Similar to this questions were asked in this community many times, but none of them could help me. I need to make sure.

I currently have installed elementary OS 0.3.2 and I want to switch to Ubuntu 16 without losing my /home files.

So I created a USB stick contains Ubuntu and booted to live and then Ubuntu installation, chose "Something else" and now I see my partitions. As far as I know I must select the partition with "elementary OS 0.3.2" description to install Ubuntu over elementary.

Now my question is: Is there anything else should I do to not to lose my /home data?

  • Do you have /home on a separate partition? – Pilot6 Jul 11 '16 at 7:55
  • @Pilot6 Yes I do, as mentioned in question, too. – Ehsaan Jul 11 '16 at 7:57
  • It doesn't actually say that /home is on a separate partition anywhere in your question. – Arronical Jul 11 '16 at 8:22

You can install Ubuntu on your Elementary / partition and select the Elemantary /home as your Ubuntu /home.

The data on the /home will not be deleted.

You need to take in account that user specific settings will stay as well. That may cause some conflicts with the new DE.

A better way is to create a new user in Ubuntu and transfer files to the new user home directory. Then delete the old user. That will get all settings cleaned.

  • The only confusion thing here for me is that how can I choose a specific partition for /home without formatting it? – Ehsaan Jul 11 '16 at 8:04
  • When you run the installer and select "Something else", the installer will show you the existing partitions, you will be able to select them. And there is a checkbox to format or not. You need to check the format option for / and leave it blank for /home. – Pilot6 Jul 11 '16 at 8:06
  • and then Ubuntu detects automatically that should mount /home at that partition? – Ehsaan Jul 11 '16 at 8:09
  • If you tell the installer to use this partition as /home, then it will be mounted and used as /home. – Pilot6 Jul 11 '16 at 8:12
  • @Pilot61 My question now is how to tell the installer that? – Ehsaan Jul 11 '16 at 8:14

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