Linux used my home partition on sdb2 as I had anticipated. Very happy the way it worked.
sda1 as: Fat32 Boot /efi
sda2 as: ext4 /
sdb1 as: Swap
sdb2 as: ext4 /home
sdb3 as: ext4 /Backup
sdb4 as: media
Although I have been using Linux for 3.5 years I still consider myself a beginner and at 74 not as bright or quick as I once was, if ever. Recently I was trying some new terminal commands which I normally do on an old PC. However, I was in a hurry (Get ready to laugh) and too lazy to roll my chair to the end of my desk and the old machine and opened the terminal on my main machine. After all it was going to be pretty simple and quick. End result I trashed my Linux operating system.
Not to worry. My home partition was a separate partition plus I had two back ups, one on sdb3 and one on my laptop via the network. As it was necessary to reload Linux Mint I decided to go with Mint 18.1 and it installed very quick from the usb stick and worked great right out of the box.
When I did the installation I selected something else and set up the SSD partitions as before:
My home partition was still on sdb2 and unharmed by my carelessness. BUT, when I opened Nemo I noticed that I had two home partitions. Linux had installed a new home on the SSD even though one already existed on sdb2. I’m curious why this happened.sda1 as: Fat32 Boot /efi
sda2 as: ext4 /
I’m thinking that I need to load Gparted and repartition both drives just like I did last year and then reload 18.1, then copy all my home directory from a just created current backup on a usb stick and I should be back with one home in it’s own partition separate from the operating system. “Think” is the operating word here that tends to get me into trouble.
Comments, feedback, advice appreciated