Lost Documents and Photos and desktop files and folders

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at dantian.org
Fri Nov 7 09:32:15 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-11-06 at 23:53 -0500, Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Usually, no.  Unless you have your data on a separate /home partition
> (as described at
> http://ubuntu.wordpress.com/2006/01/29/move-home-to-its-own-partition/),

That's actually not completely true anymore. Since 8.04, Ubuntu will
leave /home intact on reinstall even if it is not on its own partition.
However, this obviously only works if one does not format the partition
during install, and this requires that the manual partition setup is
used. I can't find any docs for this right now, though, so take it with
a grain of salt

> I would *not* recommend using a CD to update.

Why not, I do it all the time, it's much faster than waiting for the
downloads and saves bandwidth.

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