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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Lillestrøm, Norway
    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Question Home on other harddrive


    Does anyone know how I can move /home to another harddrive?
    I use a small 120Gb SSD for system, but it doesn't have enough space for home and all the files I have in home

    If anyone know of a good, easy to understand tuts I would be very happy

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Home on other harddrive

    This is good for moving /home to another partition, does not matter where.

    To move /home uses rsync

    But I prefer to leave /home inside / on the SSD so user settings are still loaded quickly. But I move all data folders like Documents, Videos, Music etc to a data partition. I mount data partition in /mnt/data and link the folders back to /home so it still looks like a standard install but all the data is in a partition on the rotating drive.

    The actual user settings are small. My /home is 1GB with about 3/4 of that as .wine with Picasa which I have not yet moved to my /data. Because /home is small I now keep it as part of / (root).
    Then I can have a fully functioning system on one drive but have data linked in from other partitions on other drives.

    Data can be shared without the possible conflicts of user settings being different in different versions. I only copy some settings from one install to the next, normally. But I have to separately back up /home and the /data partition. Also saves the error of reformating a /home partition accidentally. I never reformat my /data and just configure / for install.

    Splitting home directory discussion - linking or using bind:
    Link is on move home but see post by bodhi.zazen on data partition #6
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  3. #3
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    Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Home on other harddrive

    Oldfred: is there a simple method I could use to move Music, for example, to another partition? What is the minimum number of steps?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Home on other harddrive

    I just put / on the SSD and /home on one of my other drives;

    I found the easiest way to redirect the folders was this;

    this is what you see and can access when SDA1 is mounted, you can set it to automount;

    Last edited by traditionalist; June 6th, 2012 at 12:31 AM.

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