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February 28th, 2009, 08:23 PM
if i upgrade from 8.04 to 8.10 or 9.04 will i lose everything in my home folder. i'm going to back up my important files but i have alot of music and videos that i dont have room to back up. also will i lose all my wine apps thanks fort the help i'm still new to all this

February 28th, 2009, 08:48 PM
shadow120: If your /home directory is on a separate partition then your data should remain intact when you upgrade. Just make sure you don't reformat your /home partition!!!

If your /home directory is not currently on a separate partition then you might consider moving it to make things easier in future. The link below gives a good howto:


Just be aware that any changes to partitioning may cause loss of data so ensure that all your important files are backed up first.

ps. Can't comment on Wine as I don't use it! Windows-free zone here. :-)

February 28th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Not really an expert here, but I have done a few upgrades. As long as you are doing an actual upgrade and not a clean install, your home folder contents and settings "should" remain intact. A few things (codecs, non-free stuff, etc.) may need to be re-installed, but I can't recall for sure. However, I advise you to follow the basic rule of thumb: If you make changes to your system, back up any thing that is important to you. Here is an example of how things can go wrong. I have done several upgrades to Kubuntu over the years without losing email folders. The upgrade to 8.10 included a change from Kontact to KMail as the default mail client. I backed up my address book but not some emails that I would have preferred to keep. I assumed that the emails would survive the upgrade based on past experience. Wrong. Not a devestating loss, but a lesson learned. Back it up if you want to keep it.

February 28th, 2009, 09:08 PM
thanks for the quick responses i backed up all the important things on a flash drive but theres still a lot of stuff id like to keep but if i lose it its not the end of the world

February 28th, 2009, 09:29 PM
i recently upgraded from 8.10 to 9.04 alpha 4 and didnt lose a thing untul alpha5 and then ccs and exaile were lost but that is to be expected. also i use gmail and have updated as far back as 6.04 and never lost any emails