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Old 10-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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sdA 8gB disc space limited on eeePC and no access to 32 gB sdB

Am proud to report I managed to install Ubuntu 12.04 on my eeePC 1000H and carry out a number of post-install tweaks. All appears to be working fine.

My eeePC shows drives sda and sdb, approx. 8gB and 32gB respectively. I installed Ubuntu on sda and the larger drive, sdb is to all intents and purposes empty. This is where the issues begin...

1.) I am warned with a message window that space on sda is limited ie: 150mB remaining etc. The suggestion is to store files etc elsewhere. I have backed up on an external drive so in fact pretty much all that is on my netbook at the moment is the OS itself and my e-mail folders (using Evolution).

2.) I am unable to create folders or even to access the larger sdb, warned that I do not have priveliges to do so. So creating folders where I can store my files/data on sdb is not currently an option.

3.) My /home folder is on the smaller drive and I am guessing any document saved or any off-line accessible e-mail storage will happen somewhere on this smaller drive, using the limited space remaining.

I would appreciate advice on how to access - if possible - the second, larger drive on my eeePC. Ideally I would like to to learn:

1.) how to change the path for my Home folder, so that it is on the larger drive and;
2.) how to change the path for storage of my e-mail files on Evolution so that this is also on the larger drive.

Thanks in advance for advice and do let me know if more info is required.
Old 10-29-2012, 09:23 AM   #2
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The home folder is stored in the /etc/passwd directory.
To move your home:
- create a new folder wherever you want
- move files from your current home to your new folder
as root
- backup the /etc/passwd
- in the /etc/passwd file, change the folder corresponding to your user (2nd string from the end)
- log off and log in

Your sdb drive is pobably mounted with wrong options.
- Have you npts-3g tools installed ?
- What is the result of "cat /etc/fstab" command ?
- What is the result of "fdisk -l" launched as root ?

Old 11-05-2012, 03:39 AM   #3
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What is sdb? An internal disk?
You can probably free up some space by running sudo apt-get clean; this will clean up apt's cache.

- move files from your current home to your new folder as root
Make sure that you preserve the permissions when using the above; you do NOT want your files in the new home directory to be owned by root.


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