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Old 01-03-2004, 11:11 AM   #1
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Will Reinstall delete /home?

I installed 9.2 RC1 when it first came out (it's the only OS on the computer) and have been "messing" with it continuously since. Now I have issues with my video driver caused by running too much cooker "stuff".

I'm looking at reinstalling Mandrake but want to make sure I don't delete /home.

Can anyone tell me how to install without overwritting /home?


Old 01-03-2004, 11:58 AM   #2
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If /home is on a separate partition, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about; if it's on the same partition with other things, though (like / or /usr, which will be replaced with a reinstall) then it might get blown away. One way to find out, if you don't know, is to look at /etc/fstab. If there is a line something like:

/dev/hda5 /home ext3 defaults 0 0

then your /home is probably on its own partition. Another way to check is to type 'mount' from a terminal window. If there is a line for /home in there, then it's on a separate partition. As long as you don't re-format that partition, a reinstall won't affect it.

If, however, /home is part of the / partition, you may want to create a spare partition, or use an existing extra partition, to backup everything to it, and then use that partition for /home after you reinstall. It's a good idea to keep it separate, so reinstalls won't affect it.


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