Migrating /home directory from old HDD to new SSD

I’m trying to migrate my existing /home directory by remounting it from an old HDD to a new faster and larger SSD.

Yesterday I used GParted to format, label, and partition the drive. I moved over my personal files and data successfully. My two home folders are perfect mirrors of each other now. I’ve got user and group permissions already setup perfectly. Or so I thought.

I continued to setup my new SSD by leveraging this guide: Moving /home to second hdd - #2 by Aragorn The relevant part is near the end when it addresses how the fstab should look. Here is mine:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a device; this may
# be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices that works even if
# disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system>             <mount point>  <type>  <options>  <dump>  <pass>
UUID=9d0918bc-72f1-49b0-88d7-81ad74dead15 /              ext4    defaults,noatime 0 1
UUID=43E6-BF6D                            /boot/efi      vfat    umask=0077 0 2

# New UUID (human readable) for SSD :
# UUID=home2021  /home          ext4    defaults,noatime 0 2

# New UUID (hash) for SSD : 
# UUID=4ea61d4f-2919-48cc-aae4-6d268776ea4  /home          ext4    defaults,noatime 0 2

# Old UUID for HD  : 
UUID=32b67852-469a-44f2-a5fe-5f560ec72482 /home          ext4    defaults,noatime 0 2

When I uncomment the “New UUID hash for SSD” line (or even the “human readable” label one) and I reboot, Manjaro drops to a root terminal asking for the super user password. Once I login as root, I navigate to the /home/ directory and it is empty. My manually created user directory and its contents are absent. There is nothing there. So I messed this up.

I didn’t have to boot in a Live USB environment because as root user I would just open /etc/fstab and comment out the New UUID and uncomment the Old UUID. After I reboot, everything is restored.

Aside from what I have shared below, what other information could I provide to better help troubleshoot with the goal of booting Manjaro with my freshly formatted SSD to my /home/ directory?

Here is the information that GParted shows for this drive:
troubleshooting fstab and new SSD install with home mount point -Screenshot_2021-10-06_18-47-41

Here is a pastebin of my dmesg: [ 0.000000] Linux version 5.14.2-1-MANJARO (builduser@fv-az39-731) (gcc (GCC) - Pastebin.com

Here is general information about my system:

$ inxi -Fazy
  Kernel: 5.14.2-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.14-x86_64 
  root=UUID=9d0918bc-72f1-49b0-88d7-81ad74dead15 rw quiet splash apparmor=1 
  security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.22.5 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 vt: 2 
  dm: GDM 40.1 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
  Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING v: N/A 
  serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Gigabyte model: X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING-CF v: x.x serial: <filter> 
  UEFI: American Megatrends v: F2 date: 03/14/2018 
  Info: 8-Core model: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen+ 
  family: 17 (23) model-id: 8 stepping: 2 microcode: 800820D cache: L2: 4 MiB 
  flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm 
  bogomips: 102434 
  Speed: 2623 MHz min/max: 1550/3200 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 
  1: 2623 2: 2557 3: 1495 4: 1680 5: 1412 6: 1493 7: 1725 8: 1858 9: 1679 
  10: 1665 11: 1586 12: 1594 13: 3268 14: 3129 15: 1398 16: 1390 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected 
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected 
  Type: mds status: Not affected 
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected 
  Type: spec_store_bypass 
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full AMD retpoline, IBPB: conditional, STIBP: 
  disabled, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
  Device-1: AMD Navi 23 [Radeon RX 6600/6600 XT/6600M] 
  vendor: Sapphire Limited driver: amdgpu v: kernel bus-ID: 0c:00.0 
  chip-ID: 1002:73ff class-ID: 0300 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: 
  loaded: amdgpu,ati unloaded: modesetting,radeon alternate: fbdev,vesa 
  display-ID: :0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x1600 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 1016x423mm (40.0x16.7") 
  s-diag: 1101mm (43.3") 
  Monitor-1: HDMI-A-0 res: 3840x1600 hz: 60 dpi: 111 
  size: 880x370mm (34.6x14.6") diag: 955mm (37.6") 
  renderer: AMD DIMGREY_CAVEFISH (DRM 3.42.0 5.14.2-1-MANJARO LLVM 12.0.1) 
  v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.1 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: AMD Navi 21 HDMI Audio [Radeon RX 6800/6800 XT / 6900 XT] 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 0c:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:ab28 
  class-ID: 0403 
  Device-2: AMD Family 17h HD Audio vendor: Gigabyte driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus-ID: 0e:00.3 chip-ID: 1022:1457 class-ID: 0403 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.14.2-1-MANJARO running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes 
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.35 running: yes 
  Device-1: Intel I211 Gigabit Network vendor: Gigabyte driver: igb v: kernel 
  port: f000 bus-ID: 07:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:1539 class-ID: 0200 
  IF: enp7s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 3.98 TiB used: 711.17 GiB (17.4%) 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 970 EVO 250GB 
  size: 232.89 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s 
  lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 2B2QEXE7 temp: 37.9 C scheme: MBR 
  ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital 
  model: WDS200T2B0A-00SM50 size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 512 B 
  logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 20WD 
  scheme: GPT 
  ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital model: WD20EFRX-68AX9N0 
  size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 0A80 scheme: MBR 
  ID-4: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 type: USB vendor: Samsung model: Flash Drive 
  size: 119.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: SSD 
  serial: <filter> rev: 1100 scheme: MBR 
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure? 
  ID-1: / raw-size: 83.01 GiB size: 81.15 GiB (97.76%) used: 20.93 GiB (25.8%) 
  fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1 
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 1000 MiB size: 998 MiB (99.80%) 
  used: 280 KiB (0.0%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 maj-min: 259:3 
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 960.25 GiB size: 944.18 GiB (98.33%) 
  used: 690.25 GiB (73.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 
  Alert: No swap data was found. 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 61.2 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 37.0 C 
  mem: 34.0 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: amdgpu fan: 0 
  Processes: 477 Uptime: 1h 12m wakeups: 0 Memory: 62.75 GiB 
  used: 12.26 GiB (19.5%) Init: systemd v: 249 tool: systemctl Compilers: 
  gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 12.0.1 Packages: pacman: 2041 lib: 502 flatpak: 0 
  Shell: Zsh v: 5.8 running-in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.3.06 

From your screenshot, you’re missing an f at the end.

Should be:


I usually use sudo blkid to grab the UUID and copy and paste it in /etc/fstab. Easier than typing it out from gparted GUI.

Don’t forget to remove the old one too from fstab, since you don’t want to mount /home with 2 different UUIDs


Hi @realmain, thanks for the reply. You have a good eye. All that I was missing was an f at the end.

I didn’t transcribe it by hand. I copied and pasted directly. I’m not sure how I missed that final character. Strange.

Yes, with every test I was very careful to ensure to have only one of those three UUID’s uncommented at a time.

Anyways, my new SSD is now mounted to my /home directory. Everything is much faster.

Although I kinda partially messed up my data transfer so I am starting over from scratch, this time leveraging these as my guide:

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