I have a laptop that only has a 32gb ssd. I have a 128gb microsd installed for extra storage. I'd like to have my os installed on the ssd, but my home folder and personal files stored on the microsd card. How do I go about doing so? Thanks!

  • in that case you will to select the microsd as /home partition. Please look at this and this, i think these will help.
    – Hasan
    Jun 16 '19 at 15:22
  • Yes, this helped, I essentially done what you said during the installation. Although this part worked flawlessly, I am now unable to encrypt my installation. Meaning, when I don't do any custom partitioning, it gives me the option to encrypt. But now I don't know how to go about doing that. Any advice?
    – Tideryius
    Jul 3 '19 at 3:42

I recently did this with a symbolic link. I didnt get rid of my ~/ or Home folder but rather mapped paths on a micro-sd card under ~/.

Here's an answer that explains it

In my case I had an micro-sd called "Extra", with a folder called "Repositories". So my command was

ln -s /media/{myprofilename}/Extra/Repositories ~/

Now I can access that folder from ~/Repositories as if it were in the HOME folder.

If you're going to user the terminal a lot, I would also set this up for bash aliases as well so if your OS gets wiped away, you can just re-apply your links and life goes on.

  • Yeah, this is a neat setup, but completely useless. I was wanting the home folder moved so I could take advantage of the extra space I had available for both file storage and freeing up space on the system partition. So just having a folder redirect me to another folder or essentially being the same folder doesn't help with this particular issue. Thanks for the info though, I appreciate it.
    – Tideryius
    Jul 3 '19 at 3:40

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