Is it possible to change the mount points without formatting the drive or reinstalling the OS?

Willy K. Hamra w.hamra1987 at
Sun Jun 7 16:33:25 UTC 2009

David McGlone wrote:
> On Sunday 07 June 2009 01:29:09 am steven vollom wrote:
>> On Sunday 07 June 2009 12:10:03 am David McGlone wrote:
>>> On Saturday 06 June 2009 04:50:45 pm steven vollom wrote:
>> When I installed the '/' partition, I used 20gb for size which after
>> installation appears to be a little over 17gb.  It currently has 14.7gb of
>> unused space after moving the movies to /dev/sda2.  The balance of the
>> 80GiB HDD contains all the data that has been saved in the new installation
>> and shows a remainder of storage space as 43.7GiB.
>> Of the 200GiB HDD, /dev/sdb2 is the 99gb partition which after partitioning
>> shows a balance of space as 86.8GiB (but has no data stored in it).  The
>> other 100gb partition of the 200GiB HDD, and is also empty, shows a balance
>> of space at 90.2GiB.  You now have an accurate description of my computer's
>> partitions.
>> Now here is the fstab, which totally confuses me when I look at it:
>> # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
>> #
>> # Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
>> # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
>> # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
>> #
>> # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
>> proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
>> # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
>> UUID=6747e921-8b72-4f24-b6a8-c86c919d869a /               ext3
>> relatime,errors=remount-ro 0       1
>> # swap was on /dev/sda3 during installation
>> UUID=cc9ed070-52d6-41df-81f4-985108e1436d none            swap    sw
>> 0       0
>> /dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0
>> /dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0
>> Here is what I intended and really want as my partitioning setup, if it is
>> possible through editing fstab:
> Ok we are going to have to stop right here. I was under the impression that 
> you had already set up your other partitions (home, svpersonal and backup) but 
> apparently you have only set up a root partition.
> So this changes the scenario, and puts you in a position where you have 2 
> choices. You can either re-install 1 more time and make sure you set up your 
> partitions this time around, or you can try resizing them, which I never do, 
> because sometimes resizing can corrupt partitions, especially on a Winbloze 
> system.
i am guessing from his disk-* entries in media that his home partition
is still there. no need to resize anything. they are just not set to
mount at their correct place during setup. we need the outputs of:
sudo fdisk -l

after that, we can be sure, and we might just need to correct fstab.

Willy K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems
Co. Manager of Zeina Computer & Billy Net

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