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How to preserve settings/apps when doing a fresh install on a new drive?


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#1 Ravenbar

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:49 PM

I've got a new SSD on the way to replace my failing boot drive on my main system. I have all my data saved on another drive and this drive is just for the operating system and software packages.

 

I'm looking for a way to keep my software and settings when I swap the drive out.

 

As cat1092 pointed out in another thread, cloning the drive would just copy the errors, so that's out.

 

Other than go through with a pad of paper and record all the packages that I have installed, what are the options?


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 04:56 AM

How did you install the software? If you used the terminal:
history | grep install
..will display a list of all the commands containing the word "install" that you have typed in the terminal.
 
history | grep install > mysoftware
...will write the list to a file called mysoftware in your home directory

Edited by Al1000, 23 February 2016 - 04:57 AM.


#3 Ravenbar

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 06:35 PM

How did you install the software? If you used the terminal:

history | grep install
..will display a list of all the commands containing the word "install" that you have typed in the terminal.
 
history | grep install > mysoftware
...will write the list to a file called mysoftware in your home directory

 

Installed via a combination of Synaptic Package Manager and the command line. I'll give those commands a try to see what I come up with.


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 01:18 AM

Have you tried using Aptik

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/206454/how-to-backup-and-restore-your-apps-and-ppas-in-ubuntu-using-aptik/?PageSpeed=noscript



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:12 AM

In addition to what Gary has suggested above, there's also TimeShift, which can also create a bootable clone of your OS. 

 

Both Aptik & TimeShift are by the same developer & works on any Linux OS that's based on Ubuntu. 

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/206491/how-to-restore-your-ubuntu-linux-system-to-its-previous-state/

 

What TimeShift doesn't do is clone the entire drive, just the root partition. It's also considered to be a System Restore like app for these OS's, and good to use post restore of your new OS on the SSD. If you don't have a root, /home & Swap partitions (the recommended install type) & just have the OS's home directory in the root partition, TimeShift will restore everything other than Swap. 

 

There is even a Clone function, yet it's not like that of backup software, so the issue in regards to bad sectors will not be one with TimeShift. What I'm unsure of is if the Clone function keeps the size of the partition the same as the original. At any rate, this is something good to have, once settled into your new SSD. That way, should you install something & the OS is broken, you have a physical System Restore point on hand to undo damage. 

 

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Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 06:40 PM

In addition to what Gary has suggested above, there's also TimeShift, which can also create a bootable clone of your OS. 

 

Both Aptik & TimeShift are by the same developer & works on any Linux OS that's based on Ubuntu. 

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/206491/how-to-restore-your-ubuntu-linux-system-to-its-previous-state/

 

What TimeShift doesn't do is clone the entire drive, just the root partition. It's also considered to be a System Restore like app for these OS's, and good to use post restore of your new OS on the SSD. If you don't have a root, /home & Swap partitions (the recommended install type) & just have the OS's home directory in the root partition, TimeShift will restore everything other than Swap. 

 

There is even a Clone function, yet it's not like that of backup software, so the issue in regards to bad sectors will not be one with TimeShift. What I'm unsure of is if the Clone function keeps the size of the partition the same as the original. At any rate, this is something good to have, once settled into your new SSD. That way, should you install something & the OS is broken, you have a physical System Restore point on hand to undo damage. 

 

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Any idea how to do the clone feature on timeshift. I haven't found it. I have a 100Gb'ish external drive that's empty so I can give it a try while I await the arrival of the SSD.


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 06:51 PM

Its next to the settings button.

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 06:58 PM

I've found that there is a sewtting ion the Linux Mint 17.3 stock backup tool that saves the installed programs. I'm attempting a restore now. Download is currently at over 7 hours to go.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 01:47 AM

I've found that there is a sewtting ion the Linux Mint 17.3 stock backup tool that saves the installed programs. I'm attempting a restore now. Download is currently at over 7 hours to go.

 

Hopefully the app has improved since I last used it, which was 4-5 years back & many releases ago. :)

 

Good Luck with the restore!

 

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