I gave up on saving the Windows partition. I never liked it anyway.
It turns out the computer’s problems have deteriorated into an abbys. I can boot up and use the computer as I have configured it, with a lot of help from @dalto with his brilliant BTRFS Assistant and I don’t want to go through configuring it again if I can get it on the new PC which is a clean Cassini BTRFS install.
The old PC will no longer recognize any bootable flashed device, so the idea of using Clonezilla (or Rescuezilla) it is no longer valid. I suspect this was an old BIOS related problem going back to when I embarked on my journey. It is the fateful reason I landed on Only Manjaro and Arco would boot up after following the install, so I always knew this problem would crop up again. Obviously I chose well and went with but I was never able to upgrade the BIOS.
So now it’s time to move it all to another computer, a desktop. and I have a clean PC with Cassini on BTRFS installed. But I want the look and feel of my Gnome setup.
I have the latest Pikabackup including the home directory. Would it be possible to just install Pikabackup on the Cassini PC and do a restore to get back all my programs and settings back? I just love the look and feel I have of this old PC and just want that on the Cassini PC.
I see its a little different on the lsblk has an extra /boot/efi entry in lsblk which the Cassini PC did not create during the install.
NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINTS
sda 8:0 0 465.8G 0 disk
├─sda1 8:1 0 300M 0 part /boot/efi
├─sda2 8:2 0 456.7G 0 part /var/cache
└─sda3 8:3 0 8.8G 0 part [SWAP]
sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0 rom
Do you want to see anything else from old PC?
Here is the Cassini PC
AME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINTS
sda 8:0 1 931,5G 0 disk
sda1 8:1 1 931,5G 0 part /var/cache
I don’t want to have to install the printer manually if all these settings and applications can be restored to the Cassini PC and have it just work. Is that how this Pikabackup works? I will just install pika-backup and await some advice.
Not sure if I am following you.
Did you boot up your live USB in UEFI mode and installed the system in UEFI?
If you are going to install on the whole drive, perhaps you could start with a “clean slate”?
That is booting up your USB in uefi mode, launch Gparted and create a GPT disk and then launch Calamares to install the system.
Please note that creating a new partition table will wipe the whole disk.
The BIOS shows the liveusb is in UEFI mode
When I created the GPT table, Gparted did not offer /boot/efi mount point, so I added efi after the selected /boot option - the installation failed at the end.