help prevent DATA LOSS!
I have an 8GB hdb with 256MB RAM.
Assume that I shall install ONLY ONE linux distro on this hdb at any given time.
It has 512MB swap, nearly 4GB home & 4GB root, 50MB /boot partition.
Suppose I have Fedora-3 right now and I want to replace it with Mepis.
1) What PRECAUTIONS do I take, so that a newer install of ANOTHER distro does not touch my personal data (saved webpages, pics, movie clips etc.)?
2) Will having a seperate home partition (with all personal files there) ensure that none of my persoanl data will be damaged no matter how mnay distros I install ONE AFTER ANOTHER REPLACING THE LAST WITH THE NEW?
3) If I do not have a seperate HOME partition but ONLY swap & root, will the new installation of any distro INVARIABLY destroy all my personal data that I've stored?
REMEMBER: ONLY ONE LINUX DISTRO. I DO NOT INTEND TO HAVE MULTIPLE DISTROS CO-EXISTING AT THE SAME TIME.
Thanks for help.