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    Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    I've tried it before with a fresh install and had problems with proper icons and backgrounds loading. Do you think it's worth it as long as I have all my music on 2 different mp3 players and backup my documents on external drive before installing?
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    Re: Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    If you intend on doing a lot of fresh installs or distro hopping, then yes. If not, then I see no reason to bother.

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    Re: Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    Would a separate data partition be a better idea? That way I can have 1 central location for windows and linux data? I still boot into windows for when I have to use excel and would be nice to only have 1 copy of my files on the computer
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    Re: Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    usually I do use /home so I can reinstall or swap OS's but I usually end up
    doing fresh install anyway. just remove any file with .XXXXX in /home and then you will only save your files not all the OS stuff but then I usually decide to clean it all and copy what I want to the my server so it is a waste for me to use /home but I do it anyway

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    Re: Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    This was recently mulled over - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1854501

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    Re: Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    Would a separate data partition be a better idea? That way I can have 1 central location for windows and linux data? I still boot into windows for when I have to use excel and would be nice to only have 1 copy of my files on the computer
    A separate data partition sounds like a good idea to me. You can even "bind" portions of the partition to your home folder. For example:

    Let's say you create a data partition formatted in NTFS ( and I would do this in Windows btw ) and mount it automatically to /WinD in fstab:
    Code:
    UUID=DA9056C19056A3B3 /WinD ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,dmask=000,fmask=111,uid=1000,windows_names 0 0
    Then create a set of subfolders in /WinD like: Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc...

    Then bind /WinD/Pictures to /home/username/Pictures:
    Code:
    sudo mount --bind /WinD/Pictures /home/username/Pictures
    You can set up your own upstart job to have all these "binds" start on boot automatically ( POST #41 ): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...2#post10899012

    You can also do this with symlinks but I personally hate symlinks
    Last edited by Morbius1; October 11th, 2011 at 03:26 PM.

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    Re: Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morbius1 View Post
    A separate data partition sounds like a good idea to me. You can even "bind" portions of the partition to your home folder. For example:

    Let's say you create a data partition formatted in NTFS ( and I would do this in Windows btw ) and mount it automatically to /WinD in fstab:
    Code:
    UUID=DA9056C19056A3B3 /WinD ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,dmask=000,fmask=111,uid=1000,windows_names 0 0
    Then create a set of subfolders in /WinD like: Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc...

    Then bind /WinD/Pictures to /home/username/Pictures:
    Code:
    sudo mount --bind /WinD/Pictures /home/username/Pictures
    You can set up your own upstart job to have all these "binds" start on boot automatically ( POST #41 ): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...2#post10899012

    You can also do this with symlinks but I personally hate symlinks
    That sounds like a great idea. What I am thinking of though is like 20gb win 7 20gb ubuntu and everything else as a shared ntfs partition. I would store everything of importance on that partition. Any reason that wouldn't work out well?
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    Re: Separate Home Parition Worth it?

    I don't know about the relative size of each of those partitions but one note of caution:
    I would store everything of importance on that partition.
    If that means documents, pictures, etc then that's fine since you're mounting the partition with you as owner and any file you add to them will also be owned by you.

    But NTFS partitions don't preserve Linux file permissions so if you do a backup of certain files like fstab, smb.conf, etc.. without creating an archive like a tar file then the original permissions on those will be lost.

    You might consider adding an additional Linux Data partition for those type of things.

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