[SOLVED] How to format and install Linux without deleting other Linux partitions ?
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I cannot understand it. /usr and /bin belong to the os, so it will be overwritten by the new install
If you want to keep them you need to ignore those partitions and install the whole system on sda1 (or use extended partitions). You will need to mount those other drives using another path (like old_usr, old_home, old_bin)
Once you will start installation it will ask in which partition you want install? And by default it will create /usr and /bin but you don't do this just create one partition / at the time installation.
I think if you are going install go with default installation it will ask to protect current data and also ask to mount it on different mount point.
Really you'd need some open space to do what you're proposing. Sounds like you might need a second hard drive.
For future reference, here' what I do
That way, if I ever want to wipe out the entire system, I retain all my files and settings (since I don't format the /home directory). Of course, when doing any formating it is always a good idea to make a backup anyways.