General :: Windows - Using A Home Partition That Already Has Data?
Jan 24, 2010
I want to install Ubuntu side by side with Windows. I have a big NTFS partition that has a folder with the same name as my username (let's say "joe"). Inside "joe" I have my personal files. Outside "joe" but still in the partition, there is random stuff that doesn't really belong anywhere, or now useless programs that I had to install there because the main Windows partition ran out of space. If during the Ubuntu installer I choose to use that partition as /home and make a user called "joe", will everything work fine?
I have a separate ext4 partition which contains all my data (music, movies, etc). When I delete files from this partition it is very slow because it copies files from my data partition to the Trash folder in my home partition. How can I avoid this? Can't the trash be configured so that it uses a trash folder in each partition instead of copying files to another partition (which is slow).
Around six months ago (last time I reinstalled Ubuntu 9.10), on a whim I decided to check that option to "encrypt [my] home directory". I wanted to see what it was like. Mistake. Since then, I've been unable to figure out how to access the data in my home directory using any method besides booting the computer (usb drive, rip-out-and-stick-it-in-an-enclosure, etc.). Specifically, I find that shell script sitting there that tells you to run it in order to see your files, but it gives some kind of error. I also still have the code Ubuntu tells you to write down in order to decrypt your files.
Fast forward to this past week. I brought in the laptop to Best Buy for repairs to the hinge (the hinge! Ace Hardware could fix this problem! But I wanted to make full use of the service plan.), and I got a phone call a few days later, saying that it hit Best Buy's "No Lemon" policy. They were going to keep my computer and give me in-store credit toward a new one. Of course, I refused to pay ~$70 for them to back up my data for me; what could possibly happen to it when they were fixing a hardware problem?
Anyways, I pleaded with them for my hard drive back, and they said that they could ship the hard drive back to the store so I could get my data off of it. I'm planning on going in there with my external backup hard drive and an external enclosure and doing it myself at the counter (If they charge $70 to back up a Windows partition, how much more will they charge for an encrypted Linux one?). I don't want to embarrass myself by standing around and not being able to get into my own data.
i have instaled ubuntu 11.04 wubi on my pc with windows 7. i installed and everything was going ok i navigate on ubuntu already. but the problems star here i went on my ubuntu to the partition section and i format my windows partion to be the home partion and changed the nfts to ext, i did the upgrades but i forgot that theyr running yet and i restart my computer when it boot again it gaves me an error:
try (0,0) : nfts5 : wubildr try (0,1) : ext2 :
and the windows7 says that i have to instal again. so i went to another pc and i made a cd boot and a pen boot. i burned the iso (downloaded from the ubuntu oficial site the 11.04 32 bit version) image to the cd and pen drive prperly, i adjust my boot options to star from usb or cd rom and nothing im struck.
I have a home directory which is mounted on the LVM partition,How can i reduce the size of LVM partiotion without loosing the data on home directory...whenever i use lvreduce command it show me a warning mesg that the whole data will be lost...reducing the size of LVM partition without loosing my home directory data.
I have just spent dome time using gparted to sort out my partitions. I have a vista partition, a fedora one and a big chunk of unallocated space I wish to use as my data drive.
I want to move my ~ folder to the new partition and have windows/vista access the folder and write to the Documents, Downloads folders etc.
What is the best format to use?
Also I plan to start backing up my partitions to a server, for instance using g4l to save a linux image (maby a windose one too). Is there any benifit in keeping all the hidden files (ones starting with period '.') i.e moving the whole ~ folder or would I be best off leaving the ~ dir and moving the folders I know i use such as ~/Downloads, ~/Documents etc?
And how should i preform the move of all these files? 'mv'? do i need to add any special options?
I just made a very stupid mistake, and in result I just deleted almost everything on my windows 7 partition. I followed this guide: [URL].. for how to access my windows partition from ubuntu and it worked, but then I decided to rm -r the whole thing thinking it was a copy. I have no restore disks or any other type of backup. I know this maybe be impossible, but is there any way to recover my data?
I bought a new computer that has Windows preinstalled and I want to install Ubuntu to dual boot. I'm considering making /home on a separate Windows partition in Gparted.. would it slow the performance significantly if I used this setup? I'd like to be able to access my important files regardless of whether I boot into Windows or Linux..
Trying to clean install 11.2 dual boot with Win xp already installed. How do I create a new home partition, don't want to preserve the existing home partition from a previous attempt. DVD installation and automatic config keeps saving the thing.
I dual boot Ubuntu and Vista. I don't have a whole lot of personal files (mostly everything is on the external HDD) and so I have a spare 55GB partition sitting around with nothing on it, and an almost full Vista 60GB partition. Is it possible to use this spare partition both as a /home and as a Windows Documents partition..?
I'd need to set Ubuntu to automount it and it'd need to be in FAT32 or NTFS for Windows to recognize it but I don't see why it shouldn't work... even though I have no clue how? I'll keep on researching but I couldn't find much concrete info on the topic. I'll try different search terms meanwhile.
Will this work? I have a new laptop that should be here this afternoon and I would like to share the home partition with a windows install. Here is my plan. Leave the default install of windows on there but shrink the partition it is on. Install ubuntu on the new partition along with a home partition Copy the folders of the home partition and then format the partition into ntfs Edit the FSTAB and put the folders back into that partition Boot back into windows and change the "My Documents" folders the those in the home partition
I was going to freshly format my laptop with Windows 7 x86_64 and Lucid Lynx x86_x64... I have a HUGE amount of media (music, videos, pictures, documents) and I don't keep all of it on my external harddrive.
The plan is to have the basic 2 partitions for Windows 7 and Ubuntu but I would like to have a 3rd partition that is just for media that I could share between the two OSes. I guess I would create symbolic links in the Ubuntu Home folder to point to the partition with media and in Windows I could probably just add those folders to libraries (unless someone knows how to move the User folder to another parition?)
What should I format this new partition as? NTFS? It needs to support files larger than 4GB and Windows can't read/write to basically anything.
I've been using Ubuntu 10.10 for just under a week. Recently, a partition called 'Data' has disappeared, and all my music and documents along with it. The folder is not to be seen in Places or on my desktop. My only way of finding it is to go to terminal. But when I try to open it there I get an error saying I don't have permission to read it. In Puppy Linux and SliTaz I can easily find the partition and read it. What should I do to bring it back in Ubuntu?
I am currently running a dual boot machine with Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows Vista.Is there any way I can delete the Linux partition and Grub boot loader without affecting the Windows partition at all?I would also like to be able to repartition all of the space that was previously occupied by Linux.
In what files/dirs in the home dir does xfce store the user config data?
Or if you like.
What files do I need to restore from backup in order to restore my xfce desktop with all the different settings I made?
Edit: All user config files is usually stored somewhere in /home/$USER/. And since all the programs, kde, xfce and gnome stores their config there, this question is about what files belong to the xfce desktop.
This is my guess of what files belong to the xfce desktop:
I needed to install a new OS on a new HD but i also need the data on the old HD which has some problems (it doesn't boot anymore). The problem is that in the old one i had linux (Slackware) and so it doesn't allow me to view the content of the folder /home/myself. If there was something possible to do to recover all the data or if it will be forever lost.
Last week I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my system in dual booting. I had installed succesfully both but unable to see data files from windows OS. Though I have excercised the options in various resources available on internet/blogs. System takes about 03 hrs during installation process. I am also unable to configure Thunderbird.
System hardware info is as - System ManufacturerVIA Technologies, Inc. System ModelKM266APro-835 System TypeX86-based PC
Well i have an 20GB HDD (/dev/sdb) formated with ext4 and has very important files on it .All of sudden something went wrong and the 20GB partition has been lost . Now how do i have to recover that partition and primarily recover those files . Gparted shows no partition on it but unpartitioned space .
I have a 10gb partition I use for data. The /home is there, and I mount any other data partitions (like /music stuff) onto /data. These other mounted partitions add up to something like 60gb of diskspace, but since they're just mounted on /data, I believe they only take up 4096 bytes per mount point.
Some time ago, I found that the /data parition was full. There was only 330mb of data in /home, so I was perplexed. I found a cache dir under .opera that reported itself as having 132TB (yes, that is terrabytes) of files. I thought deleting the offending directory was the answer, so I deleted that cache dir and every file or subdirectory in it, but the /data partition is still like 99% full. I am a wee bit confused.
This very full /data partition is my only jfs partition. The other mounted filesystems are either ext3 or ntfs. Is it possible that the journal of this filesystem is corrupted? Or is hidden somewhere on the /data parition, taking up a bunch of space? (I obviously don't know enough about filesystem to know whether or not this is a likely scenario.) Is it possible to zero out (or delete and re-create) the journal, if so? The only other thing I can think of is to move all the /home data off, delete the partition, then re-create it and move /home back. I will do that if need be, but I'd rather learn something from the experience, weird as it is.
I have used linux on and off for a few years now but still jump between distros.
I have just got my old toshiba laptop working (got lucky and got given another broken laptop for free and managed to merge them into one working laptop )
I am about to install mint 10 RC and fedora and just realised why on earth have I not created a seperate partition for /home?
I have done a quick google and I know it can be done but I thought id ask you guys if you had any tips or advice on sharing files between 2 or more distros?
I have found a how-to for this but if there is a specific tutorial that you would recommend?
Doing some more research into it and I have found that sharing the /home file is 'not adviced' unless using differant user names for each install... so I am now planning on making a /data partition instead.
I am running Ubuntu with root on one partition and /home on another. I am proposing adding another distro (probably openSUSE) with its root on a partition which is unused at present, and the same /home partition as Ubuntu. Will using the same /home partition for two distros work? I realise that I will have to use the same usernames and passwords for both.
While attempting to install FC12, Anaconda took it upon itself to overwrite the partition on my backup disk. Now I need to figure out if there's a way to get at least some of my data back. If there's a better place for this question, please let me know and I will happily move it. Using Linux since 1993, other Unixoid systems since 1986. I bought this machine back in 2004 or so. It was a pretty decent machine back then, but it's showing its age now: 370Mb of RAM, 2 hard disks with 80Gb and 120Gb (I don't think the other specs are relevant, but just let me know if I'm wrong). In a fit of insanity, I decided to install Gentoo on it. Don't get me wrong: I love certain things about Gentoo. But the constant fiddling that's required, while it can be fun at first, gets old kinda quick.
So various and sundry things have been going wrong with it here and there (CD-ROM, sound card, etc ad infinitum), and, finally, it wouldn't even load X any more (almost certainly some final Gentoo update which broke something) and I said "screw it, I'll just put Fedora on it." This is what I use at work, and plus I have a good friend who has far more patience with admin stuff than I do and Fedora is what he knows. So, last night, I pick up an FC12 CD that I have lying around and decide to finally just reinstall the whole thing. I went so far as to buy myself a Passport USB drive, 319Gb, and have been backing up up all my stuff very regularly to that drive. I go through one final cycle of backing up and verifying before I start the reinstall.
So my drive is solid, and contains everything I could possibly need (and probably quite a bit of stuff I don't). After booting into FC12, I used Palimpsest to explore the partitions on the existing hard disks. Not sure which was which, I mounted the Passport, where I have cleverly saved a copy of my fstab. Using this, I can see which of my partitions were /boot, /, /home, etc. Most of my personal data has been put into separate partitions so that I could reinstall without blowing away the data. I hope that I can do that there, but, if I can't, no matter: I have a backup. I find some bits of empty space and delete a few of the partitions and recreate them, consolidating the empty space. Still confident in my backup, of course.
So I run Anaconda. Nothing happens. Eventually, I figure out that it won't run the graphical interface because I don't have enough memory. I can use the text version, no biggie. It gets to the part about the disks. I tell it which hard disk to install itself onto. For some reason I think it's going to pop up and ask me about the existing partitions and whether I want to keep them or rewrite them (maybe that's a previous version of Anaconda? or a different installer altogether, who can remember). It does not. It babbles something at me about LVM (which I've personally never really used before), and then promptly locks up. Obviously standard Fedora on a low-RAM machine like this is doomed to failure.
I poke around on the Internet, and I eventually stumble on the Fedora "spins" and select FC13/LXDE. Hopefully this will have better luck. Reboot with the new CD, take a look at my hard disks. It has completely overwritten the old partitions, replacing them with LVM partitions. But not a big deal: I have a backup. Take a look at the Passport. Its ext2 filesys has also been replaced with an LVM partition. Proceed to beat head against wall. So, obviously what happened is, since I (foolishly) had the backup drive mounted at the time I ran Anaconda, it assumed I wanted it to take over that drive as well, and just formatted everything it could lay hands on as LVM. It certainly never asked me my opinion on the matter.
But, fine, I shouldn't have had it mounted. The question is, what do I do now? My first, panicked instinct, was to just set the partition type back to 83 (I believe LVM is 8E), which I did (using cfdisk). That might have made it worse; I dunno. But I'm pretty sure I haven't written anything else to the disk since then. I've tried testdisk (nothing useful; although it can seemingly find the underlying deleted partition, it won't actually do anything with it), and a bevvy of Windows Linux recovery programs (Stellar Phoenix, DiskInternals, Raise, and R-Linux), all of which were completely useless except for R-Linux, which scanned the disk for eight hours and was still going when I had to interrupt it (I may come back to that one, but so far it doesn't look too promising).
My primary problem is that I can't make an image of the disk because this little Passport is the biggest hard drive in the house. I would certainly feel better if I could image everything off it and then play with the image. But, of course, it doesn't matter that very little of that 319Gb was actually being used: I still need 319Gb worth of space to make an image. I ordered another (larger) Passport, which should be here Wed. Once I have that I believe I can do something like so: Code: dd ifs=/dev/sdX ofs=/mnt/bigpassport/smallpassport.img bs=512 Right? Then I can muck about with that image in some amount of safety.
Of course, I also have the original hard drives, which are not so large. testdisk can identify the original partitions on those too, but, again, won't actually do anything with them. If I could find something that would image just the partitions I care about, I could probably save those as well, but I don't have any other external hard drives with 120Gb of space free. Can I somehow take the info that testdisk is giving me about those original partitions and use dd to get only that part of the image? Are there other recovery tools I haven't considered? I have a Windows (Win7) laptop, a Linux laptop (FC10, I think), although its power cord is flaky so it's not too reliable, a smaller Mac, a really old Windows box (XP on it, I think), and this formerly-Linux box, which I can only boot off CD's at this point. There's nothing on this disk worth the 500 bux that professional data recovery would charge me, but it's worth a day or two of my life to try to get at least some of it back.
A HP Netserver LP2000r, with original SCSI controller and HP NetRaid-2M controller, 3x 36GB Ultra3 HDD in RAID5, Debian (sarge/etch), has crashed after 992 days without reboot. From all that I can see, a hardware failure, most likely with the memory. The HP Diagnostic tools cannot find any problem, but everytime I boot into Knoppix, I get between 2minutes and 2 hours of runtime, and then either a kernel oops or just a complete and sudden halt.
Well, the box has earned its money. However, there is some data on the drives that I need to recover (yes, I have beaten myself up properly about not backing up that data, don't even go there !). There are three partitions: sda1 is /, sda2 is swap and sda3 is a LVM volume with 3 logical volumes on it. As far as I can tell, the hardware defect must have been creeping in and has made a total mess of the inodes in all these partitions.
After booting into Knoppix, I can restore the volumes using pvscan, vgscan, lvscan, vgcfgrestore and vgchange. If I try and mount them: mayhem. So I try and check them, using fsck.ext3. All sorts of interesting nonsense, such as a completely empty inode 11 (the first inode) and then obviously from there on all else is pointless. I tried using debugfs, but the information on what to do with it is somewhat spurious.
P.S.: Tomorrow I will go and get myself a 16GB Flash Drive and then hopefully I will be able to dump the partitions one by one onto that drive and transfer the images onto a different computer for analysis and data recovery.
I created a partition in my hard disk for my data (documents, multimedia, etc.).How can I:Move the /home/ directory to the new partitionMake the OS (Ubuntu Linux) treat that directory as the default /home/.