicated hard disk on one machine, then move that disk to another machine and ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmrank View Post
    Hey all...

    Just a quick question... can one install Linux on a dedicated hard disk on one machine, then move that disk to another machine and boot from it? I know Windows won't allow you to do that, but can it be done with Linux?
    My experiance has been that the bios must be from the same supplier rather than hardware similariity to allow moving hard drives between machines

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    It's all in the drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by jmrank View Post
    Hey all...

    Just a quick question... can one install Linux on a dedicated hard disk on one machine, then move that disk to another machine and boot from it? I know Windows won't allow you to do that, but can it be done with Linux?
    I do this all of the time with Windows, by the way....

    It will work easily if the two machines are identical, but if they are different, the drivers will not match the hardware, and so things might not work. When this happens, the O/S will try to find the correct drivers and install them, which may be facilitated by having the original install CD or DVD in the appropriate drive.

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    I put another new machine together earlier today with all new parts, none of them matching the parts from the old machine, and after completion I copied the old drive with Linux on it over to the new drive and it boot perfectly on first boot. in fact, not a single hiccup to report. Of course, I made sure that all the new hardware was indeed compatible with Linux before starting this project and expecting it to work. I'm about 100% certain that Windows would have choked going from the old hardware to the new in this instance.
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    I'm about 100% certain that Windows would have choked going from the old hardware to the new in this instance.
    Not to mention, if windows had worked you might have drawn the wrath of Windows Genuine Advantage as it tracks major hardware changes and can require re-activation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmrank
    Just a quick question... can one install Linux on a dedicated hard disk on one machine, then move that disk to another machine and boot from it? I know Windows won't allow you to do that, but can it be done with Linux?
    There is no such problem in Linux. I have installed a few Linux distros in my External Hard disk and all of those boot up fine in different Hardware specs. One might face Graphics Card ( Nvidia/ATI ) and Wireless problems but its easy to fix those. Most of the time Low Graphics Mode works fine by default.
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