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How do I backup my Ubuntu 9.10 system and then restore it to a new machine with different hardware?

How do I backup my Ubuntu 9.10 system and then restore it to a new machine with different hardware?

I have a nicely configured Ubuntu 9.10 machine, with crossover linux (from Codeweavers) installed. I have the Nvidia drivers installed. Everything is just as I want it.

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Guest [Entry]

If you install a fresh install, then setup your hardware you can just copy your home directory over. With your home directory you'll be able to keep all settings for programs and desktop environment as well as your files. Isn't setting up your hardware on Ubuntu just a couple of extra minutes compared to the install time anyway?
Guest [Entry]

"New system complains about swap not being found

When you partitioned the new drive you either didn't make a swap partition, or never ran mkswap on it. Edit /etc/fstab, fix(or just comment out) the swap line.

New system complains about not finding Nvidia hardware, and I can't open the System->Administration->Hardware Drivers application (i.e., /usr/bin/jockey-gtk) to fix the problem.

Why can't you?

newer versions of X don't need a config file.

try

cd /etc/X11
mv xorg.conf xorg.conf.disabled

As result of nvidia, X-Windows is throwing errors, and the on screen process for fixing X-Windows isn't working.

What errors?

FYI, there is no such thing as X-Windows."
Guest [Entry]

"I wouldn't migrate a system running blob drivers such as Nvidia. I have no clue what Nvidia's setup process entails (it might be very specific) and write hardware-specific information to a config file.

The FLOSS drivers all migrated cleanly (as one would expect them to) as you haven't had any other errors. :)

The swap issue is solved by other answers; but to reiterate you probably just need to change the UUID of the swap partition in the /etc/fstab file."