I would like to install a fresh ubuntu 11.04 on my home computer that has a few user accounts I will need to restore. I currently use 'Back in Time' to back up my data. I want to make sure everyone's account is preserved with their data and settings and was wondering if these backups will suffice? If I restore their folders into the new 'home' folder on the fresh install, will this recreate their accounts and settings? Or is there a better way to accomplish this?
/home should be on a separate partition. Then, when you install, specify your partitions manually. Set up your home partition to live at
/home and make sure you don't format it. Then, you should have everything set up fine.
If you don't have a separate partition, you can use GParted to resize your partition and create a /home partition (which should usually be the largest partition) as ext4 or ext3. Then, copy everything in
/home to the new partition and set up
# Assuming that the new partition has been created # and formatted as ext4 and is known as /dev/sda2. sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt sudo cp -av /home/* /mnt # The -a option is really important here; if you forget it, things will break. # Verify that everything was copied correctly; then... cd /home # Make sure that nothing is using your home directory--not even the current working directory. sudo rm -r /home/* sudo umount /mnt && sudo mount /dev/sda2 /home
Then, add the following line to
/dev/sda2 /home ext4 relatime 0 2