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Old 01-03-2009, 10:48 PM   #1
kincanonmi
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Newbie - How do I backup my /Home folder to an external device


I originally installed Ubantu 8.04 and then upgraded to 8.1 that managed to trash my log graphical log in and now have to run "startx" from terminal mode to get Gnome up and running.

The best solution I have is to do a clean install of Ubantu 8.1. But I don't want to loose all my personal data particularly my addresses I have in Thunderbird and some old email data still in Evolution.

First -What's the easiest way to backup my /Home folder and my email data and any other files that should be included.

Second - How can I check to see if my /Home directory is located in a separate partition and if not can I create a second partition and copy over my /Home folder and any other important files that should be backed up prior to beginning the new install?

Mike
 
Old 01-03-2009, 11:10 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by kincanonmi View Post
I originally installed Ubantu 8.04 and then upgraded to 8.1 that managed to trash my log graphical log in and now have to run "startx" from terminal mode to get Gnome up and running.

The best solution I have is to do a clean install of Ubantu 8.1. But I don't want to loose all my personal data particularly my addresses I have in Thunderbird and some old email data still in Evolution.

First -What's the easiest way to backup my /Home folder and my email data and any other files that should be included.

Second - How can I check to see if my /Home directory is located in a separate partition and if not can I create a second partition and copy over my /Home folder and any other important files that should be backed up prior to beginning the new install?
I've a very simple way to backup my home partition, maybe it can also work for you. Please see my reply in this thread for a small walkthrough:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...toring-365347/

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Second - How can I check to see if my /Home directory is located in a separate partition and if not can I create a second partition and copy over my /Home folder and any other important files that should be backed up prior to beginning the new install?

Mike
The command df -h should give you a good idea of how your partitions look. Here you can see where my partitions for Windows are and where they are mounted:

Code:
/dev/sda1              98G   23G   75G  24% /media/win_c
/dev/sda5             601G  218G  384G  37% /media/win_d
So, basically, what that means is that my second partition (sda2) is mounted at /media/win_d, is using 218GB and has 384GB free. You may also want to check the command fdisk if df is not clear enough:

http://linux.die.net/man/8/fdisk

If you wish to create a new partition in order to backup your system, gparted is probably the easiest tool to use:

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

You can easily install it with:

Code:
sudo apt-get install gparted
However, your problem seems so simple that I would try to fix your issue instead of reinstalling and messing up with backup/restoring. Try this:

Code:
sudo cp /etc/event.d/rc-default /etc/event.d/rc-default.bak
sudo gedit /etc/event.d/rc-default
The thing is that most likely, you are booting into a runlevel where the start script won't try to initialize the X server. You can read more about runlevel here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runlevel

Substitute telinit 2 with 3 in that file, save and restart your system to see if that works. If it does not, revert the file back.

I hope this is of any help.

Regards!

Last edited by Mega Man X; 01-03-2009 at 11:11 PM.
 
  


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