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Old 12-02-2015, 06:57 AM   #16
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remove another duplicate - sorry
I tried to post in a way that created duplicates.
My apologies.
It will not happen again.

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Old 12-02-2015, 07:01 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by slayme40 View Post
At the Moment I have a partition entirely devoted to /home. It is running low on hard drive space so I want to mount sdb1 so I can use this for my data files. In another thread I was told to mount sdb1 and create the folder "data" on sdb1 and mount it to /home/bill/data . Is this the best way of doing this?
So you have the OS on one partition (/) - possibly sda1 ?
And you have /home on a different partition - possibly sda2 ?
And you want to create a mount point on a mount point.
(I do not have a separate /home partition, and did not realize that you do.)
What happens if it is very slow to mount - does the fstab command to mount sdb1 on sda2 fail ?
What happens if you put the mount line for sdb1 in fstab before the mount line for sda2 ?
That gives some insight into your original problem.
Originally Posted by slayme40 View Post
I've tried to add /home/bill/data to fstab and it just boots in to emergency mode. The only thing I can't think of is because bill can't access data would that be correct?
I guess I should have asked for "cat /etc/fstab" to see what was there.

How about if you follow this tutorial to create your mount point on /mnt

Then you have a choice of creating a "symlink" in /home/bill, or binding.
I would advise sticking with the symlink option. Because all that does is create a file - nothing fancy - just a file that represents your /data partition.

You could even go "all in" and completely switch /home from sda2 to sdb1
That is simply a matter of changing the /home line in fstab to a different partition (sdb1), and then copy the /bill folder from sda2 to sdb1.
Make a backup copy of fstab first.
After testing that configuration, you can delete /bill on sda2.
That might not fit your system, but I thought I would mention the possiblity.
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