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Trying to do a dist-upgrade from Mint 10 to Mint 11 is a very iffy process at best. The safe way is to do a fresh install. If you download the Mint 11 release candidate, it will automatically be updated to the final version.
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I guess I'm one of the few people that like to do a full reinstall. It's like cleaning up all the junk that I have been doing for 6 months. I back-up what I need then get a fresh system. It's only twice a year if you stay up with the releases cycle, it's really not that bad.
I read the guide and I have a question. I have my Mint 10 setup with my home on a separate partition. So what is the difference in restoring my home from mintBackup or not formating it during the install and keeping it as it is?linmint777 wrote:and the best way is to follow the official guide clem.The safe way is to do a fresh install
The main reason is called PREVENTION, what if when install mint 11 by accident or because of a bug is removed or erase your old /home partition data?what is the difference in restoring my home from mintBackup or not formating it during the install and keeping it as it is?
nothing, if you followed the guide Clem.But if you did not ........
anyway, if you are very confident that nothing will happen:
not format the partition /home and assign it to your new installation = make backup with mint-backup and then restored in the new install.
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I have found the best and one of the fastest ways of doing it is to use grsync to copy your /Home directory to an USB HD this will copy everything even the hidden files and directories.donec wrote:I read the guide and I have a question. I have my Mint 10 setup with my home on a separate partition. So what is the difference in restoring my home from mintBackup or not formating it during the install and keeping it as it is?
Then during the install I format both / & /home this gives me a nice clean install and eliminates alot of problems.
When the install in finished I just copy back my data, not the hidden directories.
I then use CTL H to show the hidden directories. I now copy over my .mozilla, .thunderbird and in my case a few others which will restore my Firefox history, bookmarks, and email accounts.
I keep the copy on my USB HD as a backup and what I like about this method is that all the files are in their native format I can just go and copy any file that I might need.
So as I understand it if I do a backup with mintBackup of my home partition and then install Mint 11 not formating my home partition. Then everything should work fine, but if something does go wrong I can restore my home partition from mintBackup and at that point everything would be good. Does this sound right? Or will there be the possibility of problems due to information in the home partition hidden folders/files?