As I get ready to update my system with a new MB, CPU and such, I’m looking for some advice on how best to proceed. Currently, my OS drive is an M.2 drive (1TB, PCIe 3.0 x4 NVME), but I have a PCIe 4.0 2TB M.2 drive I’m putting in my new MB.
Obviously, this drive is faster than my current drive, and I’m trying to decide if it makes more sense to use it as my OS drive and do a fresh Garuda install on it, or if it makes more sense to use it as my “data” drive and put my /home folder on it (keeping my current 1TB drive as my OS drive). Or, is there some other strategy I should be using?
Now, I’m not a Linux expert, but correct me if I’m wrong: all my installed software is NOT in my /home folder, so it makes sense to me to have my OS drive be the largest and fastest drive in my system, right? If so, then I should use the PCIe 4.0 drive.
If I do use that drive, is it better to just do a fresh install, or should I clone my old drive (I’m thinking the former is better). Cloning is probably easier, as a fresh install will mean I have to also reinstall all my other software too. Are my settings for all my software in my /home directory? What about Steam files - will I retain all my game settings and such in my Steam library?
I want to avoid having to “re-do” all my system settings and software settings, something I expect to have to do if I do a fresh install - advice? Obviously, I should backup my system before doing anything, but if I decide to do a fresh install on the new drive, my old drive is still intact to use if needed.
Any advice on these questions/concerns is greatly appreciated. I just want to say also, I recently (~1 yr ago) came back to Linux after about 7 years on Windows, and so far my experience with Garuda has been very very positive, despite my lack of Linux skills. Thanks to the Garuda team for putting this distro together - I’m very happy with my switch back.