I woke up this morning at 4:45 to change Michaela and didn’t see the point in sleeping anymore, so I hopped on the computer.
Booted up and into a updated system. I had started the updates previous. My goal this morning was to implement my 2 HDD system/data model. First step is format my old data drive. A quick search brought me to Gparted (link). I installed and formated /dev/sdb1 to ext3. I have no plans on going back to Windows and I am not going to make it easy for myself to do it.
My Newly formatted drive mounted itself as /media/Data. I’m still very new at the file structure in linux and the lack of drive names continues to throw me for a loop. The only reason why have a clue on this is that my Android phone operates with the same file structure.
Ubuntu has a “My Documents” analog as /home/user. In this directory all the documents, videos, picture and music are store and also have handy system shortcuts. So my goal is to mount /dev/sdb1 (newly formatted) as /home. This was easy enough to do in windows (right click My Documents….properties…..Move target) but it seems to be a little more complicated in Ubuntu. I am finding out in linux, where there is a will there is a way and plenty of forums to help you.
I found this forumof another chap in my situation. Seems easy enough. I fire up gedit and add UUID=xxxx /home ext3 defaults 0 2 to /etc/fstab And reboot. And then I can’t login anymore. Stuck at login screen and nothing happens when I put my password in. The best help i can find is on yahoo answers. I opt to start over.
Quick wipe and re-install and 11 minutes later I’m back where I started the morning at. This time I get the idea to FIRST copy the contents of /home to /dev/sdb1 before I reboot. I try to copy the contents and i get an error that I don’t have permission to write to the drive. Time for more google. I learn about the chown command and a quick
sudo chown -R skyjedi:skyjedi /dev/sdb1
I own the drive now.
sudo cp /home to /dev/sdb1
After one failed attempt at manually editing /etc/fstab I opt for a gui approach.
sudo apt-get install pysdm
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak
gksu pysdm &
Point /dev/sdb1 to /home/skyjedi with pysdm
I cross my fingers and reboot. IT WORKS! Login and look at /home and it looks good. I confirm that /dev/sdb1 is mounted at /home in gparted. I start copying all my data into /home and confirm that /dev/sdb1 is taking the data and not /dev/sda1.
2 drive lifestyle continues!
That’s it for the day.