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What could I have done wrong? *updated

Postby eeezzzeee on Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:30 am

I set up my mint with root, swap, and home. The other day I did a reinstall of mint as I had screwed up my video card settings and at the time did not know about live cd fix. When I reinstalled I formated my root partition and did the reinstall. Somehow the files on my home partition were deleted as well. I did not tell the install the format my home partition, but it seems it may have done that or installed over it. I am just wondering what I did wrong when I did that reinstall? Luckily I didn't have anything really important in my home partition, so I didn't lose anything. I just want to know what I may have done so I don't do it again in the future.
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Re: What could I have done wrong?

Postby NoClue! on Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:44 am

During the install you will be presented with a summary page, at the bottom it will tell you which partitions will be formatted. Make sure your /home partition is not one of them.
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Re: What could I have done wrong?

Postby eeezzzeee on Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:53 am

I'll remember to check that, I thought I was being careful to only partition root, but if I had accidently selected the home directory that would make sense.
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Re: What could I have done wrong? *updated

Postby eeezzzeee on Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:38 am

Well I figured out what happened, and before I tried to fix it on my own I figured I'd explain and ask real quick. My /home partition was not deleted, however when I did the reinstall Mint installed another /home on the partition that I installed it in. So now I have a /home folder in my / partition and one on my sda8 partition. I want my home folder to stay seperate from my root partition so when I do installs/reinstalls I don't lose my data. My question is how to remove the /home from my filesystem. Should I even worry about this? How do I avoid that install in the future?
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Re: What could I have done wrong? *updated

Postby cmost on Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:44 pm

You inadvertently selected the same hard disk partition for both your root "/" and your home "/home" directories. To clarify, during the partitioning phase, you might choose sda1 for "/" and sda2 (or another disk altogether, e.g., sdb1...) for "/home". In your case, you apparently chose the same disk partition (e.g., sda1) for both partitions which resulted in two home partitions; a new one and your old one. Oops. :o
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Re: What could I have done wrong? *updated

Postby eeezzzeee on Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:27 am

I don't remember it giving me an option, i told it to install / to sda8, and I already had my /home from a previous installation. It installed another home folder. Not a big deal though, I'll change change the save paths to my other partition and not worry about it.
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Re: What could I have done wrong? *updated

Postby cmost on Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:10 am

Just because you have another /home, doesn't mean Mint (or any other distro) will automatically see it and add it to the installation. Since you did not specify your existing "/home" partition, Mint went ahead and created one within "/", which is standard practice. That's why you didn't have a choice. Next time, you will need to *add* your existing "/home" partition during the partitioning phase of the installation.
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