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I had installed Ubuntu 11.10 on a clear 40gb hd, but now i have a 100gb partition that i want to use as a /home folder, is there a problem to simple use fstab to change the mounting point?

I'm thinking to copy/paste all the archives in actual /home folder to this 100gb partition and then change the mounting point in fstab.

Edit: I will not make this because this 100gb partition is ntfs type, so no donuts for me.

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Dublicate question answered askubuntu.com/questions/20287/… –  Kangarooo Nov 10 '11 at 2:00

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

The basic steps are as follows:

  1. Setup your new partition.
  2. Backup and edit your fstab file (/etc/fstab) to mount the new partition as /media/home (just for the time being) and reboot.
  3. Use rsync to migrate all data from /home into /media/home.
  4. Edit fstab again so the new partition mounts as /home instead of /media/home but not reboot just yet.
  5. Move /home to /old_home and reboot.
  6. Delete /old_home.
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Thank you, your answer is pretty simple and yet so explanatory. –  Gustavo Ganso Nov 10 '11 at 1:15
    
I know nothing about the fstab, could you detail what I need to do on it? –  Tom Brito Jul 5 '13 at 17:42
    
You need to learn what fstab is, and how to edit it. It's really not that hard. –  mikewhatever Jul 5 '13 at 20:45
    
Thanks. Your answer made that linked article less daunting!! –  Phani Sep 19 at 15:41

I think this could be helpful: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving

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Thanks, I just found some similar questions answered. I can't find the search. Actually, I'm installing Ubuntu now. –  Gustavo Ganso Nov 10 '11 at 1:14
    
So why not set up the home folder at the partitioning stage? –  mikewhatever Nov 10 '11 at 1:16

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