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Windows 7: Can Users Folder Be Put on Different Drive?

09 Dec 2010   #1
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Can Users Folder Be Put on Different Drive?

I'm looking at getting a solid state HD to put Windows boot files on. 120Gb ones look 'reasonable' these days at around 150.
Although I have 4 x 500Gb at the moment, my Photos and Games are on separate drives, but my Windows drive is using around 160Gb mainly because my User folder is there with Documents, Music, etc.
Can this be relocated? If so, how?
Thanks.


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09 Dec 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Imacken,

This can help show you how to.

User Profile - Change Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Dec 2010   #3
imacken

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Shawn. Thanks again. This forum always has been a real pleasure to use.
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09 Dec 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.
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09 Dec 2010   #5
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Based on the information in this post, I was finally able to move the User folder to another drive.
This is something I've been thinking about doing for a long time.

It worked! But there is a caveat I think worth mentioning:
Some of the programs I had installed have "broken" because of this change. They are still looking for their information in the User Folder's original location- which, of course, no longer exists.

Something to think about before implementing this option.
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09 Dec 2010   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

@rap33042

Next time when reinstalling, you might want to try this: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

Because it changes the value of the environment variable %userprofiles% before even the first user account is created, changing the value from C:\Users to whatever you want to, it is 100% safe and fail-proof method to relocate user folders. All new accounts are automatically created on chosen drive, no need to repeat the procedure if you for instance have to restore system to a point before you manually moved the folders.

Kari
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09 Dec 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Based on the information in this post, I was finally able to move the User folder to another drive.
This is something I've been thinking about doing for a long time.

It worked! But there is a caveat I think worth mentioning:
Some of the programs I had installed have "broken" because of this change. They are still looking for their information in the User Folder's original location- which, of course, no longer exists.

Something to think about before implementing this option.
You may be able to uninstall and reinstall these programs, or use OPTION TWO in the tutorial to create a new user account and create new shortcuts for the programs to fix this.
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09 Dec 2010   #8
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

You are absolutely right, Kari.

I mention this only because I did it after I had a lot of programs already installed- it wasn't a W7 re-install.

It hasn't been catastrophic; only a couple of programs 'broke' and I didn't have to re-install the programs to get them to work.

Thanks for the input & link, though.
I'll certainly remember this if I ever have to re-install W7- shee! I hope I don't have to do that again anytime soon
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09 Dec 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I've added a warning in the tutorial to help.
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09 Dec 2010   #10
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

If an app looks AppData from old location and there's no way to change it, maybe as first aid you could create C:\Users\Your_User_Name\AppData again, and move the folders / files needed back to respective Local, LocalLow and Roaming subfolders?

Might just work.

Kari
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