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Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:42 pm
by eastrader
I have several pc's I am moving from Windos to Linux. I tried both Mint and Ubuntu for several months and decided on Mint. Before I installed on the Ubuntu pc, I did a back up on an external drive as per reading post on the forum. However now that I have wiped and installed Mint on the pc, "Backups" on Mint never see the files on the ext drive. Googling around I found one that said to try install Ubuntu Archive, and did. only that just unpacks the files into yet another format :roll: , again Mint does not see.. :oops:
Has anyone done this successfully? I would hate to lose work I had under Ubuntu. Thanks

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:48 pm
by Spearmint2
Can you use the file manager and see the files?

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:55 pm
by WharfRat
eastrader,

I'm not sure I can be of much help with this as I don't use any archiving backup utilities, but what you might want to try is archivemount.

It's supposed to support a number of popular archive formats and mounts the archive to a mount point for access to the content.

Good luck :wink:

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:08 pm
by mrmajik45
If you have a Gparted Backup: Boot off a live disc. Plugin the backup drive and open gparted and click on your drives home Partition and click restore then select the backup and wait for it to restore then reboot and sorry if this breaks your partition.

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:13 am
by Flemur
mrmajik45 wrote:If you have a Gparted Backup: Boot off a live disc. Plugin the backup drive and open gparted and click on your drives home Partition and click restore then select the backup and wait for it to restore then reboot and sorry if this breaks your partition.
That's terrible advice.

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:19 am
by Flemur
eastrader wrote:I have several pc's I am moving from Windos to Linux. I tried both Mint and Ubuntu for several months and decided on Mint. Before I installed on the Ubuntu pc, I did a back up on an external drive as per reading post on the forum. However now that I have wiped and installed Mint on the pc, "Backups" on Mint never see the files on the ext drive. Googling around I found one that said to try install Ubuntu Archive, and did. only that just unpacks the files into yet another format :roll: , again Mint does not see.. :oops:
See if I have this straight:
- you had ubuntu installed, created some files w/ubuntu and backed up those files to an external drive.
- then you wiped ubuntu and installed mint.
- you want to get the files from backup -> mint.

Q1: what kind of files are in the backup? System settings (login info)? Or regular data (mp3, movies)?
You probably DON'T want to recover system settings en-masse from a different - tho similar - OS.

Q2: what software - ubuntu, I suppose - did you use to back up the files?
Has anyone done this successfully? I would hate to lose work I had under Ubuntu. Thanks
Things are a lot simpler if you backup by copying files (regular copy, or "rsync") rather than using some package that puts the backup in some weird file.
"Backups" on Mint never see the files on the ext drive.
How about posting an "ls -l" on those backup files?

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:55 pm
by mrmajik45
Flemur wrote:
mrmajik45 wrote:If you have a Gparted Backup: Boot off a live disc. Plugin the backup drive and open gparted and click on your drives home Partition and click restore then select the backup and wait for it to restore then reboot and sorry if this breaks your partition.
That's terrible advice.
What you got against my advice? :?:

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:29 pm
by Flemur
mrmajik45 wrote:
Flemur wrote:
mrmajik45 wrote:If you have a Gparted Backup: Boot off a live disc. Plugin the backup drive and open gparted and click on your drives home Partition and click restore then select the backup and wait for it to restore then reboot and sorry if this breaks your partition.
That's terrible advice.
What you got against my advice? :?:
You don't know that he backed up an entire partition, or that /home is a partition - if I followed your instructions it would wipe the "/" partition (home is a directory) and replace it with two different OS's and music and movies because my backups are just copies of files in directories, and two backed up OS's and data are all on the same backup partition.

Re: Restore Ubuntu /home into new Linux Mint help

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:48 pm
by mrmajik45
Touche buddy I thought home was a separate partition. Well it is on ubuntu.