Moving swap & /home to another hard drive.

User Iam vramnum10 at
Thu May 17 15:13:40 UTC 2007

On 5/17/07, Carsten Aulbert <carsten at> wrote:
> alex wrote:
> > Is there any benefit or disadvantage if swap and/or /home are moved to
> > their own partitions on
> > a second hard drive but leaving ubuntu in the first hard drive.
> The advantage for having /home on its own partition is, that you can
> reinstall the system completely and leave /home untouched (but please
> have a backup ready because you might accidentally format the partition
> during this process).
> I fI have two physical hard drives available I like having /home and
> /tmp on different ones, since this can speed up video processing a lot
> (e.g.). Having swap on a different hard drive helps a bit, but usually
> it helps much more to increase the memory size ;)
> > How would such a move be accomplished?
> swap:
> create a new partition, run sudo mkswap on the partition, change
> /etc/fstab and you are done
> /home
> create new partition, create file system on it (mkfs.ext3, mkfs.xfs,
> ...), mount the new home partition and use rsync to copy stuff over, e.g.
> cd /home; rsync -ax . /mnt/newhome
> where /mnt/newhome is the mount point of your new home partition. Please
> have a look at the rsync man page to look through the large numebr of
> available options.

Of course he left out some obvious steps...

You need to change /etc/fstab to new partition after that..

umount old home and mount new home...


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