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I'm running 12.04 and want to upgrade to the latest stable version. How do I do that without losing my data files?

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marked as duplicate by Raja, karel, Braiam, Warren Hill, Seth Dec 25 '13 at 1:05

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If I'm correct, there is no way to upgrade from 12.04 to 13.10 directly unless you reinstall Ubuntu completely, which will lead to a loss of data.

My advice is, backup your important files - this is important. Whether or not your files are supposed to be deleted does not matter - accidents can and will happen.

After backing up, you can upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10, then to 13.04, then to 13.10 by running


in a terminal.

However, this is extremely slow as you will be upgrading 3 times. My recommendation is, copy your files to another device (perhaps using the 13.10 Live CD) and reinstall your Ubuntu.

Summary: Two choices.

  1. Backup files and upgrade 3 times using do-release-upgrade, or
  2. Reinstall Ubuntu 13.10 after copying files elsewhere.
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