Seperate home partition upgrade or clean install?

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Seperate home partition upgrade or clean install?

Postby donlinux » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:52 pm

I'm currently running Elyssa and have a separate home partition.
If I perform a clean install of Felicia, not formatting my existing home partition, what should I expect?
Will Felicia install properly with all of the new features?
Will I lose anything from my Elyssa install?
Am I better off just making a script of all of my necessary programs and do a clean install with a format of my home partition.
Live CD of Felicia works perfectly on my Dell Inspiron laptop so I don't anticipate any issues otherwise.

Lastly. If Elyssa is running great (outside of my never being able to sync my palm pilot) is there anything absolutely, fantastic that I would be missing if I don't upgrade?

Many thanks for a great distro.

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Re: Seperate home partition upgrade or clean install?

Postby rivenought » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:24 pm

You can actually keep your /home partition intact with a new install. During the partitioning phase, you put a check in the box to format the / partition. Do not put a check in the box for your /home partition. You will get an all new / partition, and your /home will be right there ready to use. However, there are some hidden settings in your /home partition. They are nothing dangerous, but your personalizations are stored there. For example, if your Mint 5 install had "Elyssa" down by the menu, your Mint 6 will probably still say "Elyssa" even though it is not. These are minor things that can be fixed in a few minutes. Husse has written numerous posts on moving from one version to the next, so you should benefit from searching out and reading them.

Now, I have done the above method in the past with numerous other distros, and it works. However, what I have done for the past two years or so has been to copy my most important files to a flash drive (I have whittled down anything mission-critical to just a few hundred MB!). I then perform a complete clean-install with everything freshly formatted. I then drop my files and settings back in place. This only takes a few minutes. This method works best for me. Only you can decide what works best for you.

Husse also has suggestions for a separate data partition, and you might get some upgrading ideas from that. You can usually find some interesting items in the wiki. Good luck.

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