I have a server that I use to host my mythtv backend among other things. It seems that root partition with the system on it became corrupted. I booted it with a livecd and repaired the partition with fsck and it is now clean. However, it seems that critical files / directories are now missing and the server will not boot.
I have backed up my critical files to a thumb drive and now want to repair the system. I am hoping that there is a method where I can use the installer to install linux again but not overwrite all that goodness I created? The home directories and data stores for the myth videos are on separate partitions and were not corrupted. If I go into the custom settings of the install and ask it not to format the drive, will this work for me? Thank you.