Re: Computer transplant -

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On 05/01/11 10:15, Peter Larsen wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-01-05 at 10:01 -0500, Bob Goodwin wrote:
>> This computer has developed problems and I have elected to replace
>>      it with another used computer which FedEx should deliver in a few
>>      days. I know I can transfer file from one to the other but is there
>>      any hope I could simply install these hard drives and boot from
>>      them. That would save me the effort of a lot of configuration.
> This is a hard question to answer without a lot of details - in short,
> the answer is always "it depends".
>
> But presuming your old and new computer can interface to the same type
> of harddrives - for instance most modern computers have both SATA and
> PATA on the mobo. So if your old computer is PATA and new computer SATA,
> simply take the hard-drive out of the old computer and install it in the
> new one. Do this AFTER you have installed an OS and otherwise got your
> new system ready. After this, it's a simply matter of copying files from
> the old to the new drive. Once done, you can disconnect the old drive
> fully and simply use the new system.
>
> If the two computers are 100% compatible in hardware - cpu, ram, cards
> etc. an option is to simply install the old drive in the new machine and
> boot. But that is rarely possible. Also, your old computer may not be
> the newest OS and by trying to use old releases you may not find it very
> easy to use your newer hardware.  So it's better to simply install F14
> on the new box and transfer your /home files over after the fact. It's a
> bit of work, yes - but it's worth it.
>
> If your old hdd has a separate partition/volume for /home you can dd it
> over instead of copying it. The danger here is, that your new system may
> want different security labels and you may take advantage of the
> situation and want to clean things up a bit; dd takes everything dirt
> and good stuff alike. But dd sure makes moving from one hdd to another
> easy.
>
> If the first assumption is wrong - that you cannot install the old hdd
> in the new box, you can do one of the following: use the old computer
> networked to the new one, and transfer files that way or get an external
> enclosure that's compatible with your old drive, and mount the drive via
> USB to your computer. This is rather slow but will work.
>
>>      I suspect not but wanted to ask before doing anything else.
> Better safe than sorry.
>
>>      I hesitate to shut this computer off, It comes on sounding like a
>>      jet engine in my quiet room, fans running full bore and does not
>>      POST. I changed the power supply, it ran ok for a week or more, I
>>      figured I had it fixed until the problem returned with a vengeance.
>>      I can get it to run by pulling off a fan plug and reinserting it
>>      although that fan does not appear to be the problem. Too much,
>>      simpler to buy another used box.
> Sounds like a heat issue? Keep the box turned off for longer periods and
> see if it solves anything. Remember, you can also take the hdd out and
> install it elsewhere and bypass that problem all together.
>
>

    Not a heat issue. The case can't even close with the power supply I
    am using, dust has been vacuumed out, shut down period is ~8 hours
    so it's cool by then.

    I don't want to chance having a less than perfect install so I guess
    it means install from the DVD, burn the needed time on my satellite
    ISP connection and update, then transfer files. I will simply add
    the new one to the network and do what is necessary to get what I want.

    My ISP [Wildblue] usage is limited to 17 gigs/30 days so that's
    always a concern and I suppose the reason for my original question.

    Thanks Terry and Peter.

    Bob


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