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    Les.
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    No Lee, you arn’t getting the wrong end of the stick, just exposing my ignorance. Instead of deleting those useless links this morning, I should have navigated to the data drive, then just  closed it. I just re-made the links, shut down and they were “dead”. Opened up “Data”, closed it, and desktop links were active.

    I looked in “Discs”, but could find no “mount at boot ” options there. That would be one step better, following Ed’s link’s directions better still, but for now, that is progress.

    Thanks, Les.

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    Ok so as mentioned, search disks in the menu and open it. Select the drive in question and then select the little cogs which will show a drop down menu. You can select mount options in there. Turn the auto slider of and tick the box mount at boot.

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    Progress. It took two goes (no idea why), but here is my start up desktop, and clicking the link does the business.

    I have a lot to learn, little time left to learn it, and with too many other things to do, I gues I will just need to keep asking. I TRY not to ask the same question twice, though that is not assured. Thanks everybody.

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    If I was asked a linux question a few years back I would of probably asked if you wanted chips with it or at least “well in windows 8 you do it this way” 🙂

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    You could have still (and still could) just move home to the spinner. Copy your existing /home directory to the spinner, preserving permissions:

    cp -ra /home /spinner/

    replace spinner with the path to your spinner. (optionally you can add v to -ra for verbose copying)

    Then modify /etc/fstab to mount home to the new directory

    #Entry for /home :
    UUID=UUID /home ext4 defaults,user_xattr,noatime 0 0

    If you don’t have it formatted as ext4 you’ll need to change the type. You can get the UUID by running:

    sudo blkid

    Reboot and you should be good. To test, try renaming the original /home directory to /home.bak

    Once it’s all good, you can delete /home.bak

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    Dan, that seems a better idea. I will go away and think it thro. This really is new territory for me. Don’t want to screw things completely.

    Yes, spinner is formatted Ext 4. I managed that “all by myself”.

    “Discs” seems to “do things”, but I can now see thanks to Lee that it does a LOT of stuff.

    Les

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    I can see why you don’t want to move the whole home to the spinner, but it’ll probably make it easier. You’ll have to move the existing docs on the spinner into the new Home or you’ll be in the same boat with symlinks.

    Personally I would persist (no pun intended) with keeping the Home on the SSD and sorting out the auto mounting / link properties until it’s done your head in too much 😀

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    By copying /home to the root of /spinner (i.e. not to a directory on the spinner) bearing in mind that copy is non-destructive, and then mounting the spinner as home, any documents already on the spinner will be automatically in /home after moving.

    EDIT: Although, it is likely that there are some system /home directories in /home, and so it will be necessary to move the documents up the directory tree of new home to the user home directory.

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    All this started a few weeks ago when I had intermittent loss of picture. Various components were tried before a graphics card replacement fixed the fault. One suspect had been the 500GB spinner, so I fitted the current, known good/little used 160GB instead. Whilst doing all this I had my ancient La Cie backup spinner fail, but fortunately I had a complete install to copy away safely to another safe place.  I probably successfully reinstalled about 4 times to get to where I am right now.

    So, I could simply REINSTALL once more to my now exonerated 500GB spinner, if anybody can suggest an “easy for me” procedure.

    Cheers, Les.

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