Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad x220 and have ordered a Lenovo T430s. Ideally I'd like to move the SSD (running 12.04) from the x220 to the new machine, rather than installing the OS on the new one and updating apps and restoring Home directory. Is it likely to work if I just put the current drive in the new machine?

share|improve this question

Yes, it is very likely to work. Linux is much more... transferrable then, say, Windows.

I have an HDD which migrated from an Atom-based netbook to a quad-core desktop to another laptop and it booted perfectly in all those machines.

share|improve this answer

Yes, this works much better than on Windows. I move my SSD between my work laptop (Dell) and my home computer on an everyday basis.

Depending on which graphics hardware the machines have (which on Lenovos is probably going to be Intel) you may have to reconfigure a bit (mostly if nvidia is involved).

share|improve this answer
Both machines have Intel graphics. I deliberately didn't get the Nvidia option on the new one... – Dan Gillmor Aug 29 '12 at 22:27

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.