I have 10.4 LTS on my ASUS eeepc netbook. It now has a power problem and will not boot. The hard drive is fine.
At the moment I need to be out of town in a few days and cannot wait for the parts to repair and I MUST have a functioning laptop. I have a acer aspire 5100 I could take on my trip. Ideally I want all my existing install to be on that machine. I have two options:
(1) I can install 10.04 (or 12.04 which I was planning at some point) and restore my /home from backup. The only loss would be a day worth of email that did not make the backup.
(2) I could install the hard drive from the netbook into the laptop and boot it.
I know that the first will work, and is the safer bet. The real question is if #2 will work? Please assume that the hard drives are compatible. Obviously I will have to confirm this. But will an existing installation boot on completely different hardware? If so, would there be things I need to do to make it work properly?