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Old 02-02-2007, 04:23 AM   #1
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How do I reinstall SuSE 10.1 without overwriting partitions?


I just did the unthinkable: I accidentally Cut and Pasted my /user/lib directory to another location. After pasting it back, my system doesn't boot. Seems like I need to reinstall.

So, here I am in Expert Partitioner. All partitions, md's and lv's are intact as they were when I originally installed the system last year. My question: How do I reinstall without overwriting some key partitions, like /home and another custom partition (/archive)that I originally created?

Here's my plan:

Assign mount points to /home and /archive in Expert Partitioner, but leave the format field at its previous setting (the box is grayed with e.g. Reiser written in it). Come to think of it, should I do that with all my partitions, since they were all formatted once before?

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I'm not quite clear on the overall objective. Are you trying to preserve data?, settings?.....both?

Regardless of what else you do, backup any critical data first.

During install you can ignore partitions that you do not want changed---simply don't mount them during install. Once the system is installed and running, then you can either mount them or copy the files you need.
Old 02-02-2007, 07:31 AM   #3
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Yes, the objective was to save settings and files on those partitions I mentioned. I bravely reinstalled the system and it seems to have worked. I mounted the partitions I wanted to save, but didn't mark them for formatting. Kept everything intact.



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