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    Hi all, long time no speak, but a bit of advice would be appreciated.

    After a few hardware problems, I have just installed Linux Mint 18.3 Cinamon 64bit. Courtesy of Dave, I now have a 60GB solid state drive, so my idea was to use that for OS, and a second spinner of 250GB where I want to keep my documents.

    I was hoping to get HOME containing this drive somehow, but it appears as a separate drive, and navigating to a folder to for example save a new document is a real PITA. I had previously tried without success, so this install had the “data” drive still with documents on it (but backed up expecting it to be blanked) so it was already one continuous Ext 4 formatted space. See screenshot.

    On the previous trial I had tried dragging the various folders (Pictures, Videos etc) across, but could no do anything, other than have similar folders (Pictures, Videos etc.) over on “Data” drive with the info copied there and a PITA to navigate to.

    Surely an easy way?

    Les

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    I had better try the screenshot again. Les.

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    I’m not certain I really understand your problem. Try right-clicking on any folder you have copied to your data drive.  You should see an option to ‘make link’. Click on that, and you can now drag this ‘link to’ to wherever you want to have it. If you right-click on this link you can also rename it to whatever pleases you. You can of course delete this link if you put it in the wrong place.

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    Ed, neat idea, but no “make link” available with a right click.

    Les.

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    Oh – must be carpy Cinnamon, it is a standard feature on Mate. You will have to use the + in Cinnamon to ‘enhance’ the context menu to get it. Link

    I’m glad I use Mate – this is a totally carp way of getting at the fundamental commands!

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    Ed, got it. It still needs an extra click to get to stuff, but the “Data” drive is not always visible when doing some tasks (saving), it will save a lot of clicking. I just expected it to be “simple” from the get-go.

    When I first considered Mint, somebody here adviseded Cinamon, it tried it, it seemed easy, and generally has been. However, no sooner had I made the move, and most of the voices here said “Use Mate”. Too easy to stay as I am.

    Thanks yet again.

    Les.

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    For future reference it would have been ‘easier’ if you had just moved your ‘Home’ partition. See article.

    Unfortunately a soft-link cobble does not cover the situation where the word processor has been set up to use a specific directory. Try looking at the programs that cause problems and see if you can change the default ‘save’ directory.

     

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    Yesterday when I tried the LINK action, it all seemed to work. I shut down PC to do other stuff. Later, on restart, links were inactive. OK, maybe I did it wrong, by making link, then copying it across. So, I made a fresh link and MOVEd it. Seemed OK, but this morning, again no longer connecting to DATA drive. Following your last linked article, I think I understand why. However, a lot of steps there where a simple mistake could lead me into big trouble. I will read it a couple of times, then either “have a go”, or accept status quo.

    Les.

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    I may be getting the wrong end of the stick but here you go. The drive/partiton is set to mount at boot isn’t it? If not that could be causing issues! Often a second drive is not mounted untill you navigate to it for the first time.

    Search for disks in the menu and find mount at boot options.

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