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I want to make my /home folder on a separate partition on my harddrive. How can I do that, if there is a way?

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marked as duplicate by Takkat, Eric Carvalho, Basharat Sialvi, Raja, user68186 May 10 '13 at 14:00

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/home folder is in your hard drive, anyway. –  Radu Rădeanu May 9 '13 at 22:08
Do you mean that you want your /home folder on a separate partition on your harddisk? Please confirm. –  user85164 May 9 '13 at 22:10
Yes thats what I mean. –  ajdfjeans May 9 '13 at 22:11

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Check out the howto: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving

The basic steps are as follows:

  • Setup your new partition

  • Backup and edit your fstab to mount the new partition as /media/home (just for the time being) and reboot.

  • Use rsync to migrate all data from /home into /media/home.
  • Edit fstab again so the new partition mounts as /home instead of /media/home but not reboot just yet.
  • Move /home to /old_home and reboot
  • Delete /old_home.
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