Hi to all,
I created a squashfs file of 10GB. Put it on a 32GB usb stick. All went well up to this point.
When you say 'all went well' do you mean you were able to boot the USB stick and everything you expected was present in that live session?
I then tried to install it on my HP Laptop.
When booted it would not format the install '/' partition.
I did format it with PCC.
Then the install appeared to go smoothly. It did not create a bootable disk!!!!
So the USB booted?
Were your personal files available to you when running this session?
Which disk? ..... the one in the Laptop?
I then tried to redo the mbr from the 2012.08 1.3GB dvd iso.
No go it could not find redo-mbr.
What is the 'it'?
Are you saying that redo-mbr is not present on the LiveDVD of 2012.08?
Reinstalled 2012.08 (DVD) and all went well until I tried to find the emails....Not there.. no emails in my home folder.!!
So you did a new installation of 2012.08 ..... presumably wiping out the previous installation.
Did you format the /home partition (if using a separate partition)?
If not have you checked that partition for more than one user .... the original user and not the new one you might have created during the new install procedure?
So, having created a squashfs of 10GB installed it, installed 20112.08(DVD) and found nothing in my /home/user folder, I gave up. What has gone wrong?
So you installed your personal remaster from a LiveUSB, then installed over that, an official release from a LiveDVD
What happened to 600MB of emails? And the items in Documents and Downloads and Pictures?
Does Anyone have any ideas on what went wrong?
It seems from what you posted that you installed over the LiveUSB install using a LiveDVD official release which of course would not contain anything of yours.
None of this is making sense to me so maybe you can give a better explanation of what you did and in what sequence to make it easier to follow