[clug-talk] Partition fun
carlsonmark at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 13:29:42 PST 2006
On 1/9/06, Mike Bougie <mike.bougie at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ok folks, I'm fed up. Ubuntu is fun. Gnome blows. I want to switch to KDE.
> The last time I did an "apt-get install kde-desktop" there were
> remnants of the old republic that I could not sweep away. I am
> thinking of re-installing Kubuntu but I don't want to lose my /home
> dirs again.
> My HDD is ReiserFS partionned. Can I create a new partition and then
> back up existing /home to the new dir and then re-install?
> Is this a dumb idea?
I'm not sure which idea you are thinking is dumb, but backing up your
home directory doesn't usually hurt, and it's quite smart if you are
planning on doing a re-install!
Personally, I would not create a new partition (unless you have free
space on the disk.) There are a few other things I would consider
first (mostly because I've never used ReiserFS and I don't know how
difficult resizing a ResierFS partition is.)
1. You could back up to CD or DVD.
2. You could back up to USB Flash memory (size permitting)
3. You could back up to an external HD (someone might even lend one to
you if you ask nice :-)
4. If you have another computer on your network, back it up to that
one using SMB or the like.
The only thing I think you need to remember is to tar it all first, so
you keep all of the access permissions, etc.
Whenever you're resizing partitions, be careful, as you can
potentially destroy data.
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