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September 20th, 2008, 12:13 PM
I have reinstalled Ubuntu 8.04 but have my previous home folder on a partition on another drive. How can I get the new installation to use my old home folder.

September 20th, 2008, 12:22 PM
you can set it up in fstab. Do you know the location of the other partition? then if you do its easy.

I have done this for a long time, my fstab looks like this:

# /dev/sda5
UUID=76c891ac-1308-40ab-a449-6aae404e6d10 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sda8
UUID=737e4a89-b170-4061-9d9a-47c43dc19230 /home ext3 relatime 0 2

So obviously /dev/sda8 is my /home partition, and /dev/sda5 my root (/) partition.

Hope this helps

September 20th, 2008, 12:26 PM
cat /etc/fstab

will show you what you need to change

September 20th, 2008, 12:46 PM
I know that it is /dev/sda2, but how do I all the other info.

September 20th, 2008, 12:54 PM
My fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sda1
UUID=a7ecf5cf-7bd8-48b1-8b14-dd3cf414f0fa / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sda5
UUID=6850a294-2138-411a-b6be-a5fd7bf54869 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

September 20th, 2008, 01:01 PM
the UUID is unnecessary really. what you could add is:

#My home directory to be mounted at startup
/dev/sda2 /home ext3 relatime 0 2

to the bottom of your fstab. If you are already mounting that drive (look for a /dev/sda2 entry) then comment it out by putting a # at the start.

To edit fstab type 'gksu gedit /etc/fstab' ... be careful though!

September 20th, 2008, 01:35 PM
Thank you, but I think the home folder is not complete as it failed to boot.
I booted from the live CD and reset fstab, its back to normal now. I might wait till I upgrade next month and use a new home partition. Thanks for all the info.

November 6th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Thanks, I used your suggestions and it fixed my problem.

The only glitch I had a problem with was that I have changed were my user setup to point mounted drive so when I changed the fstab file I was unable to login. but that was my only stupid fault and now I am up and running