So obviously this is my first interaction with Linux. Finally got Ubuntu installed and I tried to move my home folder to another partition and followed the instructions here: http://www.maketecheasier.com/move-home-folder-ubuntu

Everything went smooth except sudo mount -a command, both times it told me that device is already mounted or something. So as stupid as I am I just tried to restart the computer to see what happens. Sure enough now I can not log in to my account...

I am now on the guest account, any way I could get this fixed? Help please....

So the media directory that supposedly got created by following this tutorial is still there, but I can't see the partition I was trying to move the home folder on in the explorer anymore. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's ntfs filesystem and when I tried to move the home directory there something got mixed up? I have no problem deleting that partition and creating a new one, it's a new laptop with no documents on it anyway.

  • You probably can't login to your desktop because you don't have access to your home directory. use Ctrl+alt+f1, log in with your user. Then you should be able to do "sudo adduser tempuser", then do "sudo adduser tempuser sudo". You'll now have a user "tempuser" that has sudo access. You can use this to make it easier to fix your primary user. Nov 13, 2014 at 10:47
  • I actually ended up doing that. Lucky I had my home folder backup, so I was able to copy back my home folder backup for my user. Thanks Nov 15, 2014 at 3:48

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You're like me: a Windows Guru who has switched to the dark side... ;)

In a nutshell:

The easiest thing to do, is just start again, but when you're on the "Installation type" screen, don't choose "Alongside windows XXX" but "Something else". Then choose the partition/disk where you want to install Ubuntu itself and use mount point "/" for that. For your home folder just take the secondary partition/disk and use "/home" as a mount point.

The long version

I've been using Ubuntu for nearly a year now, so I wouldn't do what you just did any more. Forget that you're a guru! You're a newbie (I still am after nearly a year)! Read all the following articles to help you become an Ubuntu Guru: Switching from Windows

Read everything that applies to you from: Ubuntu Installation

And also read: File Hierarchy Standard

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