I am planning on installing two ubuntu versions (12.04 and 14.04), along with windows in my system. I need to install two separate home folder for these two versions. (I would love it if one version of ubuntu doesn't see the home folder of the other one; but I don't know if this is possible). So to keep both the /home separate, I am planning to do the following. First I will install Ubuntu 12.04 by creating / (root folder) and /home partition (also a swap area). Next I will install ubuntu 14.04 by creating another / (root folder) and another /home partition(no separate swap, I believe). My question is how do I tell ubuntu 14.04 not to use the /home of ubuntu 12.04 and use the /home created during its own installation? Is it handled automatically (depending on which /home partition was created during which installation)? Last time I did this both installation went fine; but I don't think my two /home folders were mapped properly to their corresponding ubuntu versions. Please provide your suggestions. Thank You.

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During the installation process, Ubuntu will recognise the other partitions and give you the option to mount them, but unless you specifically set one of the partitions as your /home it won't determine it's a /home and use it. So, just to be clear, no Ubuntu 14.04 will not automatically use the /home from a previous installation.

  • Thanks for the reply. But during the installation of ubuntu 14.04 the partition table will have a ext4 partition which is /home of previous installation, right? Do you mean to say that 14.04 will not count this one? I just want to make things clear.
    – skr_robo
    Nov 17, 2015 at 22:58
  • Yes, during the 14.04 installation it will see the ext4 partition, and allow you to mount it, if you wish. But it doesn't have any way to identify it as a /home partition, therefore it will not count it as the 14.04 /home.
    – AJefferiss
    Nov 18, 2015 at 8:32
  • Thank you for your reply AJefferiss. You have been very helpful.
    – skr_robo
    Nov 18, 2015 at 13:58

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