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Old 01-29-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
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Moving my home folder.

I've currently got my home folder mounted on the same (small) drive as Linux is installed on.
I've added a 200G drive, which is mounted at /FAT32 because that seemed like a good idea at the time.

I want to amalgamate the two, so my home folder is 200G.

If i copy the contents of my home folder onto what is now called /FAT32, and edit fstab to mount the big drive as my home folder, would creating a symlink called /FAT32 to replace the old mount work to stop me breaking file paths?

Would i be likely break anything in doing this?
Old 01-29-2006, 01:51 PM   #2
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This is what you can do.

New thought from your question, If the new partition is created as ext2 or ext3 then mount it as /home_new. Then you can rename /home to /home_backup and then make a softlink to the new /home_new directory.

At the root of the drive
mount the new partition to /home_new
copy contents to mounted /home_new
mv /home /home_backup
mkdir home
ln -s /home_new /home
add the needed line to /etc/fstab to automount the new partition to /home_new

Only issue might be a permissions block but not sure, the best way is below.

First gather the needed info the /dev to each partition you will be working with.
You can get this from the command ' /sbin/fdisk -l '. Requires root to run it.

Know which partition contains the following directories /home /etc, and new but temporary /home_new.

* First make the partition formatted as ext2,ext3,rieresfs, or what ever linux type format you perfer. Fat32 will not get it. Reason Fat32 does not handle links.
* Next once the partition is created mount it temporary as /home_new
* Then copy the contents from /home to /home_new.

This is the way I would do the following.
* Shutdown and reboot with a Live CD or Rescue CD
* From there mount the partition that contains /etc directory
* Also mount the partition to /home if it is not he same.
* Now rename the orginal /home to /home_backup. command to use if not using a gui based Live CD. ' mv home home_backup '
* Now edit /etc/fstab and add a line like this. Note the /dev/hda8 is my location, yours may very. Also I use ext3 for the type of format on the partition.
Line will look like this.
/dev/hde8               /home                   ext3    defaults        1 2
Unmount all partitions and reboot without Live CD.

Hope this helps.

Last edited by Brian1; 01-29-2006 at 01:59 PM.
Old 01-29-2006, 02:08 PM   #3
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There is a nice step-by-step guide on how to do this here:

You want to make sure that when you copy you /home directory, you use the command "cp -ax" as stated in the above mentioned guide. Otherwise, you will likely have problems with file permissions and ownership.


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