I had my system set up with / on one drive and /home on another. The / drive has died and I was forced to reinstall the system onto a new drive and I reinstalled it without it being aware of the other drive with /home. I would like now to add the /home from the other drive to be used as /home in a new installation.

Currently there are different users on both (ie during the fresh installation I set up a different user to the one that is on /home). There is only one user in each drive. In principle I don't mid re-installing the / again if necessary to connect the /home from the other drive.

What is the proper way to do it? (This is the closest question to mine but there is no answer there... Adding home directory from old drive to fresh install)

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    Detailled instructions here: help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving
    – vanadium
    Sep 30, 2019 at 11:08
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    Thanks, but not quite - I have tried that but ended up not being able to login (my username shows up on a login page but when I enter my password the screen goes black and then back to the login page (there is no note about password being incorrect or anything like that)).
    – yotiao
    Sep 30, 2019 at 11:53
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    Login loops are usually a separate problem. Don't confuse or conflate the two.
    – user535733
    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:15
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    Ah, so I just swapped one issue for another... except I used to be able to login :-| Let the googling commence...
    – yotiao
    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:33
  • Could be that your user ID # on the old system doesn't match the # on the new system.
    – jpezz
    Oct 1, 2019 at 1:44

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Well, I solved it in an ugly way. After I followed with @vanadium's advice and got stuck in the login loop, and no solutions I could found worked, I set up a second user in the system, logged in as that user, deleted my original user and recreated it from scratch. Then I logged in again as that newly created user and everything was fine.

Thanks everyone for suggestions!

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