I have a W520 that I would like to move everything over to (I have a ton of installed applications and would rather not move everything over manually if I don't have to).
As a first attempt, can I just put the existing SSD drive in the new machine and try booting it? Both had 64 bit, SMP kernels and NVidia graphics chips.
I was just wondering what the chances of damaging anything are and what the odds of it booting.
With linux, swapping drives between even completely different machines usually works flawlessly. On leaner linux distros, you may need to install an additional video driver. Since you have Ubuntu, you already have many bundled drivers.
Other: mk5 Toughbook cf-19, mk1 Toughbook cf-53
I did have to spend a couple of hours tweaking afterwards to to get everything working as well but it was still a lot less work than installing from scratch.
At one point I had a basic install of Ubuntu 14.04 on an Expresscard SSD and I didn't have any problem booting it on several different Thinkpads. Right now I have Mint 18 on it and it boots on everything I've got that has a 64 bit processor.
Currently idle: A spare W500, a spare X61T, a 14" T61, a 15" SXGA+ T60, a 14" T60, and my first Thinkpad, a 770X.
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