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    Default Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    I have 2 HDD's
    sda (150GB SSD - Linux mint installed root directory)
    sde (1TBHDD - /home directory)

    How do I install Open SUSE 15.4 by not erasing the HOME directory on /sde.

    Any help or direction please.

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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Do you want to install openSUSE instead of Linux mint, or do you want to install it beside Linux mint (multi-boot)?

    In any case we need a real picture of those disks so please post (as root)
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    and
    Code:
    lsblk -f
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    Please in the future use CODE tags around copied/pasted computer text in a post. It is the # button in the tool bar of the post editor. When applicable copy/paste complete, that is including the prompt, the command, the output and the next prompt.

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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Quote Originally Posted by herculepirate View Post
    I have 2 HDD's
    sda (150GB SSD - Linux mint installed root directory)
    sde (1TBHDD - /home directory)

    How do I install Open SUSE 15.4 by not erasing the HOME directory on /sde.
    By choosing to install somewhere on sda, and mount an existing filesystem on sde to /home, you will be offered an opportunity to format it that is wisely not pre-selected. IOW, by default it should not even touch sde directly, merely include it in /etc/fstab on your new installation. It will write to it if you choose to have the installer create a new user, but just to setup the new user's basic home skeleton.

    Note that most openSUSE users prefer to see its peculiarly cased name spelled and cased correctly, lower case open with upper case SUSE, always, with the exception of case sensitive situations, such as URIs, email addresses and filesystem names. openSUSE, always, like you see on opensuse.org web pages.
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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmazda View Post
    Note that most openSUSE users prefer to see its peculiarly cased name spelled and cased correctly, lower case open with upper case SUSE, always, with the exception of case sensitive situations, such as URIs, email addresses and filesystem names. openSUSE, always, like you see on opensuse.org web pages.
    Note BTW that host/domain names in URLs are case independent:
    Code:
    henk@boven:~> nslookup forums.openSUSE.org
    Server:         195.121.1.34
    Address:        195.121.1.34#53
    
    Non-authoritative answer:
    forums.openSUSE.org     canonical name = login2.openSUSE.org.
    Name:   login2.openSUSE.org
    Address: 195.135.221.161
    Name:   login2.openSUSE.org
    Address: 2001:67c:2178:8::161
    
    henk@boven:~> nslookup forums.opensuse.org
    Server:         195.121.1.34
    Address:        195.121.1.34#53
    
    Non-authoritative answer:
    forums.opensuse.org     canonical name = login2.opensuse.org.
    Name:   login2.opensuse.org
    Address: 195.135.221.161
    Name:   login2.opensuse.org
    Address: 2001:67c:2178:8::161
    
    henk@boven:~>
    And when I type Forums.openSUSE.org in the address bar of Firefox, it connects correct (and then shows https://forums.opensuse.org/ in the address bar )

    But you are correct. I also think that people should use the correct spelling which they can see on almost each and every web page provide by the openSUSE community.
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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    when I type Forums.openSUSE.org in the address bar of Firefox, it connects correct (and then shows https://forums.opensuse.org/ in the address bar )
    I did write URI, not URL. They aren't identical twins. When I enter file:///home/Downloads/NeweggOrder.jpg into the Firefox urlbar, I get a 404 response, because the file's name is neweggOrder.jpg. So, case can matter in using a web browser's urlbar, regardless what anyone calls what they see or put there.
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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmazda View Post
    I did write URI, not URL. They aren't identical twins. When I enter file:///home/Downloads/NeweggOrder.jpg into the Firefox urlbar, I get a 404 response, because the file's name is neweggOrder.jpg. So, case can matter in using a web browser's urlbar, regardless what anyone calls what they see or put there.
    Oh yes, in file names (at least when it is on Unix/Linux), it matters. I said "host/domain names".
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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Thank you @hcvv

    Here are results
    Code:
    hp@hplinuxmint:~$ fdisk -l
    fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdb: Permission denied
    fdisk: cannot open /dev/sda: Permission denied
    fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdd: Permission denied
    fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdc: Permission denied
    fdisk: cannot open /dev/sde: Permission denied
    fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdf: Permission denied
    and
    Code:
    hp@hplinuxmint:~$ lsblk -f
    NAME   FSTYPE  LABEL                            UUID                                 FSAVAIL FSUSE% MOUNTPOINT
    sda                                                                                                 
    ├─sda1 vfat                                     76E3-7437                                           
    ├─sda2                                                                                              
    ├─sda3 ntfs                                     903EE87B3EE85BAA                                    
    └─sda4 ntfs                                     40501A6A501A66C6                                    
    sdb                                                                                                 
    ├─sdb1 vfat                                     F5DD-ECA9                                           
    ├─sdb2 swap                                     bbd41c1e-7d70-4f47-8441-8629b8ad075a                [SWAP]
    └─sdb3 btrfs                                    dd08cf4e-3c43-466b-88f0-d09a0714b26c  635.6G     5% /run/timeshift/backup
    sdc                                                                                                 
    └─sdc1 ntfs    Data4TB                          0E5DDE184BFA6774                                    
    sdd                                                                                                 
    └─sdd1 btrfs                                    2771d728-c878-4b9b-82ed-76fff57099ad    1.7T     5% /run/timeshift/backup-home
    sde                                                                                                 
    └─sde1 ntfs    USER2TB                         5E12FD2412FD0237                        1.4T    25% /media/hp/USER2TB
    sdf    iso9660 openSUSE-Leap-15.4-DVD-x86_64243 2022-05-28-00-52-28-55                              
    ├─sdf1 vfat                                     8287-3151                                           
    └─sdf2 iso9660 openSUSE-Leap-15.4-DVD-x86_64243 2022-05-28-00-52-21-74

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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Quote Originally Posted by herculepirate View Post
    Code:
    hp@hplinuxmint:~$ fdisk -l
    fdisk: cannot open /dev/sdb: Permission denied
    Fdisk requires root login, or equivalent access authority (sudo, su, su -), as hcvv indicated "please post (as root)".
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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    I wanted to add that I want to overwrite the LINUX MINT installation.

    Code:
    hp@hplinuxmint:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    [sudo] password for hp:             
    Disk /dev/sdb: 698.65 GiB, 750156374016 bytes, 1465149168 sectors
    Disk model: Crucial_CT750MX3
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disklabel type: gpt
    Disk identifier: 19B7DB96-3049-4CAB-B9F3-CFF643301A1B
    
    Device        Start        End    Sectors   Size Type
    /dev/sdb1      2048     999423     997376   487M EFI System
    /dev/sdb2    999424   63500287   62500864  29.8G Linux swap
    /dev/sdb3  63500288 1465147391 1401647104 668.4G Linux filesystem
    
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 1.84 TiB, 2000398934016 bytes, 3907029168 sectors
    Disk model: SAMSUNG HD204UI 
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disklabel type: gpt
    Disk identifier: 48C2CC7F-F5DA-43CF-8107-EB6023B9FECB
    
    Device          Start        End    Sectors  Size Type
    /dev/sda1        2048     206847     204800  100M EFI System
    /dev/sda2      206848     239615      32768   16M Microsoft reserved
    /dev/sda3      239616 3905983121 3905743506  1.8T Microsoft basic data
    /dev/sda4  3905984512 3907026943    1042432  509M Windows recovery environment
    
    
    Disk /dev/sdd: 1.84 TiB, 2000398934016 bytes, 3907029168 sectors
    Disk model: SAMSUNG HD204UI 
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disklabel type: gpt
    Disk identifier: CF6ACA47-2626-4240-B73F-F5598FAA71F3
    
    Device     Start        End    Sectors  Size Type
    /dev/sdd1   2048 3907028991 3907026944  1.8T Linux filesystem
    
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 3.65 TiB, 4000787030016 bytes, 7814037168 sectors
    Disk model: WDC WD40EFRX-68W
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disklabel type: gpt
    Disk identifier: B892B3B3-0AA9-456D-9240-FFEA3D5E7EAB
    
    Device     Start        End    Sectors  Size Type
    /dev/sdc1   2048 7814035455 7814033408  3.7T Microsoft basic data
    
    
    
    
    Disk /dev/sde: 1.84 TiB, 2000365289472 bytes, 3906963456 sectors
    Disk model: My Passport 0844
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disklabel type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0xce0afacc
    
    Device     Boot Start        End    Sectors  Size Id Type
    /dev/sde1        2048 3906959359 3906957312  1.8T  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    
    
    Disk /dev/sdf: 7.51 GiB, 8053063680 bytes, 15728640 sectors
    Disk model: POLLEX 8G       
    Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disklabel type: dos
    Disk identifier: 0x7587f7c1
    
    Device     Boot Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
    /dev/sdf1        2660    9715    7056  3.5M ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)
    /dev/sdf2  *     9716 7974911 7965196  3.8G 17 Hidden HPFS/NTFS
    and
    Code:
    hp@hplinuxmint:~$ lsblk -f
    NAME   FSTYPE  LABEL                            UUID                                 FSAVAIL FSUSE% MOUNTPOINT
    sda                                                                                                 
    ├─sda1 vfat                                     76E3-7437                                           
    ├─sda2                                                                                              
    ├─sda3 ntfs                                     903EE87B3EE85BAA                                    
    └─sda4 ntfs                                     40501A6A501A66C6                                    
    sdb                                                                                                 
    ├─sdb1 vfat                                     F5DD-ECA9                                           
    ├─sdb2 swap                                     bbd41c1e-7d70-4f47-8441-8629b8ad075a                [SWAP]
    └─sdb3 btrfs                                    dd08cf4e-3c43-466b-88f0-d09a0714b26c  635.6G     5% /run/timeshift/backup
    sdc                                                                                                 
    └─sdc1 ntfs    Data4TB                          0E5DDE184BFA6774                                    
    sdd                                                                                                 
    └─sdd1 btrfs                                    2771d728-c878-4b9b-82ed-76fff57099ad    1.7T     5% /run/timeshift/backup-home
    sde                                                                                                 
    └─sde1 ntfs    USER2TB                         5E12FD2412FD0237                        1.4T    25% /media/hp/USER2TB
    sdf    iso9660 openSUSE-Leap-15.4-DVD-x86_64243 2022-05-28-00-52-28-55                              
    ├─sdf1 vfat                                     8287-3151                                           
    └─sdf2 iso9660 openSUSE-Leap-15.4-DVD-x86_64243 2022-05-28-00-52-21-74

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    Default Re: Install OPENSUSE 15.4 on existing HDD which has LINUX MINT and the keep exisiting HOME directory

    Quote Originally Posted by herculepirate View Post
    I have 2 HDD's
    sda (150GB SSD - Linux mint installed root directory)
    sde (1TBHDD - /home directory)
    This seems to conflict with post #9, which shows Windows is using a 2TB SAMSUNG HD204UI on /dev/sda; and Linux is using all of a 750GB Crucial_CT750MX3 on /dev/sdb. Furthermore, /dev/sde shows as a Windows 2GB filesystem on what appears to be an external device "Passport", neither of which would be a suitable location in their current status for /home. You need to clarify what exactly you want to go where, and your end goal(s), before anyone can be very helpful.
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