I've had a disk crash and I'm about to replace my HDD (SAT III) on my notebook with a SSD and a HDD and I want to set up the OS (Mint 17.1) & WIN 7 Home Premium (both 64 bit) on the SSD and make them bootable and place my HOME directoy on to the HDD. I then want to restore the saved image of my boot directory and WIN 7 partitions to the SSD and my home directory to the HDD, all of which I have located on a USB HDD backup.

The partition that was causing the problem with my present HDD was the environment where MINT 17.1 was located and I don't have a satisfactory backup of that so I need to install that on to the SSD.

I have a rescue disk which amongst other things contains gparted and the necessary software to do the restores.

  • mount /external/home /home/allen – jasonwryan Apr 9 '15 at 20:46

Try man usermod of your distro.

Usually with usermod -m --home <NEW_PLACE>, the new place is set and all the content is moved.


You can mount a different partition to the /home directory. But the directory has to be empty for that. To do the mount automatically you can edit you /etc/fstab and add a new entry for this partition.

Use blkid to get the uuid of the partition you want to mount.

Add the following line to you /etc/fstab:

# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
UUID=<uuid>     /home           ext4    defaults        0       2

Copy the content of your home directory to the root of your new partition. Move the current home to a backup:

cd / && sudo mv /home /home_backup && sudo mkdir /home

At the end reboot your system.

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