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Windows 7: How to change appdata/temp folder from C drive to D drive

04 Apr 2011   #11

Windows Pro 64 bit OEM


Is it safe then to delete any of the files left in both %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp and C:\Windows\TEMP ?

Thanks, I have both set to E:\TEMP and it's working great. Went to CMD and typed echo %temp% to check where the system is seeing my temp folder and sure enough after the reboot it found it no problem.

Can I set the hidden attribute to the folder TEMP with no problems? I don't want to see it now that I've got it set up..

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14 Oct 2012   #12
Max H

Windows 7 Pro 64
Relocating data folders within Users folder

A solution that has worked for me was to make a backup of the folder I needed to move (not the entire %appdata% or %User% folders). The program I used created a folder, "C:/Users/%NAME%/appdata/Roaming/%PROGRAM%", which needed to be located elsewhere to conserve space on my root drive. I tried a few hacks of my own and researched several web articles but was not comfortable with any of them.

I decided to try one last solution of my own, using the Windows hard disk utility to shrink an existing partition in order to create a new 25 GB space. Rather than assign a drive letter to this space I assigned it to a new blank folder using the same name and location as the folder my program created. This was easier to do by simply uninstalling my third party program and, after creating the new folder using assigned disk space, re-installing it. Not every program would require un-installing but this one uses an SQL database which needed to be recreated in the new space rather than be copy / pasted. I also did a similar folder creation for my Outlook Data files. Outlook did not need to be un-installed as I only needed to exit Outlook, rename the folder where the PST files were located to OutlookSAVE, create the new Outlook folder using a second 25 GB space on my hard drive, and copy / pasting the data from the saved folder to the newly created one, then moving the saved folder elsewhere for backup purposes. I realize that Outlook can create PST files anywhere on any drive in the system it is installed on. I went the drive space route for simplicity and to keep the default settings. Microsoft programs seem to like their defaults as most of us have found over the years.

Outlook fired up without a glitch as did my third party program. This was an extremely easy solution that has solved my drive space problem and something I can use for similar issues with other programs as they may come up. Thought someone might like to try this out.
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