[xubuntu-users] How can I select a hard drive as /home directory afterwards?
john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Oct 23 22:18:54 BST 2009
On Friday 23 October 2009 16:30:10 Vincent wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> Having inserted a new hard drive in my PC, I'm planning to
> 9.10 to that. I then want to move my documents from my old
hard drive there
> and reformat my old hard drive.
> Now, my problem is that I then want to make that hard drive
> directory. How would I go about doing that? Do I have to
> /etc/fstab (please say no :).
> Thanks in advance,
Reformatting is not necessary. If you want to change the size of
the partitions etc. cfdisk is your friend.
First you need to give yourself a root password.
sudo passwd root
Note spelling of passwd command.
Next you need to login as root and create an empty directory:
Then mount the old partition on that directory.
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/foo -t ext3
---using the correct partition name of course. Run cfdisk /dev/sdb
or whatever to find the correct partition name. Try sda, sdb, hda,
Next copy the contents of /home to that directory.
cp -p -R /home /mnt/foo
Next you can put a line in /etc/fstab like
/dev/sdb1 /home ext3 defaults
---substituting the correct partition name for sdb1 of course. Then
you need to reboot.
In any form of Linux manual editing of things like fstab is a fact of
life. But it doesn't hurt a bit.
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