I am trying to reinstall Ubuntu 17.10 from live usb. I have many problems during reinstallation.

So I need to only keep data not apps, Is there an option for that in Ubuntu reinstallation.

Thanks in advance.


You need to preserve the /home folder and all of it's subdirectories (it is unlikely that your data would be stored anywhere else, and no applications installed via apt-get will be there).

Here are some methods which would allow you to do this:

  • Backup /home to any kind of backup drive, either as a direct copy or as .tar.gz.
  • Repartition your existing hard drive. Create a new partition for /home, and move all your data there. Use that as a /home partition when you reinstall.

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