[clug-talk] Partition fun

Mike Bougie mike.bougie at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 14:19:04 PST 2006

is there a gnome tool for backing up /home?

On 1/9/06, Mark Carlson <carlsonmark at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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?
> >
> > ~Mike
> 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.
> -Mark
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