Bind ubuntu to hard drive.

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Sun Mar 25 01:43:31 UTC 2007

ubuntu at wrote:
> Hello from Greece,
> Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions as to how to bind an ubuntu
> installation to a certain hard drive (by using the hard drive's serial for
> example)? I am looking for a way to prevent people that would copy the whole
> drive to another ending up with a working duplicate of my system.

I think this is actually the case by default in Edgy, because of the
UIDs in fstab.  However, this can easily be corrected to get back to a
working system.  I'm unclear why you would want to do this.  Ubuntu is
(mostly) based on the principles
( of free and
open source software, which hold (among other things) that this kind of
reuse is desirable.  I don't see anyway you could reliably do this.  If
you're worried about people stealing your drive content (including
personal data), you should look into physical and electronic security

Matthew Flaschen

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