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I am thinking of swapping to/dualbooting with Debain (on my ubuntu desktop) and I was wondering if it is possible to move my documents (music, work, images etc) over from ...
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    Data swap in a dual boot system


    I am thinking of swapping to/dualbooting with Debain (on my ubuntu desktop)
    and I was wondering if it is possible to move my documents (music, work, images etc) over from my ubuntu partition to my Debain partition (or Ubuntu) if I feel like changing to one completely again (after removing one from the hard drive).

    I am aware that Ubuntu is debian based, however Debian is, I have been told, more customisable for whatever purpose I want to use it for (A combiunation of Music creation and text editing (probably with OOo, or Abiword))

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    In theory, you could just tar and gzip your entire /home/username directory and unzip it on your Debian box.
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    I get the bit about tar and gzipping it, but how would one take it accross from one to the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntom
    I get the bit about tar and gzipping it, but how would one take it accross from one to the other?
    Well you could either mount the Ubuntu partition in Debian and copy it over that way or put it on a disc (depending on how large it is).
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    How would I mount the ubuntu partition? sorry for n00b questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntom
    How would I mount the ubuntu partition? sorry for n00b questions
    Well, first you'd need to know the name of the parition where you have Ubuntu. Usually your main harddrive is called /dev/hda and the partitions on it are numbered starting with 1. You know, it would probably be easier just to copy all your documents and such to a disc.
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