On reboot I have /home/tom which has fodlers: Desktop, Documents, and Downloads Those are empty. How do I browse and get the full /sda1/ path to the folders on /sda1/ which do have my files

Right now, using Files (Nautilus) I can't get to (don't know how to get to) /sda1/. If I use

    "sudo mount /dev/sda1 /home"

then /sda1/ mounts as Home and I don't see the full path (e.g. Home/Documents, not /dev/sda1/data/home/documents).

My OS is in sda5 My data/files are in sda1

    tom@tom-HP-ProBook-450-G3:~$ lsblk
    sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0 rom 
    sda 8:0 0 931.5G 0 disk 
    ├─sda2 8:2 0 1K 0 part 
    ├─sda5 8:5 0 18.6G 0 part /
    ├─sda1 8:1 0 862.3G 0 part /
    └─sda6 8:6 0 50.6G 0 part [SWAP]

In Files (Nautilus) if I go to Other Locations it appears that only sda5 is mounted.

I should be able to run something like

    ln -s /sda1/data/documents /home/username/documents

but I want to confirm the details first

  • Things like /dev/sda1 are block devices - you can't simply symlink "into" them. You will need to mount it somewhere (doesn't need to be /home - it could be /data or /mnt/data for example) and then symlink to locations in the mounted filesystem – steeldriver Feb 11 '17 at 18:05
  • I'm having a problem mounting sda1 @steeldriver tom@tom-HP-ProBook-450-G3:~$ sudo mount /dev/sda1 <br/> [sudo] password for tom: <br/> mount: /dev/sda1 is already mounted or / busy<br/> /dev/sda1 is already mounted on / – user311009 Feb 11 '17 at 18:49
  • Reinstall: Where is the "Mount Point" option | Some "Change Home Directory" instructions I find online are pretty confusing. I'm willing to reinstall, and this time correctly set sda1 as Home and sda5 as Root. I found a video where it appears that Ubuntu (with Unity) allows doing this but he selects Create New Partition Table, creates a new partition Selects "Use As: EXT4" and Mount Point: / (i.e. Root") When I went to reinstall I didn't see the Mount Point option. Can I get that? Would I have to reformat the partition or Create New Partition Table to get that option? – user311009 Feb 12 '17 at 1:08
  • In this video "The benefits of a Separate Home Partition" youtube.com/watch?v=_3WsX1OjqSE&t=4m43s – user311009 Feb 12 '17 at 1:11
  • I reinstalled. This time I booted an Ubuntu Gnome Live Disk. At the Installation Type I selected "Something Else" and at the Partitioning screen I selected "sda1" then "Change" then "Use as" set to "ext4" set it as "Mount Point" set to "/Home" and made sure "Format the Partition" was unchecked (Don't Format). Then I selected "sda5" then "Change" then "Use as" set to "ext4" set it as "Mount Point" set to "/" and made sure "Format the Partition" was checked (DO Format). This is exactly what I wanted. – user311009 Feb 15 '17 at 13:37

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