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Hi I have suse9 installed on a pentiumII-333 but tried the hdd in another machine just for a 'laugh' - but it doesn't boot. I didn't really expect it to, ...
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- 04-14-2008 #1
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- Sep 2005
Can I move my hdd to another machine?
I have suse9 installed on a pentiumII-333 but tried the hdd in another machine just for a 'laugh' - but it doesn't boot.
I didn't really expect it to, but does anyone know if you can swap drives and make linux run or is this stupid idea?
Instead of a new install I'm trying to preserve my existing configurations of Samba, Apache etc..
Please tell me if I am being an idiot
Last edited by Thrrrppp; 04-14-2008 at 10:49 PM. Reason: reword
- 04-15-2008 #2
it's possible if you do it proper way. since I did once on sles10.
- Make a backup for all configuration for apache, samba & etc
- Then, I will turn off all services
- Transfer the hdd,
- Boot new system with SLES DVD
- Choose installation --> other option --> repair
This will repair the filesystem & all dependencies of your new system including your bootloader.
But, to be honest I would prefer you to do fresh sles10 installation then import all your backup configuration file to a new system. Some more, all configuration files for samba, apache, bind & etc are not so big to backup into your thumbdrive. Even for your big data in /srv/www & /var/lib/mysql or samba home directory, you still have choice to use rsync to transfer everything for you.
Just my 2 cents
- 04-16-2008 #3
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- Córdoba (Spain)
- 04-16-2008 #4
- 04-17-2008 #5
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- Sep 2005
thanks for all your replies, your effort is appreciated
the error I get is:
INIT: version 2.82 booting
INIT: Entering run level: 5 <------ (says runlevel 3 if in failsafe)
INIT: Id "1" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id "2" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id "3" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id "4" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id "5" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id "6" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel
Someone else on a centos site mentioned a similar question, but their server had failed (not the hdd though) and they wanted to move the drive to a new machine - what I am doing isn't quite that serious though
The 'destination' pc has a very similar setup - 1 cpu (amd 500mhz) 256 ram, one dvd drive, 1 hdd ,net cards are different)
Anyway I'll read up on 'INIT'...
- 04-17-2008 #6
Yeah it's not a cut and dry answer, it depends on the system. I've done it before and it was fine, other times dead. The main fault I've found it drivers for hard drive controllers. Without them in the initrd you will fail to boot. So moving from say an intel board to an nvidia board will prevent booting of the kernel. You can repair it manually with a livecd if you know how though I would recommend checking your loaded modules to make sure you aren't loading unnecessary modules at every boot.
- 04-17-2008 #7
Having said that, I've changed the mainboard on systems several times and I've yet to see any Linux install miss a heartbeat. This isn't quite the same as moving the hard disk to another computer as the video card and other on-board equipment is still the same, but it's pretty close. Linux has always astonished me when I've done this. Similar changes to Window 2000 or XP would cause untold grief.Linux user #126863 - see http://linuxcounter.net/