I want to install Debian with LXDE on partition, that already have Ubuntu 11.04 installed. I have a lot of music there, and I don't want copy it to another partition. I know that Debian installer will propt that on this partition is already linux installed, but will it remove all from my /home/ folder if I type the same username in setup? Or should I have to encrypt this folder?
migrated from askubuntu.com Jul 25 '11 at 20:28
I believe that Debian will (or may?) overwrite and effectively remove your home folder and encrypting it is not protection against it getting overwritten.
You should copy your home folder to an external hard drive if possible so you can restore it later.
Backup. Backup. Backup.
First, make sure you have backups. Accidents can happen.
The Debian installer will overwrite the partition that you select to install the system. Shrink the existing partition to make room for a new partition where you'll install Debian. In general, it's a good idea to have a partition for the system and a partition for your data.
Have you made your backup yet?
Boot from a Linux live CD or live USB, such as the Ubuntu live CD or the GParted live CD. Remove all the files outside
When you install Debian, tell it to use the free space as a partition to install the system. And tell it to mount your existing partition at
Did you test that your backup was readable and contained all the files it should?