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I searched here and see mention of Clonezilla and Remastersys - but nothing I found answered my question completely, so I ask:

My home PC is just a generic one, and now that I changed it to Ubuntu I really love how it's come out and how it runs better !

My office PC is a different generic set of hardware, and I'd like to 'clone' the exact same setup to it but not have to repeat all the tweaking and such that I did already.

Is there a program that will allow me to replicate/install my already customized setup from one to the other, easily ? Are there certain steps I must make before doing something like that so it'll be compatible with different hardware ?

Thanks !

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Could you explain why Clonezilla and Remastersys do not meet your expectations?, Also generic is a generic term that is too generic for anyone to answer, so add your specs of both computers or the one you want to clone. –  Uri Herrera May 8 '12 at 2:19
    
Home PC=>Asus MB/AMD CPU/Nvidia display card; Office PC MSI MB/AMD CPU/Nvidia display card. I've never used either program yet. My query is because I want to make sure that since they likely have different northbridge/southbridge chipsets that the restored configuration will be able to adjust if it must and boot up properly. Does that help ? Thanks ! –  mark May 8 '12 at 2:30

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You can't be sure 100% that they'll work since it's different hardware, but here comes the interesting part Ubuntu will load the correct Modules for the hardware its running so the only thing you can do is just, try it and see if it works, now the configuration files are in your home folder under several hidden folders (.config for example).

A personal experience on this: I had a Core2Duo, MSi Intel motherboard and an AMD GPU running Ubuntu 11.04, when the time arrived I upgraded to an AMD PII x6, AMD Mb and the AMD GPU, luckily Ubuntu worked for me so, as i said.. try it.

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Excellent advice - I shall have to just try it then !!! I will be over-writing my current XP and I was worried I might have a non-bootable PC...but I think it is worth trying, and if I can make it into a live, bootable DVD it should show me if it will boot before I commit to it anyhow, I'm guessing... Thanks ! –  mark May 8 '12 at 2:39
    
I just did this over the weekend... took an existing system, cloned it using Clonezilla to an external drive, then restored in on totally different hardware... worked right out of the box... Actually pretty amazing –  Kendor May 8 '12 at 2:48
    
Thanks Kendor - that is very encouraging information !!! –  mark May 8 '12 at 6:58
    
I was severely disappointed with Remastersys because I have a spare partition with lots of stuff stored in it - and there's no way to tell it NOT to back that up - which was further complicated by it telling me my data was too big for a CD...WHAT ?? A CD ??? I had a writable DVD in the burner and I guess it doesn't 'speak' DVD sometimes, so I just gave up on it. Glad I did too, as that brought me to Redo which is way better. –  mark Jul 6 '12 at 18:34

I tried CloneZilla and it failed to complete; searching for the error it threw proved to be a waste of my time...

Moved on to Remastersys and found that it is so primitive and lacking in options as to be useless; meaning that it cannot be told WHAT & WHERE to back up...feh.

The best solution I've found:

Redo Backup (here)- holy cow is this great !!! I was able to make my backup to my USB stick in an amazingly short period of time, and restored it quickly as well - if there's anything else equal or better than Redo Backup I'd love to hear of it, but for now I am very, very satisfied.

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