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I installed Ubuntu's root on one partition and /home on another. Now if I format the root partition, install fresh Ubuntu, and mount the previous /home partition as /home, will it pick up all my previous files and folders?

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No. Not unless you explicitely mount the home partition as /home. To do that, select the Manual Partitioning option, also known as Something else, and select the appropriate mount point for the home partition. –  mikewhatever Oct 22 '12 at 0:29
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If won't be picked up, unless you explicitely mount the home partition as /home. To do that, select the Manual Partitioning option (also known as Something Else), and select the appropriate mount point for the home partition.

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