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Windows 7: configuring libraries

09 Dec 2014   #1
cwaters

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 w/SP1
 
 
configuring libraries

I'm rebuilding my Windows 7 PC. The OS will be on an SSD. The HDD will be re-formatted (NTFS, of course). I'd like to use the HDD as the location for my libraries, as well as for the location of my Downloads, Google Drive, DropBox, etc.

What's the best way to create the folder structure prior to configuring the libraries to use those folders? For instance, should I create a D:\Users folder and then, within that folder, create folders for each user account (i.e., myself and admin)? e.g., D:\Users\Chris\My Music, D:\Users\Chris\My Videos, D:\Users\Admin\My Documents, etc.

Lastly, how are permissions established for the folders on this data drive?


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09 Dec 2014   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I would suggest naming the folders slightly different than the default naming
But yes making a Target folder is pretty much a requirement,
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/595-library-set-save-folder.html

Click Start and your User name listed at the top,
Right click the My Documents folder and Properties,
This is where the Target folder comes into play,
Attachment 342611
Repeat for the other My folders.
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09 Dec 2014   #3
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I consider Libraries to be shortcuts to the actual Folders listed in C:\Users\MyLogonName\. When I right-click on Documents then click Properties, the Location tab will give me choices for moving the Folder to another location.
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09 Dec 2014   #4
cwaters

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 w/SP1
 
 

Thank you for the responses. For my prior installation, I had a D:\Users\Chris folder, with all of the My folders within it; I don't recall how they got there. I probably used the Move feature to move each folder to D:\Users\Chris. Does that retain the NTFS permissions? (My prior installation is no longer available for me to check.)
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09 Dec 2014   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Permissions are the same as if you leave them where they exist now,
If you need to you can always take ownership with this added to the right click context menu,
Take Ownership Shortcut
For a different user I would make a separate partition for that user.
I wouldn't worry about app data... and all of that crap in the user profile just deal with personal files or the default "My" folders,
Cheers.
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10 Dec 2014   #6
cwaters

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 w/SP1
 
 

Thanks. My initial thought was to simply move the \Users folder from my SSD to my HDD using the folders' Properties dialog. While researching this, however, I've come across posts on various sites (Microsoft Communities, WindowsSeven, etc.) that describe using Windows' Audit and SysPrep features to also move the \ProgramData folder to the HDD -- and to enforce these changes for future user accounts, too.

Since I'm rebuilding my system, I'm wondering if I should go the extra mile and perform these latter steps. What's your opinion?
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11 Dec 2014   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
If interested you can refer to this tutorial,
User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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