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Windows 7: How do I clone a System Partition onto a new Drive

09 Apr 2012   #31
tomtom185

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Point browser downloads to the data partition, choose the data partition when you Save files, in library you will see which files are falling into C: so just drag them down to D.
Alright, that sounds pretty easy actually. I guess my biggest concern would be how the programs will then find them after I move them to the D: and link them to my Documents Library.

I have a lot of programs that save preferences and data to run in their corresponding Documents folders. Moving it doesn't automatically change the path does it?


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09 Apr 2012   #32
gregrocker

 

You'll have to see how it affects your usages.

As I said I had permissioning issues which likely had to do with file path when I moved User folders to another drive, which were only remedied by moving them back and linking to Library. In this case it was Downloads, my installers refusing to run with an unfixable error. It burned me to ever moving User folders again, and I notice others here have stopped recommending it outright.
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09 Apr 2012   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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But what happens when programs automatically install their data into the default My Documents folder in the Users and it starts to clutter up the SSD?
That is the good part of this technique. You get a clear seperation of system and program generated folders on the one hand and your own folders. And there are not really a lot of those automatically generated folders. So there is nothing to worry about.

I use only this scheme as described by Greg. Moving the default location had it's problems at times.
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09 Apr 2012   #34
tomtom185

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Well, heck now you guys have me rethinking my strategy, but that's good, I like thinking! I will give these libraries a try. In my experience with windows, if there is anything that can come back and bite me in the rear, it will. So, I'd rather avoid disaster ahead of time.

It seems like moving the Users folders is a little grey so I'm going to try the libraries and see how I like them. If the default programs start taking up too much I can decide what to do then
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09 Apr 2012   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Move the folders back to the default locations. Then make new folders for Documents, Music, Pictures, etc. on your HDD partition and move your own data there. Leave the system and program generated folders in the default folders.

Then include the folders from the HDD into the corresponding libraries. Give the HDD folders slightly different names - in lieu of My Documents, call it e.g. HDD Documents (or whatever). The you can tell them apart.
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