I want to do a fresh install of Linux Mint 13 on my laptop, but I do not want to backup / restore my home directory because it is HUGE, and will take a long time to complete. Instead, I decided I would boot up with a live cd, delete all directories excluding the home directory, and reinstall Mint without formatting the drive.
Obviously this is dangerous so I decided to test in a virtual machine first. The installation warned that all system directories would be deleted, I clicked proceed. Then the installation halted without completing. I rebooted the live cd in compatibility mode, but the same thing happened. I also tried another iso, same thing happened. So I've been unable to test this in a vm. The setup may have said system directories, but I'm still paranoid, and googling was fruitless.
Has anyone tested this? Is it ok to take the lazy route and just reinstall, or will the setup delete the home directory and make me a sadder person?