I did a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04.2. During installation, I picked another user-name for my profile.

I ended up with two Home folders, and after installation, I could not see my old files that used to be in my old Home Folder.

When I boot from a live CD, I can see 2 Home Folders inside Volume, and I can access them. How do I join or merge them into one?

  • thanks for helping, I figured it out on my own already with sudo nautilus I can move and link those files into my new default Home Folder. – JoKeR Feb 20 '15 at 22:18
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    To be honest, I am not sure what you did, but linking (?) doesn't sound like a solid solution, and it won't give you the right permissions. Why not just move the files you want to keep to either one? – Jacob Vlijm Feb 21 '15 at 12:26
  • yes Jacob Vlijm that exactly what I did because I wasn't exactly concerned about other Home Folder I just wanted data to be joined or moved to my current Home Folder. It's just the first time I completely reinstalled Ubuntu so I got confused after that. But thanks for responding. :) – JoKeR Feb 21 '15 at 13:09
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    Why don't one of you write this up as an answer that a more inexperienced user could follow so that they can benefit from your experience? – Elder Geek Feb 21 '15 at 15:26
  • yep actually I could do this, thanks for the tip. – JoKeR Feb 21 '15 at 15:34

It turned out both Home Folders could be found inside /home. I copied all the files that I needed and/or wanted from my old profile to my new Home Folder. I simply copied & pasted.

At last I deleted my old profile that I didn't need anymore. To do that, you can use

sudo rm -r <directory> 

or simply type sudo rm -r, and just drag & drop the folder over the terminal window and press Enter

That's it.

  • What if the old directory is in different partition? – Porcupine Jul 12 '18 at 16:28
  • well in my case I had it on the same partition but I don't think that could be an issue your current system is using the default Home directory that is active now your old Home directory just left aside. – JoKeR Jul 14 '18 at 22:47

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