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Hi y'all This might sound like a fairly stupid quesiton, but I was considering installing another distribution of linux, to try out another one. However, I have a bunch of ...
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    Considering switching distributions, will I lose all data?


    Hi y'all

    This might sound like a fairly stupid quesiton, but I was considering installing another distribution of linux, to try out another one. However, I have a bunch of data and files from this distribution that I would like to keep.

    Does installing another distribution wipe out your old partition and all the information, or how does that work? Would it leave my /home directory alone and just change everything else?

    Thanks...

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    can you please post your partition table by typing
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    fdisk /dev/hda //assuming you have a ide drive
    then
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    Code:
    Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
     
       Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hda1             1         4     32098+  de  Dell Utility
    /dev/hda2   *         5      6633  53247442+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/hda3          6634      7296   5325547+   5  Extended
    /dev/hda5          6634      6702    554211   82  Linux swap
    /dev/hda6          6703      7296   4771273+  83  Linux
    hda2 is my XP dual boot i believe. Thanks!

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    im goin to recommend you back up the files to a cd or something just because even if you find away that should save your /home directory doesnt mean that something couldnt go wrong and it would get deleted good luck
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    ok, if all your data is stored on say hda6, then you could reinstall on hda4, and just mount hda6 as home.
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    If you want to save your data you will have to back it up onto some sort of removable media. It does not appaer that you will be able to save your /home directory as it appears to be mounted on a virtual partion inside an extended partion. To avoid this in the future when doing the install create a seprate home partion when the disk partioning part of the install presents itself.
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