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First, I've read the recommended Q/As, so please don't mark this duplicate without a close reading.

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 to the SSD, along with a swap partition. (there will not be any other OS at this time)

I'm looking at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving and getting ready to follow its recommendations.

I'm wondering if I need to start with step one of if I should use a subset of the instructions. I'm asking because when I boot the HDD already shows as mounted under media/

Should I start with "SETUP fstab" section since I already have the partitions? Do I even need that section since it appears it's already mounting at boot time? Should I go straight to "Copy /home to New Partition"?


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You do not mount it as Nautilus' default mount although you could use that for the copy of data. But another althernative is to leave /home inside your / on SSD, so your configuration files load quickly, but move all data folders like Music, Documents and maybe even hidden folders with lots of data like the Firefox or Thunderbird profiles into a data partition on your hard drive. I had a separate /home for all of 5 minutes when I realized I wanted data not user files in my separate partition. –  oldfred Jun 23 '14 at 0:26
@oldfred OK, strange. I tried "sudo mkdir media/<username>/<uuid>/Documents" Result: mkdir: cannot create directory: No such file or directory. I'm wondering if it has to do with how the drive is auto mounted or how the drive is under media user uuid. Ideas? Also in earlier questions I saw your recommendations for movings parts of home instead of the entire directory, and plan to follow that. –  TK 421 Jun 23 '14 at 4:22
Ah, apparently it's marked as owener = root, and I can't create new folders/files in gui or terminal sudo. Must be something to do with how it was originally created and partitioned or how it is being automatically mounted (since I took no action whatsoever to set it up). –  TK 421 Jun 23 '14 at 4:37
If data partition is NTFS it will always be owned by root, but you mount it in fstab with correct default permissions to make it usable. If Linux formatted you need to set ownership & permissions with chown and chmod. –  oldfred Jun 23 '14 at 19:21

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