gumby wrote:Well, since it's a pain to restart and wait for the Live CD, I hope the Windows screenshot I posted will give you the info you need. If it doesn't and you really need me to go to the Live CD, let me know.
Well, what is the difference between doing this and actually putting the /Home Directory in the separate data partition instead of in /? What are the pros and cons of both methods? Wouldn't putting /Home in the separate Data partition also protect your data just as well?
I see. So these hidden directories in /Home are more of a disadvantage to keep than an advantage? Hence you WANT a new install to wipe them! And that's why you would make a separate data partition that is MOUNTED in /Home, rather than /Home actually being IN the separate data partition. Am I understanding this correctly?
I'll answer as best I can. As for your first point, don't take this the wrong way, but come on now: with all the time you're spending posting on this forum (which there is nothing wrong with doing), you could have booted up the live CD a dozen times. If you're asking for people to put in time helping you, you ought to be willing to put in the time required to do what's helpful or needful. If you want specific instructions on what to do when you hit the Mint install screen, it will no doubt help if you can reproduce what that screen is telling you, rather than whatever Windows thinks. Certainly can't hurt.
As for the second, sure, doing a separate /home would protect your data as well.
As for your third, well, not necessarily a disadvantage. If you're just reinstalling the same OS you already have, for example, and want to keep some settings in these hidden files, they might even be advantageous. What I do before a new install is copy all the contents of /home (along with my browser bookmarks) to an external drive. Thus, if I want to have access to them after a new install, I have that access. But honestly, I've never needed or wanted them (except for the browser bookmarks, but those are a different thing and not the hidden files I'm talking about); what's been most important to me is keeping what's in Data. I like having a "fresh" home while still keeping my data safe. However, I'm not a longtime user or an expert. Others may have a more nuanced take. But yeah, you do understand what I'm talking about with this: that's why I do a separate data rather than a separate /home. I'm not good enough at this stuff to have come up with this on my own; I got it from Husse of this forum, who used to recommend a separate /home but now recommends a separate Data. Somewhere there's a wiki about it. Oh yeah, here (see the part about "Changed recommendations").http://linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/Mov ... _partition
Don't worry if those instructions sounded tough; they are really about how to do it after the fact--i.e., after you've already installed Mint one way and got it running. Setting up a separate Data is much easier when you do it up front, at the install.
Once you have your data partition, and you complete the install, and you boot up into your new system, you can of course make all the subfolders in Data that you need, for text and music and images and spreadsheets and databases and whatever. Then just make sure your applications save to the right places in Data. You can then even delete some of the subfolders that were originally automatically created in /home at the install; you won't need them if you're putting all your stuff in /home/<yourname>/Data instead. (Don't delete the Data folder that now pops up in /home, of course--that's your new Data partition, now mounted in /home!) You don't have to delete those unneeded folders; but it just might reduce potential confusion slightly if you do.
Also, you don't technically have to name the data partition Data; you could call it Rag and Bone Buffet or whatever. "Data" just seems the obvious choice.
Also, if you haven't already, download the Mint User's Guide and read (and reread) the parts on installation.
Does this help?
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