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Windows 7: moving the partition containing "my documents"

23 Jun 2013   #1
DocDJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
moving the partition containing "my documents"

I currently have the "my documents" folder (and other folders) on a separate partition (E on a 2nd drive (drive 2). Drive 2 is failing (slowly) and I want to move E: off it, back to drive 1 with C:, but keeping it as a separate partition.

I plan to use Partition Wizard to copy the old E: to drive 1 and label it M:. Next I need to switch the drive letters for both partitions and reboot. When all is good, I can delete the old E: and hopefully be on my merry way.

It's been a LONG time since I created the E: partition, so I just wanted a sanity check. My eventual goal is to have my system partition on an SSD and everything else rotational. That way, system restores/etc. are independent of my data. I'll be replacing Drive 2 VERY soon and will move E: to it. I have another partition on Drive 2 and will do the same with it, but it is independent of the system pointers that "my documents" has built into it.

Can you tell me if my plan is OK?? Did I forget anything?


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23 Jun 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You`re overthinking it, there`s no reason to go moving folders around. Just keep the data you don`t want to loose on another partition or hard drive.

Make an image of 7 and put it on another drive and leave it at that.
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24 Jun 2013   #3
edwar

7 x64
 
 

You'll probably need a 3rd party disk management program to partition the boot drive as I don't think Windows Disk Management will allow it. But I'm not totally sure as I've always used Acronis Disk Director for this type of thing. Once you create that other partition you can copy all the files from the E drive to that newly created partition and then use Win Disk Management to reassign drive letters so it shows up as E. Once all the is don't and you reboot the My Doc folder should be accessible just like it was before.
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24 Jun 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

Create a data partition or prepare the target location for moving the User folders, then move them the same way as always using the Location tab as shown in User Folders - Change Default Location. Choose the option when offered to copy the files to the new location.
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24 Jun 2013   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

DocDJ,


If you like, you might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files actually located where you like instead. This way you will not have to worry about any potential issues that come with moving user folder locations. Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Jun 2013   #6
DocDJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

The My Documents folder and several others were moved to a new partition on another drive a long time ago. Now that drive is failing and I wanted to move THAT partition to a different drive. I just wanted a check on my process for doing that. I DO want to keep these folders on a SEPARATE partition from my system partition.

So I tried to copy the partition using Partition Wizard, but it failed (I suspect it's because of the reason the drive itself is failing), so I just copied (using Windows Explorer) all those folders to a newly created partition, swapped drive letters on the old/new partitions and re-booted. All is well.
Yes, I am already using Libraries for access to specific folders in that partition. It is a nice mechanism.
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24 Jun 2013   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

DocDJ,

In that case, yes you could also use the tutorial that Greg posted above to move the user folders to another location of your choice. It's the same way that you originally moved them, but at step 5, you would want to go to where they are currently located on the failing HDD instead to move them from.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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24 Jun 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Prudence would suggest that you first post a picture of your disk management before you create more partitions on your drive with the OS. I would hate for you to have to deal with dynamic partitions.
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24 Jun 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

Yes, post up a screenshot first of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image along with preference for how you want partitions laid out, and we will give you the steps.

Do you want a new data partition on the OS HD?
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27 Jun 2013   #10
DocDJ

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
DocDJ,

In that case, yes you could also use the tutorial that Greg posted above to move the user folders to another location of your choice. It's the same way that you originally moved them, but at step 5, you would want to go to where they are currently located on the failing HDD instead to move them from.

User Folders - Change Default Location
Thanks Brink. I'll bookmark that for future reference.
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