I need your help again.
In my hard disk I have win xp, opensuse 11.1 and ubuntu 10.4. I’d like to replace 11.1 version of opensuse with the last one 11.3 without losing data and setting in other partitions.
this is my hd:
I think (but I’m not totally sure) I installed opensuse in dev/sda6 and dev/sda7…what is the right thing to do?? should I have to delete /dev/sda5 /dev/sda6 and /dev/sda7 partitions and then install opensuse 11.3 in the new free space??
First thing, you have to make sure on wich partition is installed the 11.1. Boot on the 11.1 and in console, do a
One other thing you should do with a tool like GParted is to get rid of the extra swap partition you have. You don’t need 2 swap partitions. One is enough since ubuntu and openSUSE will use the same. You’ll recover the extra space.
Once you identified your partitions, format the root partition (/) and keep (don’t format) the /home one if you don’t want to lose your programs configs and other documents.
Don’t erase any partitions before you are sure wich is wich. Do you still want to keep ubuntu? That is weird because you have 2 systems and only 3 ext partitions… You shared one partitions for the /home of ubuntu and openSUSE? Keep in mind that it is not a good thing to use the same /home partition for both systems.
You see from this that the openSUSE is installed on /dev/sda6 and your /home partition is on /dev/sda7. Write these down and fire up the 11.3 installation. At the partitions step, click on edit the partitions setup and select the right partition and set the mount point accordingly. Format the root partition but not the /home one if you want to keep your program configs.
But don’t forget, before doing this, save all your critical data, one never knows.