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Windows 7: How do I move the path C:\Windows\Users[my name] etc. to my data drive

05 May 2015   #1
Nisko

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How do I move the path C:\Windows\Users[my name] etc. to my data drive

All of my data is on a separate drive - except for C:\Windows\Users\[myname]\ etc. How do I move this path to my data drive and have all the apps that use it point to the new location? Thank you..........


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05 May 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You really don`t want to do that.
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05 May 2015   #3
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

Why not? It seems logical. Please give me a reason not to do it. It contains so much data that I believe it belongs on my data drive.
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05 May 2015   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Is this what you're looking for?

User Folders - Change Default Location

Be advised, AddRAM is right, this can cause some problems if not done properly. It's better to do this when you have a fresh install and minimal data in the User folders. You could wind up losing the data you're trying to move to the data drive.
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05 May 2015   #5
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

But why not do it? Could you explain a little better? I keep two backups and two Images of both my OS drive and data drive at all times. Shouldn't this keep me safe?
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05 May 2015   #6
sgage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
But why not do it? Could you explain a little better? I keep two backups and two Images of both my OS drive and data drive at all times. Shouldn't this keep me safe?
Why not just move your data to where you want it, instead of playing games with your /Users/(name) directory. You can tell your programs what drive/directory to use as default. That's what I do.
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05 May 2015   #7
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

And that's what I have always done too. However, there is a lot of data and settings on the Users path that I had no choice in (that I know of). It just dawned on me that I should put that data also on the data drive. What harm would that do?
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05 May 2015   #8
sgage

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
And that's what I have always done too. However, there is a lot of data and settings on the Users path that I had no choice in (that I know of). It just dawned on me that I should put that data also on the data drive. What harm would that do?
No harm whatever. Many programs default to putting stuff in (username)/Documents, or whatever, but most every program can be configured to use whatever directory you want as a default.
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05 May 2015   #9
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

OK, then how do I make the Registry point to this path?
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05 May 2015   #10
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

Late here - will pick up tomorrow morning. Thanks...........
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