If it wouldn’t have happened to me, I would not believe it… But since it did, I just write it down.
Let’s take the following laptop: Lenovo W520. It behaves very badly under Windows (Highly possible some faulty driver, it drops me the following blue screen all the time – the screen to the left is my favourite CrunchBang linux, runs on a different machine), so I decide to install the latest openSuse (12.3 .. .at the time of writing).
Everything goes well, linux installs itself like a charm, it works, I work, etc… everyone is happy and smiling, time goes on.
Then one day, I forget to take my mobile disk with me to copy some pretty big files (bigger than my dropbox account can handle …) I need to take to some other place, it’s quite urgent … so I decide to take out the harddisk from above mentioned laptop and just like in good old times take it home in my pocket… it fits
At home, I still have the old ASUS N75 which deserved its post here some time ago, when I was unable to find a suitable linux for it, and fortunately that laptop has an extra empty slot for guest hard disks. In a few minutes the second hard disk is installed when I suddenly realise, that the Windows on the Asus Won’t be able to recognize my ext4fs linux disk …
As the last desperate act I try to boot from the secondary hard disk (yes, the linux, which was installed on the Lenovo W520) … and it works. Flawlessly. It finds all the dirvers, including the so cumbersome nvidia, detects the network card, signs me in to my wireless home network, and it’s behaving excellently.
Excellent work openSUSE guys, I never would have expected something like this with modern operating system. I should try this with other distros too, just to see what happens Maybe with other operating systems…