Desktop contains entire home directory after drive replacement

Chris Green cl at
Mon Jun 19 10:15:55 CEST 2017

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 03:16:46AM -0400, brian wrote:
> This is a weird one. The drive containing my home directory was giving
> errors, so I replaced the drive and copied over the entire /home tree
> onto the new drive, then switched the mount points in /etc/fstab.
> When I rebooted with the new configuration, suddenly my desktop (XFCE
> 4.12, Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit) contains EVERY file and directory in my
> home directory (and there are a lot of them!). I have searched in vain
> for a logical pointing at the wrong place, the contents of my Desktop
> folder are exactly as expected, I simply cannot think of what went
> wrong during what should have been a routine drive replacement.
> Does anybody have any ideas, please?
Yes, you copied /home/<user> to <user>/Desktop when you did the copy!  :-)

It's very easily done.

Chris Green

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