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I tried the solution given here, however it did not help.

I am running 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 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

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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