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    Can't access /home drive

    I upgraded to Lucid a few days ago and took the opportunity to partition my /home on a different disk to the OS. I partitioned the 1Tb into 1 swap partition and 1 extended partition with /home in a partition in that. After the upgrade I still had /home in the OS partition and the computer can't find the 1Tb drive. If I run Gparted it shows all the drives and partitions as they are supposed to be. Please tell me what I have done wrong or what I haven't done right. Thanks

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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    This 1TB drive. Is it a internal sata?
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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    It seems as if you forgot to set yourself as the owner of the 1TB drive in the new install?

    Code:
    sudo chown -R USERNAME:USERNAME /dev/sd1
    (or sda, sdb, or sdc) depending on the position of your drive on the bus.
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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    If you did a fresh install of Lucid, did you remember to set your new home partitions mount point to /home in the installer?

    ..and if you just did an upgrade, new partitions aren't detected automatically and you have to configure /etc/fstab to mount your new partition into /home manually (and of course copy all the existing home directories to new partition as well).

    Could you run "sudo fdisk -l" and "mount" & post the results here so we can have a better look at your drives & partitions and where they are mounted?

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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    Ok, it is an internal drive and I ran the code from jimmyfj and there was no output from that to post so I next ran the code from mcduck and here is the result:-

    bob@gandalf:~$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x8f8002b1

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 30401 244196001 b W95 FAT32

    Disk /dev/sdc: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000a457b

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 1 120871 970896276 5 Extended
    /dev/sdc2 120872 121601 5863725 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdc5 1 120871 970896244+ 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/sdb: 80.1 GB, 80060424192 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9733 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 9732 78172258+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdh: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000db2a2

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdh2 2 30401 244188000 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdh5 * 2 30401 244187968+ b W95 FAT32
    bob@gandalf:~$ mount
    /dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw)
    none on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
    none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
    none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
    none on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
    /dev/sdc5 on /home type ext3 (rw)
    binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/bob/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=bob)
    /dev/sdh5 on /media/49BC-5700 type vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=devkit,uid=1000,gid=1000, shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,flush)
    bob@gandalf:~$

    I still don't have access to the /home partition. I have also gone back to Karmic and still have the same problem, all this code is from the fresh Karmic install.
    Last edited by gandalf2000; April 21st, 2010 at 05:19 AM.

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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    What is result of

    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    bob@gandalf:~$ cat /etc/fstab
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
    # for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
    # devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=f4fe8f4f-9153-44bd-9b91-0f948abe476c / ext3 errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # /home was on /dev/sdc5 during installation
    UUID=7abf0f61-6379-47b8-ba0e-54038315c5b5 /home ext3 defaults 0 2
    # swap was on /dev/sdc2 during installation
    UUID=dc6f9fcd-9cc9-424e-a950-6c448d8b5805 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    bob@gandalf:~$

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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    Well, based on all that information your /home is on it's own partition (sdc5) on the 1TB drive (sdc) and is working just fine.

    What makes you think something is wrong? Do you get any errors when trying to access your home directory, if you do then please post here the errors. Or describe whatever problem you are having with the /home.

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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    I thought that because I have a home folder on the installation partition and anything saved goes to that, that the home partition was not working. Should I just delete the home folder on the install disc? (Scratching head.)
    Last edited by gandalf2000; April 21st, 2010 at 11:31 AM.

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    Re: Can't access /home drive

    Quote Originally Posted by gandalf2000 View Post
    I thought that because I have a home folder on the installation partition and anything saved goes to that, that the home partition was not working. Should I just delete the home folder on the install disc? (Scratching head.)
    That can't really be the case, it's not possible that you'd have a /home on the same partition as the root and at the same time have the sdc5 partition mounted into the very same location, /home.

    Just to make sure that you are aware of how this works, once you mount a separate home partition into /home it will appear just like if the /home was on the same partition as root. The only difference easily noticeable is that when you look at the available space in your /home you'll see diffeent value than in /.

    So you don't get any special /newdisk/home kind of thing like Windows likes to separate disks/partitions into c: and d: drives, if you mount a partition into /home then that's where it will be. All drives and partitions appear under the very same root directory in the directory structure.

    edit: Perhaps a better explanation: If you move your home directory into a new partition in Windows, then your home directory is moved into new location (from c:\documents and settings/ to d:\documents and settings", for example). In Linux the new partition is moved where your home is, so the home directory stays in the same location (/home), even though the files go to different disk/partition.
    Last edited by mcduck; April 21st, 2010 at 11:52 AM.

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