I have Sony Vaio VGN-NW23NE Laptop and I'm using Linux Mint as my Operating System for about two years, I've currently Qiana.

I bought a new 120 GB SSD to speed up my Laptop, but I'm confused about how to use this SSD because there is so much information on internet.

I want to have a fresh install of Linux Mint on SSD where I only want to install software and my Home on HDD where I can have Data like Documents, Movies etc.

I have no partition on HDD and don't want any partition with new install.

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    … You have no partitions? That seems… unlikely.
    – HalosGhost
    Sep 13, 2014 at 17:35
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    Do you mean to say you already have your home directories for the current install on the HDD and want to reuse those for the fresh install? If so do you have /home in a separate partition (on the HDD), or is that in the root partition?
    – Anthon
    Sep 13, 2014 at 19:06
  • Yes it is the root partition.
    – Raj
    Sep 14, 2014 at 7:17

2 Answers 2


You can do it during the install process by selecting "something else" when it asks if you want to install, setup dual boot, etc.

Identify your SSD as the / partition, and some partition on your internal drive as /home. If you are re-importing a /home from another system, be very careful with the "format?" option.

You can also NOT specify anything special, just a / and swap and bootloader and then go back after first boot and set up the /home. This is handy if you are using software raid, etc. or you're re-using a /home from another system. Simply run the blkid program, get the UUID of the file system, and make an appropriate entry in /etc/fstab. Boot from a livecd, move any files you want to keep from the first boot in the current /home to the partition where /home will be, empty /home, and reboot. During the boot process, the /etc/fstab will be read, and /home will be the partition/raid device/whtever you specified.

darkstar ~ # blkid
/dev/sda1: UUID="ba64b205-aae8-4538-a2f2-a420ab9ef2f3" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="d46cf327-01"
/dev/sda5: UUID="e351dfc1-ca8c-45e6-a798-709b6bf70ef0" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="d46cf327-05"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="80b0bf23-7ba6-482d-98c5-febc1b607e7a" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="000a5f65-01"

So if I want /dev/sdb1 to be /home I would add the following to /etc/fstab

UUID=80b0bf23-7ba6-482d-98c5-febc1b607e7a    /home  ext4 errors=remount-ro 0  1

Install Mint with /home on your SSD. Identify the UUID of your /home partition on your HDD. Add the line to /etc/fstab to mount this disk on a pass later than / gets mounted.

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