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Old 08-06-2017, 06:06 AM   #1
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Will installing Fedora over my ubuntu partition erase all of my files?


I'm not really a total newbie. I have been using Linux (ubuntu) for the past 7 months, but I feel like this is definatly a newb question
 
Old 08-06-2017, 06:17 AM   #2
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Like they were never there.
 
Old 08-06-2017, 06:21 AM   #3
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Like they were never there.
Ok thanks, just wanted to clarify whether or not it would keep directories such as Downloads, Desktop, etc or if would just nuke it and install itself
 
Old 08-06-2017, 06:28 AM   #4
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Personally, I always save my Documents and Images folders to a USB drive before I rebuild my system.

I've saved my /etc folder as well to cut down on having to edit all those docs and can copy them off individually as needed.
 
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Fileystems typically get formatted by an install. Make a backup of what you value. Regardless of an install.
 
Old 08-06-2017, 06:36 AM   #6
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Sol33t303,

It certainly will!

You can keep an existing /home partition (if you have one).

This may help you:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-distro-37074/
 
Old 08-06-2017, 02:25 PM   #7
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It certainly will!

You can keep an existing /home partition (if you have one).
If Ubuntu had/has only root (and swap) partitions, it will. If however, Ubuntu had/has a separate partition mounting to /home, you need not lose any personal data simply by replacing Ubuntu with Fedora. That doesn't mean you shouldn't back up whatever personal data matters to you prior to the replacement.
 
Old 08-06-2017, 04:13 PM   #8
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Or you can create a separate data partition so you don't have to worry about this again.
 
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:44 PM   #9
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It will if you elect to format on install. But you can install without formatting. But only God knows what unholy abomination you may create. A seperate /home partition is recommended if you want to keep data when switching distros.

I have a separate /home partition and when I want to change distros, I move all my .(dot) files from home to a backup location, install the new distro (without formatting /home, of course) and am on my way. This has worked for me for a number of years now
 
Old 08-07-2017, 06:31 AM   #10
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Will installing Fedora over my ubuntu partition erase all of my files?
Yes.
You talk of partition. If your home /home folder lies in this partition it will be "Deleted -- Reformatted -- Installed on New" as usually do all automated installing DVD/CDs.

Hope that warns.

Good luck and be careful ...

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Old 08-07-2017, 07:30 AM   #11
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this is a little lesson on spiting typo should have been >splitting< ones system between / and /home so one does not have to worry about this. When one then needs to install a system it will only wipe the / (root) side where it lives and leave the /home side alone.

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Old 08-07-2017, 07:55 AM   #12
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this is a little lesson on spiting ones system between / and /home so one does not have to worry about this. When one then needs to install a system it will only wipe the / (root) side where it lives and leave the /home side alone.
Sire... is it "spiting" or "splitting" ? Your post offers them a very important rule to put in practice to which newbies must learn to apply to themselves.

Thanks for speaking out what my post did not care to say for the good of the newbies.
 
Old 08-07-2017, 08:52 AM   #13
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Sire... is it "spiting" or "splitting" ? Your post offers them a very important rule to put in practice to which newbies must learn to apply to themselves.

Thanks for speaking out what my post did not care to say for the good of the newbies.
which seems to be more logical to you in that sentence?

how do you think I over come peoples english in here? I use my brain to try and decipher what they are saying applying logic and reasoning to try and help me over come typos and such.

throw a rock why don't you?

Just because one is type cast as a newbie does not necessarily mean that they are complete idiots (ignorant human beings without the capability to think using logic and reasoning).

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