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I tried the solution given here

however, it did not help

i am running linux ubuntu from a usb flash drive, and have a usable hard drive in the computer i am constantly working on, i want the home directory and installed new software to reside on the hard drive, how do i do that?

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In what way did the other solution not help? The command given will change your home directory. –  parkydr May 28 '13 at 8:08
    
it did not help, why? –  Bruno Pereira May 28 '13 at 10:51
    
i ran the command - and nothing happened –  Lena Bru May 29 '13 at 6:25
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You are probably running a non-peristent Linux version on the USB stick. If so, you cannot make any changes to the system so even though the command you tried succesfully changed your $HOME, the changes are lost when you reboot.

The only way around this would be to create another USB drive with a persistent system.

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