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Re: How to Migrate to a new PC

On Wed, 2007-11-21 at 16:43 -0500, Gerry Doris wrote:
> I have a working FC6 system that is running on an old tired PC.  The FC6 
> install has several non Fedora applications running on it and the 
> standard applications have the normal modifications.  I now want to move 
> to a new faster PC. 
> I loaded FC8 on the new PC and it worked without a problem so I know the 
> new PC works with FC8.  I've configured the new PC hard drive with the 
> same partitions as my FC6 PC.  However, the drives are much bigger on 
> the new PC and are named differently.  For example, the old box has an 
> hda and hdd but no hdb or hdc for some reason? 
hda = primary ATA controller, master drive
hdb = primary ATA controller, slave drive
hdc = secondary ATA controller, master drive
hdd = secondary ATA controller, slave drive

new computer unlikely to have ATA drives...most are now SATA, new
hardware, new designations.

F8 requires 'labels' on filesystems
F8 uses sda/sdb/sdc, etc. even for ATA controller connected drives
> I really don't want to do a fresh install, load and then configure the 
> applications from scratch.  Ideally, I'd like to copy the FC6 system to 
> the new PC and then upgrade it to FC8.  I know it won't be clean but 
> I've upgraded in the past and understand the process.  I'd also rather 
> do the upgrade to FC8 on the new PC for a number of reasons.
probably really complicating things...better to have a clean install,
copy files that you need or even easier, create a new directory,
i.e. /home/old-system and copy contents of old hard drives there and get
what you need, when you need it
> What is the best way to do this?  Can I copy over the contents of the 
> partitions and then try and modify the key files so it will boot?  I'd 
> have to change grub.conf and fstab but what else would need to be 
> modified.  If I can get the system to boot I'm confident I can make the 
> other necessary changes .
clean install suggestion is the best way to do this.


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