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Re: Migrating Debian installation to a new motherboard

On Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:36:47 +0200 (CEST)
local10 <local10@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi,
> Am looking for an easy way to move my Debian PC to a new motherboard,
> that is without reinstalling all the packages and config settings.
> All the hardware with the exception of the motherboard will remain
> the same, I have a spare hard drive, the same model as my working HD,
> which I can use as a setup area if needed. I did a similar migration
> with success some years back and used the "Shockingly easy server
> upgrade" writeup from Debian Planet as guide, which was available at
> http://www.debianplanet.org/node.php?id=875
> <http://www.debianplanet.org/node.php?id=875> but it's no longer
> there and I can't find it.
> Any ideas? Thanks

I've done this several times even going from a 32-bit MB/OS to a 64-bit
one.  Initially all I did was install the old hard drive in the new MB
and boot. System never failed to boot.  Although, I did at times have to
install a different driver or two.

Since you'll be going from a MBR BIOS to a UEFI-type MB which also
supports MBR, I'd turn off Secure Boot, Fastboot (Debian doesn't support
them) and enable Legacy support.  I assume Buster was installed as MBR
boot on the old MB.

Worse that can happen is it doesn't work, and you have search for
another solution.