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I have a wonderful running Maverick Meerkat install going on right now. I want to move my /home to another partition as per many suggestions.

How can I go about doing this without reinstalling the entire Ubuntu system? Can I simply create the partition with gparted and then change the mount point of /home in fstab to reflect it or is it a bit more difficult?

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Yes, it is only a matter of adding a new entry to /etc/fstab and then copying the files over.

I suggest using UUIDs for the partition identifier in fstab, the syntax similar to this:

UUID=abcdabcd-acbd-abcd-abcd-abcdabcd /home ext4 defaults 0 2

Copying is best done as root, with "-a" flag passed to cp. Also, better play safe and not remove the files immediately:

cp -a /home/* /path/to/new/partition/
mv /home /old_home
mkdir /home

Note that the user directories must be straight inside the partition, not in /partition/home/

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I think it's best to follow the Ubuntu wiki guide. I used it a while ago and it worked just fine.

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I like how that guide shows you how to find the GUID of your disks. I didn't know how to do that until now. – djangofan Jan 13 '11 at 20:06

Are you planning on sharing your /home with windows? If so, I made a few mistakes but it is do-able. Read my learning curve here.

Also, How-To Geek has a good tutorial on merging linux and windows /home and My Documents here as well as many others (HTG is my other source of invaluable info!)

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