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Windows 7: moving "appdata" folder

19 Jun 2011   #1

moving "appdata" folder

I am trying to move the appdata folder for the user "TOM"

When i sign in as TOM, and i try to change the location of the folder, i get a warning the files are in use and the operation is cancelled.

When i sign in as an admin, the option to move the appdata for TOM is no longer available.

how do i move this data

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19 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

I suggest that you not try to move a system folder that some of your programs are using.

Is there some particular reason that you wish to move the appdata folder?

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19 Jun 2011   #3


sorry typo i am not moving appdata but i am trying to moved appdata/local

reason is...
i have a ssd drive which has my os. it is running out of space. i have a second data drive that has plenty of space.

my understanding was the "location" feature in windows 7 was the recommended (by microsoft) way to move the data folders that you use for a givin profile. and appdata/
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19 Jun 2011   #4


I wouldn't recommend moving only the appdata folder, however, here is a forum tutorial on moving your user profile, which includes the appdata folder. Follow the tut carefully, and take note of the red box warnings.

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19 Jun 2011   #5


James , thanks for the tip. I have read so many bad things about moving your user profile without doing the technique of moving the "location" of individual folders. I am a little concerned. but if people have done it and have been successful, i can try
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19 Jun 2011   #6


Actually, I would think that there would be more issues from moving them separately.

A great idea is to image your system partition first, that way, if there's an issue, 20 mins and you're back in the saddle. Here are a few recommendations:

How to perfectly clone my HD...HELP...

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If not that (although again, highly recommended as a general practice), do create a System Restore point
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21 Jun 2011   #7



I used your link User Profile - Change Default Location on how to change a user profile. i did this. created a new profile, then went to windows log in. but when i tried to log in i got

"User profile service failed the login. User profile cannot be loaded."
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22 Jun 2011   #8


sorry guys, has anyone had this warning when they try to move the default user configuratin
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22 Jun 2011   #9


in this link User Profile - Change Default Location you recommned only changing profiles directory. i found another site that also recommends changing "default" and "public" anythoughts
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22 Jun 2011   #10


James, sorry, my bad, i reattempted what you said and it worked very well.

my only remaining quesiton is about the other options. within profile list, one website suggested changing the "defaul" and "public" the new directory as well.

what is the difference
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