Originally Posted by Indigo340
When you say
I presume that means there is a way to link to it from within the File Manager. I should really look into that but I presume that would only work if using the same file manager not if switching OS.
When you install say... Ubuntu you want to choose the "Something else" option and partition out a spot for /root, /home and swap ( if you want swap that is ). Root only really needs to be a max of 20GB for most users unless you plan on installing everything available in the repository which is doubtful, 2GB of swap, and the rest towards Home ( where all your user files get placed ).
It has nothing to do with the file manager, just the underlaying system. And will work across every distribution out there.
What makes it nice is you CAN install different distributions and have a single user directory across them all, example being
- /dev/sda 160GB
--- /dev/sda1 /root ( Ubuntu ) 20GB
--- /dev/sda2 /root ( Fedora ) 20GB
--- /dev/sda3 /root ( Archlinux ) 20GB
--- /dev/sda4 /home ( All ) 100GB
Now, all of your distributions will use the same home directory so now matter where you go everything is instantly available and you don't have to worry about your files being on a different partition if they were dedicated to each install.
Then if you want to reinstall, you do the same thing by choosing the "Something else" option mark your root partition to be used and formatted, and just make sure to mark the home partition as being used but not
formatted. And it will save all your user files.Edited by Shrak - 8/22/13 at 11:50am