/home partition

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I am facing the following doubt. I installed Arch time ago with a home separate partition. My issue is that I need to reinstall the system and I have not backup of my /home. A new installation should overwrite my home and leave it empty or keep my current files?. The question is because theorically keeping the data is the main purpose of having one I guess, but it happened to me before that leaved my home partition empty as new (had a back-up before, but not now). In the installation, when specifying the mounting points, selected home as /home mounting point and deleted the previous data (HowTos)