[ubuntu-uk] Home partitions do I need one?

David King linuxman at avoura.com
Mon Jun 15 10:18:54 BST 2009

I would recommend using a separate partition for home, just in case you 
overwrite your root partition by mistake as I did recently. I did not 
have a separate home partition, but I am putting in a new installation 
of 9.04 (using 8.04 now) with a separate home partition. I managed to 
recover most of my data and settings as I had a backup of the root 
partition, and of other files.

I mostly though use symbolic links to files on other partitions and hard 
disks, so they are linked from my home partition, so that not too much 
is stored there (due to lack of space mostly).

But if you have a separate home partition which is quite large, that is 
better, I think, especially as it leaves the root partition for system 

David King

Graham Smith wrote:
> Is it still considered good practice to have a home partition, I have
> seen it mentioned in the forums that its no longer required. But it
> still seems to make sense to me.
> I have just had a fresh install using 09.04 (as no one seemed able to
> help me fix my network problem on 8.1, so a fresh install was my last
> resort) so this would seem a good time to set up a separate home
> partition.
> Is this a good tutorial to follow?
> http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/separatehome  or can anyone suggest a
>  better one.
> Many thanks,
> Graham

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