just install it without adding users, and don't mention /dev/hda3.( don't use it at install )
you'll have an empty /home dir
after install, mount hda3 on /home, and edit fstab to mount it at boot.
then add users, you'll be asked if it's ok to give the new user the existing /home/<username> dir.
edit:if i understand correct you're not able to backup any config files ?
Last edited by egag; 08-01-2005 at 12:25 PM.