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Hi again!

I just downloaded Peppermint 5 and burned it to a CD.   I am running Peppermint 4 now, all updates current.

Will the install/upgrade trash the data and settings I have on the HD now?
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Re: Will installing Peppermint 5 over Peppermint 4 trash my stored data?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2014, 08:06:24 am »
Hi again!  I just downloaded Peppermint 5 and burned it to a CD.   I am running Peppermint 4 now, all updates current.

Will the install/upgrade trash the data and settings I have on the HD now?

Yes.  Not being a rolling release there is no clean upgrade path from version to version.  So, you'll need to backup your important data, allow the partition(s) you intend to use for P5 to be formatted and do a fresh install. 

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Hi again!  I just downloaded Peppermint 5 and burned it to a CD.   I am running Peppermint 4 now, all updates current.

Will the install/upgrade trash the data and settings I have on the HD now?

Yes.  Not being a rolling release there is no clean upgrade path from version to version.  So, you'll need to backup your important data, allow the partition(s) you intend to use for P5 to be formatted and do a fresh install. 

EDIT: You need to remove your present signature as commercial advertising is not allowed on the forum.  TIA

Thanks for the quick response!

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« Last Edit: June 26, 2014, 08:16:13 am by gclark94560 »
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Re: Will installing Peppermint 5 over Peppermint 4 trash my stored data?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2014, 08:22:56 am »
Clarification
Data stored on partitions other than root and home will not be destroyed if you use the "Something Else" install option and choose your root and home partitions.  That is, only those partitions you choose to format & install to will lose data. 
It is always best to backup that data anyway before you begin.
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Re: Will installing Peppermint 5 over Peppermint 4 trash my stored data?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 10:27:23 am »
Hi Mac,
I am new in Linux land.
Through the New Users Forum,  I received already quite some help. I just was looking for how to update Peppermint 4 to 5 and not loosing the settings of 4.
This because I would like to help a neighbour, also new to Linux in doing so.

I understand that there is a way to backUp the settings by using a backup program who does just that or which also can do that.
Could you advise a backup progam, and what should be backed Up?
Or is possible to copy the maps from 4 that are involved to another partition or USB stick and put the content back in the corresponding mapsof Peppermint 5?
If so, what maps should be copied?

Also was the question of only  choosing 'something else' install option and use and home partitions to install 5. Couls you give some more details about this?

Thank you in advance.

Jozef

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Re: Will installing Peppermint 5 over Peppermint 4 trash my stored data?
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2014, 12:24:56 pm »
OK, you're confusing things with the word "map", which I think is the problem in your other topic:
http://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,706.0.html

There is NO official way to upgrade Pepeprmint 4 to Peppermint 5

You'll need to copy off any user documents to another drive .. then do a fresh install of Peppermint 5

Theoretically if you knew what you were doing and how to dig yourself out of a hole you could change the version name in sources.list, and dist-upgrade, but that wouldn't pull in additional software such as (but not limited to) the new Peppermint Control Center which is not just a nice new feature but is critical for certain Peppermint 5 functions to work.
Doing the above would inevitably lead to problems .. which is why there's currently no direct upgrade path.

The only safe method is a clean install.
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Re: Will installing Peppermint 5 over Peppermint 4 trash my stored data?
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2014, 02:36:15 am »
Thank you for your answer.
I will do that.  8)
Can I mark this post as solved, as I did not start it in the first place?
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Re: Will installing Peppermint 5 over Peppermint 4 trash my stored data?
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2014, 08:16:38 am »
No .. only the OP can mark it solved :)
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