System Transfer

Once in a while one gets to move from one machine to another, or at least from one hard drive to the another (which in fine is almost the same thing).

I'll summarize a few notable things to remind and prepare for such a move here. Hopefully it might spare some reader's time…

To cut a long story short, it all started when I decided to “simply” replace my “old” mechanical 2.5“ internal hard drive with a, now really affordable, Crucial MX100 512GB SSD.


I do not intend here to delve into the details of disk partitioning formats recognition by the boot loaders and things like that, but as a main line, it is important to know that there are basically mainly two types of very low tiers in any computer: BIOS and UEFI.

Most of the so called “PC” machines build before 2013 probably come with a BIOS system, Apple machines although are UEFI equipped for a long time now.