I’m an happy Manjaro user, I installed my system 1 year ago with Manjaro Architect.
The system where Manjaro is installed (my home computer) is a bit old and I was able to buy a brand new upgrade kit (Mainboard/CPU/RAM) for Christmas…
I know that is technically possible to take the ssd where Manjaro is installed and plugin into the new mainboard, it is called top to bottom migration.
But I have several questions…
The new computer is globally different to the old one :
- The old one was using Bios and MBR, the new one UEFI and GPT (for the first drive which is an M2 drive)
- The /boot partition was on the master disk on my old system but I plan to keep the drive in the old system.
- The old architecture was Intel based, the new one is AMD based
My idea is to :
- Make a backup with clonezilla (to be more secure)
- Place the SSD into the new system
- Chroot into the old system
- Execute a new hardware detection with mhwd… I don’t know how to do it ?
- Create a new /boot partition, mount the EFI partition… I don’t know how to edit de fstab to add it ? Maybe regenerate it with genfstab ?
- Execute the grub restore procedure
Do you think it is a good idea ? Do you have any advice ?
Do you think it will be better to reinstall everything and get the data back from a backup ? (bottom to top approch)
Do you have an idea how to get a complete list of the package that it is installed on my old system to automate the installation ?
Any help or advice will be really appreciated.
Its simply going to be cleaner/easier … especially when we get into the BIOS vs EFI stuff … thats usually enough to warrant a reinstall (though apparently it is possible to convert given enough handiwork).
There are a number of manual ways … ex:
And I will also leave this here for you as it contains both pkglist and plasma ‘config cloning’ features:
Thank you cscs ! I used your advice to save my Plasma config and the list of all my packages.
But before reinstalling my system from scratch I wanted to make a try !
And… It was a success !
To do it :
- I Installed the 5.9.11 kernel and all the Manjaro updates on my old system (I’m running the stable branch)
- I used CloneZilla to clone my boot partition on an external drive.
- I placed the old SSD drive containing my old Manjaro system (/) into the new system. (Note that my old SSD is using an MBR partitioning system)
- I booted the new system on Windows and shrank the Windows partition to hold the old boot partition (NVME drive)
- I used CloneZilla to clone the boot partition from the external drive to the newly created one
- I booted the Manjaro live cd and mount manually all known partitions
- I created the /boot/efi folder and mount the efi partition
- I generated a new fstab by using fstabgen -U /mnt/etc/fstab
- I added the swap mount point
- I chrooted into the system and run the restore grub procedure as if my system was in UEFI before
- I rebooted the system and correct the GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE to see the grub menu
Et Voila ! Everything is working well even the new hardware (integrated audio and networking).
The only problem I’m encountering for the moment is :
EDAC amd64: Error: F0 not found, device 0x1650 (broken BIOS?)
I think it is because I’m using a brand new AMD 5600x CPU, I need to wait for a kernel update.
I hope it can help another user .
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