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Old 03-01-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
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up grading to new version of linux and saving old data files


How can I install a newer version of Mint and save my data files? Do i have to back up everything on a separate HD then clean install?
 
Old 03-02-2018, 07:29 AM   #2
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I'd recommend you back up your data, but then you can either do a clean install using install media, or you can perform an upgrade either using Update Manager or using aptitude from a terminal, using: "apt install mintupgrade"
 
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:56 PM   #3
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Which version of Mint are you running at the moment?
 
Old 03-02-2018, 03:27 PM   #4
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Backing up your data before any major change is a Really Good idea.

If everything goes well with an upgrade you won't need to reload your data. If everything goes well with a clean install you'll only need to reload your data if your /home directory is on the same HDD partition as your root directory.

The chances of not everything going well are pretty small but not zero so I'd definitely back up my data first, it just isn't worth the risk.

Whether a clean install or upgrade is better can depend on how old your Mint is - an upgrade can take more time than a new install if your current version is old enough.
 
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:42 AM   #5
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Which version of Mint are you running at the moment?
I'm not sure what version but I sure do like it. I downloaded new version of Mint (live CD) and it works great. I can't say enough about Linux and Linux people. Thanks for helping.
 
Old 03-03-2018, 09:12 AM   #6
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I'm not sure what version but I sure do like it. I downloaded new version of Mint (live CD) and it works great. I can't say enough about Linux and Linux people. Thanks for helping.
If you click on the Mint menu, select Control Centre and then Welcome Screen (it's in the Look and Feel section) then that will tell you which version of Mint you're running.

A more useful way of obtaining the same information, and more, is to open the Terminal application (you may also see this referred to as the "Command Line") and run the following command:

Code:
inxi -S
Let us know how you get on with both of these.
 
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Old 03-03-2018, 09:05 PM   #7
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When you back up your /home directory, in order to back up hidden directories, you have to use trailing slashes with rsync, without the '*' wildcard. The typical
Code:
$ rsync -av /home/user/* /backup/
does not copy hidden files and directories.
Code:
$ rsync -av /home/user/ /backup/
however does.
 
Old 03-03-2018, 09:21 PM   #8
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And of course you should regularly back up your data - regardless of an upgrade.
 
Old 03-03-2018, 09:30 PM   #9
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copy paste
 
Old 03-04-2018, 08:15 AM   #10
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Host: m-IdeaCentre-K410 Kernel: 4.4.0-21-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: MATE 1.14.1 Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah

WOW!
 
Old 03-04-2018, 09:45 AM   #11
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Host: m-IdeaCentre-K410 Kernel: 4.4.0-21-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: MATE 1.14.1 Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah

WOW!
Nice one.

In that case, an upgrade to the latest Mint 18.3 might be a good idea.

Personally I would do two things before upgrading:

. Install TimeShift and make a system snapshot so that you can roll back if things go awry. You can set it to include your home directory in this snapshot. This is a good idea even if you aren't upgrading - you can set TimeShift to take snapshots at a certain frequency (e.g. daily/weekly).

See https://linuxmint-installation-guide...timeshift.html

. Backup your documents etc. to an external device. I personally use FreeFileSync for this purpose, but there are many other options.

See https://www.freefilesync.org/
 
  


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