Originally Posted by mickeyboa
The correct question is: having made a 40gig partition (primary) ext3 on hdb1 with Gparted and formatted as a ext3, how do I make a /home directory on hdb1? , i could not do this in Gparted.
Hdb1 is going to be a backup harddrive.
I have set /etc/fstab: /dev/hdb1 /mnt/backup ext3 defaults 0 0 (Are these settings correct?)
So it sounds like the entire partition /dev/hdb1 is already setup to be /mnt/backup, correct? If that's the case, then one thing you MIGHT be able to do (I've not tried this) is simply create a /mnt/backup/home directory, rename your EXISTING /home directory something like "/home-old", then create a symlink "/home" that points to "/mnt/backup/home". If that doesn't work, then you could always create another partition on /dev/hdb for "/home" and then edit /etc/fstab" to use that as your "/home" partition.
If any of this isn't clear, let me know. Good luck!