Booting a linux os hard drive in another box?

Nathantu

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I wondered if it was possible to boot a linux os hard drive taken from one box and placed in another box, so I tried it. The grub menu loaded, then the linux os started booting and then stopped in mid stream. I know I could slave the drive, but I wanted to boot it. Is the drive hardware specific to the box it came from?
 


HaxNet

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I'm no expert, but when the distro was installed, wouldn't the drivers be pretty specific to your old box's hardware?
That's like trying to put an Xbox's hard drive and put it in a PS box and booting it. But what do I know?
 

Vrai

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I wondered if it was possible to boot a linux os hard drive taken from one box and placed in another box, so I tried it. The grub menu loaded, then the linux os started booting and then stopped in mid stream. I know I could slave the drive, but I wanted to boot it. Is the drive hardware specific to the box it came from?
I have actually done this before and everything worked fine :)
May have been just a lucky coincidence ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Unlike Microsoft, Apple, and others there is NO vendor lock-in when installing Linux.
But as @HaxNet noted - there may be specific drivers which are needed for the second box.
 

Vrai

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Could you provide more info about what distro is installed?
I believe it was Ubuntu or possibly Debian. It has been a few years but I'm pretty sure it was Ubuntu.
I recall being very surprised that it worked!
Ran like a charm :) I cannot recall if I had to install any different or additional drivers. I don't think so.
 

HaxNet

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I believe it was Ubuntu or possibly Debian. It has been a few years but I'm pretty sure it was Ubuntu.
I recall being very surprised that it worked!
Ran like a charm :) I cannot recall if I had to install any different or additional drivers. I don't think so.
I think @LorenDB was asking OP lol but it's all good.
 

LorenDB

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I was asking the OP but @Vrai that's good to know... I would assume that all the built-in drivers would be in the Linux kernel and not need installed.
 



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