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using previously established /home partition

asked 2013-04-04 08:19:28 -0500

joshswlms gravatar image

I recently did a fresh install of a different distro (huge mistake, should have never left Fedora, I know.) My issue now is that I would like to go back to using Fedora 18. My hard drive is currently portioned for the old OS which I obviously want to overwrite. But I would like to keep my /home partition that I already have my data on. What would be the best way to go about doing this. I know how to set up the /, swap, and /boot partitions by deleting them and recreating them.

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Thank you everyone! SideBurns solution worked for me. You're the best!

ThomasMCA: You are very correct. This is something that seriously needs to be addressed. In previous versions everything was clearly laid out and easier to understand. This versions installer put the fear of God in me that everything was going to be written over in the /home partition.

joshswlms gravatar imagejoshswlms ( 2013-04-04 14:53:27 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-04-04 11:20:44 -0500

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Speaking from recent experience here: all you have to do is select the same partition for /home and tell the installer not to format it. Then, select the same user name as you had before and confirm that you want to use the existing home directory.

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And how i can do this? When i removed the / , swap and boot and recreated them Fedora installer creates new drop down list that contains new /, swap and boot partitions and leaves home as it. Is that the correct behavior? I'm talking about Fedora 23

ibrahim132 gravatar imageibrahim132 ( 2016-02-16 09:15:00 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-04-04 09:05:35 -0500

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updated 2013-04-04 09:06:10 -0500

You can easily keep the home partition and delete all the other partitions to format the system ---IF Only you have created the home partition on a separate file system while installing the other distro and not under the current / (root) partition. If you have created it on a separate file system just install fedora by deleting all the other file systems like swap, boot , / and mount the /home to the existing home partition during install.

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yes, the /home partition was created during the installation of the other distro. that is what i was trying to figure out how to do. how do i mount the existing /home partition. i really miss the old installation process of fedora. partitioning was much easier.

joshswlms gravatar imagejoshswlms ( 2013-04-04 09:46:34 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-04-04 11:01:21 -0500

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The custom partitioning options while installing both F17 and F18 are awful, and rarely work. Many users have complained about it, but the developers seem unwilling to change anything. You can try pointing /home to your existing /home partition during the setup process, but it may overwrite your existing data, or it may just fail to install.

One option would be to install F18 onto a single partition, then modify fstab so that /home points to your existing partition. That can be difficult to do successfully because your existing partition may reference applications from your old F18 setup that have not yet been reinstalled onto your new F18 environment. This option could even break your GUI, requiring booting into a console or a LiveCD to fix/change configuration files. It can be done, but it won't be easy to do.

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