advice on cloning system
At the bottom of this post is a description of my last attempt
at 'cloning' my old system to my new machine. I put 'cloning' in
quotes because it's not really that, otherwise I could just
use 'dd'. The procedure left me with a system that seemed fine
until I tried to run kdm. The system did this without complaint
but gave only a blank screen on Terminal 7.
Here is my setup:
toshiba satellite 1135 with:
lots of applications
toshiba satellite a305-s6857 with:
My goal is to install etch alongside vista (dual boot) and to copy
as many of my applications as I can from my old disk to the new,
as opposed to re-installing them from the debian repository.
Any suggestions highly appreciated. My research on this turns up
only examples where people are doing a true cloning via 'dd,'
which is clearly not applicable to my situation because I want to
retain vista and because of hardware differences.
LAST ATTEMPT, WHICH FAILED TO SET UP KDM PROPERLY
I want to put linux on a new computer, without having to rebuild
all my applications. Following are the steps I plan to take:
Install a base system with the same network installer disk
which I used for the source machine and without getting
anything from the network.
Copy to the new machine from old with:
mount /dev/sda3 /sD
cp -dRvpu / /sD (actually, I copied directories
individually, skipping /dev and of course /sD)
The drive on the new machine is bigger and of a
different brand. For the copy, the new drive is
attached to the old machine as a usb drive.