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Should I move my home folder or reinstall?

asked 2018-11-12 08:25:27 -0500

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I've recently installed Fedora 29 (workstation) on a fresh machine. This machine contains two hard drives. My primary drive is a 250 GB SSD drive that is really fast. My "data" drive is a typical 750 GB spinning drive.

When I installed, I pretty much left all of the defaults as they are. Which put /home on the SSD drive.

(I wasn't using my head when I installed)

I then installed Dropbox and had some major issues with it. Once it was installed and working, I tried to move the folder location to my data drive (/mnt/sdc1/Dropbox). However, Dropbox has a bug and will not let me move the folder to anywhere except the SSD drive. It really wants the files located in the home folder.

I really should have put my home folder on the data drive anyway. So my question then becomes, is it easier or safer to move the home folder to the data drive (which I will have to research) or just re-install the whole computer? My data is backed up to another drive so re-installing isn't too painful.

But if it's easy and fast to move the home folder, then I'd prefer to do that.

BTW, I have no idea if this will fix the Dropbox issue. If it doesn't, expect another question.


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@cbmeeks What about disable Dropbox for a moment , move the Dropbox folder to new location and make a sysmlink something link this -> ln -s /mnt/sdc1/Dropbox /home/username/Dropbox then enable Dropbox

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2018-11-12 10:40:20 -0500 )edit

@hhlp that was something I thought of. And others have suggested that. However, others have also said it causes problems with Dropbox. And, Dropbox themselves recommend NOT using symbolic links. I'm not sure why. After thinking about it, I think I would want my home directory on the larger drive anyway. I will eventually have around 250 GB of data and it just won't fit in my SSD drive.

cbmeeks gravatar imagecbmeeks ( 2018-11-12 12:44:15 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-11-12 16:12:52 -0500

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updated 2018-11-12 16:21:52 -0500

why not mount sdc1 just under users home directory ?

/home/your username/DATA


I sorted out all my important files (doc's, movies, ...) which want move/change often to a separat partition/drive and created links/bookmarks within nautilus.

my /home is separat partition/drive too, so I keep my files during new installs. Just need to mount it during install.

modification in my /etc/fstab:

UUID=<your uuid> /home/<your username>/DATA          ext4    defaults        1 2
tmpfs   /var/tmp   tmpfs    defaults,nosuid,nodev,noexec,mode=1777,size=2%  0 0

/var/tmp lives in RAM too (SSD safer => wear level !)

/home/your username/DATA is owned by you NOT root. Rights: drwxr-xr-x

P.S. If you follow this advices you need to be completely awake and using your head during next installation, otherwise you will -maybe - format your /home and all data in !!!

A Backup on an external drive is ever a safe idea. (/home /etc/ [maybe: /boot /lib/modules/ /root /var/www])

/var/www only if you serve a website or sync your smartphone with baikal and DAVdroid

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answered 2018-11-12 12:52:01 -0500

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I suggest to put only the system files to SSD and other data on a "normal" Disk drive (/home etc.), huge data traffic on a SSD can accelerate the wearing level of this type of storage (The internet is full with pro and cons to put high data traffic on a SSD or not). I would reinstall the machine, because it is less fault-prone and if your "tricky" actions fails you have lost much of time and the reinstall follows anyway. After the fresh install do not forget to image your system.

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