Is it possible to upgrade Ubuntu without losing data?

Suhel October 3, 2011

I was searching on Google “Upgrade Ubuntu without losing data” and I stumbled upon this solution on Ask Ubuntu.

Now is this method correct? Can we really do it? I’m so excited about 11.10, which would be officially released shortly. Just want to know the correct method. :D

  1. Tutoriales-Ubuntu
    March 31, 2012 at 3:00 am

    yes is possible

  2. sbobet
    February 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    yeah ubuntu you can trust just install no need to delete your partition just go to default to continue. Yea 11.10 is the best light enhancement very fast.

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    November 1, 2011 at 3:10 am

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      November 1, 2011 at 3:22 am

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  4. Lights
    October 13, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I will try this.Thanks for this post.

  5. Jay
    October 13, 2011 at 3:58 am

    You have to backup your data for safety, and then upgrade.

    Ubuntu 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’ beta is available, and final verison may release shortly.

    here is a glimpse :

  6. wheeled luggage
    October 13, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Am also search Google upgrade ubuntu without losing data.Am am not getting yet. I will try this hope so it will work.Keep in touch with us.

  7. modern rugs
    October 13, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Informative post.I will try this.But i need back up.Can this provide.Thanks for sharing this post with us.Keep it up.

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  9. Jay
    October 4, 2011 at 6:06 am

    You can try it, but back up, as we are not sure..
    I am not aware of anybody doing it, except the link you gave. will tell you if i have any updates.

    I will still recommend you to get a network upgrade from using internet of a friend, so u don't have to worry about all this :)

    • Suhel
      October 4, 2011 at 6:35 am

      I will try it after 11.10 gets released and will let you know in this question post :)

      • Jay
        October 4, 2011 at 6:43 am

        Good luck ! it is releasing on 13th Oct (lucky number:)...try network upgrade ! Akhir her ek friend zaroori hota hai !

  10. Jay
    October 4, 2011 at 5:44 am

    sorry I do not notice the version,
    I am not 100% sure, and you should back up your data.
    but back up is must if you are installing from USB or cd/dvd.

    directly upgrading from servers is much more safer, and most probably will not lose data, i am not sure about added applications.
    as you can see it Upgrade is mentioned as recommended. (and not dvd/usb) when you upgrade 11.04 to 11.10make sure that your 11.04 is completely is recommended only when you have a complete successive version installed, which applies to your case. so not an issue.keep that in mind.sometimes applying old data to upgraded version can cause errors.To cut a long story short.(you can download 11.10 ISO to usb/dvd,

    for other uses in future, but dont install from them)

    go for a network upgrade

    (instructions given here, ithink will be the same for 11.04to 11.10)

    take back up for safety, but upgrade from network and not usb/cd/dvd.

    • Suhel
      October 4, 2011 at 5:49 am

      Yes, Network upgrade is the best but thats the whole point of worry for me here, Jay, my interenet connection is not too stable to install ~700mb on one shot and thats the only reason I've made this post.

  11. Jeff Fabish
    October 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Yes, you will have to create a seperate partition for your home folder, then when you install Lubuntu you will see a list of active partitions, set the "mount point" of the partition you created for your home folder as "/home" (as seen in the image attached below; credits:

    • Suhel
      October 4, 2011 at 3:34 am

      Thanks Jeff. I know the home partition method, what I was asking was a different thing. :)

      • Jay
        October 4, 2011 at 4:16 am

        @Suhel28:disqus 11.04 is realeased.
        check it out.

        according to Ubuntu, If you upgrade from 10.10 you don't have to backup your data if you are using a successive version.
        . you can smoothly upgrade you are not skipping a version.
        Eg. (Ubuntu 9.10 to 11.04)
        you can read how to upgrade from the official website.

        • Suhel
          October 4, 2011 at 5:13 am

          Hi Jay,
          Thanks for the comment, but, You miss read my question. I want to upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10 (which would be releasing shortly) I just took the link as a reference about the method of updation :)
          but as you said no backup is required does this mean my installed application (not included in fresh installation) would also remain intact ?

  12. jhpot
    October 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    There's no reason that method won't work, but I'd back up just in case. You can't be too careful.

    • Suhel
      October 4, 2011 at 3:33 am

      Thanks Justin for confirming. But will Upgrading wipe off the applications I've installed which dont come with fresh installation?

      • Jeff Fabish
        October 4, 2011 at 6:28 am

        If you're upgrading from 11.04 to 11.10 (not performing a clean install) none of your applications/documents should be removed. However, newer versions of those existing programs may be installed ontop of the older versions, if an update exists.

        • Suhel
          October 4, 2011 at 6:34 am

          I can use the alternate cd option for Upgrading right? just found out about the alternate CD thingy from Jay's Link.

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