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Old 11-29-2014, 07:30 AM   #1
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Newbie likes to know what the Linux partitions contain.

I am a long time Windows user. It has been a long time that I wanted to get away from it but since I do VBA macro programming in Excel, I "WAS" stuck to Windows. Now I found Crossover for Linux which still allow me to do what I am doing with MS Office.
I am very excited with the Linux Mint Rebecca distro (did I say it right?) and looking forward to learn and eventually master it as well, but for the moment I do need a lot of real step by step help, that is the level I am now.
I like to know what these partitions actually contains: / , /Boot , /Home
and how do I copy the /Home partition?
Old 11-29-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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When your computer starts, the boot loader finds a kernel and initial RAM image. The directory where these are found is usually mounted at /boot.

The root filesystem containing the OS is mounted at /.

/home is the traditional name for the users' login direcories. You could copy it (assuming you have permission) with:

cp -a /home /tmp/homecopy
Old 11-30-2014, 07:39 AM   #3
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Thanks for your enlightment on the linux partitions. I think it will be a good idea to auto install linux on one drive and later "symlink" a dedicated data drive in /Home. I am not familiar yet what and how "symlink" works but I have read somewhere that it is similar to "shortcuts" in Windows but "more". It is the "more" that I will have to find out what they are. Your further opinion will be much appreciated.


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