how to move /home to another hard drive

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how to move /home to another hard drive

Postby geezuslvr on Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:00 pm

I installed LMDE and did not get a choice to use a second hard drive for my /home directory.

So, I have a hard drive just sit-in there with a blank stare on its face.

I installed LMDE on sda2. On sdb1 is where I want my /home directory. How do I do this?

Thanks a lot for your quick like responses...
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Re: how to move /home to another hard drive

Postby kurotsugi on Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:22 pm

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# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc   /proc   proc   defaults   0   0
# /dev/sda5
UUID=359767a5-33f8-4735-b638-ff2ae2593903   /   ext4   rw,noatime,nodiratime,errors=remount-ro   0   0
# /dev/sda6
UUID=52b6b1fa-8a8a-4862-88c9-d33014139d35   /home   ext4   rw,noatime,nodiratime,errors=remount-ro   0   0
# tmpfs
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs nodev,noatime,nosuid,mode=1777 0 0
it's a example of /etc/fstab.
1. run 'sudo blkid' to get UUID number of sdb1
2. copy everything on your current /home to sdb1. down to every hidden files.
3. create a new entry on your /etc/fstab. it will be something like this
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# /dev/sdb1
UUID=<sdb1 UUID number>   /home   <filesystem>   rw,noatime,nodiratime,errors=remount-ro   0   0

4. restart.

the noatime and nodiratime parameter is optional. I haven't try this yet but it theorically should work. good luck
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Re: how to move /home to another hard drive

Postby Monsta on Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:56 am

Check this thread. There's a link to the tutorial for Ubuntu, but people say it works for LMDE, you just need to read it carefully, not copy things blindly, and make a backup before doing anything of course. :)
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