[sf-perl] [sfpug] Trustworthy laptop repair?

Quinn Weaver quinn at fairpath.com
Wed Jan 17 15:26:31 PST 2007

On Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 03:09:45PM -0800, Fred Moyer wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Jan 2007, Quinn Weaver wrote:
> >Update:  it turns out that my laptop is still covered by IBM warranty (a
> >surprise, since it's an older model I bought on eBay).  I'm sending it in for
> >repairs.  I'll report back when all is done.
> One thing you might want to do is pickup an external case for a 2.5 inch drive, 
> remove the drive from your laptop, install it in the case, and backup your 
> data.  I know of several people who have sent their laptops in for repairs, and 
> as a treat they got a brand new hard drive (with windows installed!).

Yeah, I was planning to do something like this (to IBM's credit, they
warned me about this possibility).

I suppose if I just dd from the hard drive to a file, and then dd back to the
new hard drive, it'll work... yes?  Then I won't have to reinstall Ubuntu,
all its updates, non-free stuff like Flash, my /etc backups, and so on...

Will this approach work?  I plan to do some research on my own,
but do you know of any caveats?

Thanks for the tips.  You guys are awesome. :)

Quinn Weaver DBA Fairpath

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