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Windows 7: My userís account folders, in which partition?

13 Aug 2010   #1
ACA

Windows 7
 
 
My userís account folders, in which partition?

[I am shifting this query from the "Customization" forum, as it got no answers there. I hope this is allowed; i beg your pardon if it isn't].
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My O.S. is Windows 7.
My HD has two partitions, C: and D:, the latter intended for all data, leaving the whole of C: for the system, Windows and the applications.
In the directory tree, the Windows Explorer shows my userís account (say ďNameĒ) both under C:/Users and under D:/Users. - O.K.

Now, I want all my data files to go, by default, to folders (temporary or others) under D:/User/Name.
Instead though, certain savings go to temporary folders under C:/User/Name/..., for instance files attached to e-mail messages if viewed and then saved.
How can I direct everything to D:/, by default?

Also, I tried to trim off all folders from under C:/User/Name, but then some applications failed to perform right; itís as if certain folders must stay under C:/User/Name, like ĎDesktopí or ĎFavoritesí (if ĎFavoritesí is under D:/User/Name but not under C:/User/Name, then the Favorites wont display in my browser).
Must that be so?

Thank you for any help.
ACA

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13 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64
 
 

In the properties window you've clicked on location tab. Yes?

You then press move and search for your now location, I always have a new folder waiting there with its new name. Press OK and on the location tab press Apply. You'll be asked if you want to move all the files etc., say yes and off it goes.

Desktop & Favorites I've moved the same without a problem but you can't move the C:/User/Name folder as, yes, some of your folders have to stay there. App Data for a big example.

Hope that helps.
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13 Aug 2010   #3
ACA

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, Lasie B.
But when you write "In the properties window ..." (your first line), the properties of what element?
Where must I be, in order to click on that 'Properties' tab?
I beg your pardon for being too ignorant even to be helped.
ACA
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13 Aug 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

ACA,

The majority of the folders can be moved.

As pointed out, not all. I have tried different approaches regarding moving all and so far have not been satisfied with the results.

Brink wrote an excellent tutorial on moving the folders. Let's see if I can find the link for the tutorial.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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13 Aug 2010   #5
ACA

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks a lot, Karlsnookers. That tutorial by Brink is wonderful and works perfectly. Only the "Application Data" folder cannot be moved, understandably.
Thanks again. - Solved.

And, Lasy B, if you happen to open this again, now I see where you meant I had to click on "Properties". And then it was the same process as the one in Brink's tutorial.Thank you also.

(I added to your reputation, both)
ACA
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13 Aug 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Glad to have been of assistance. Brink's tutorial is excellent.
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13 Aug 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This sounds all good. There is only one "but" - if your Windows 7 is an OEM installation, then your D partition is usually the recovery partition with limited free space. In that case I would not move anything there but create a seperate data partition instead. If, however, your Windows 7 was installed from a MS retail disk, then you do not have this problem.
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13 Aug 2010   #8
ACA

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry, whs; I don't even know what OEM means; but nice of you to point that snag out.
I had no such problem: in my laptop the recovery partition is only 13GB, with C: and D: in the 280GB range.
ACA
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13 Aug 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ACA View Post
Sorry, whs; I don't even know what OEM means; but nice of you to point that snag out.
I had no such problem: in my laptop the recovery partition is only 13GB, with C: and D: in the 280GB range.
ACA
OEM means "Other Equipment Manufacturer" - in clear, that is for systems where the OS was installed at the factory and you bought the OS bundled with the PC. Not in all cases is D the recovery partition because recently some manufacturers (I have seen it on Acers) hide the recovery partition. But in many cases, D is still the recovery partition which usually has little free space. However, if your D is bigger than 8 to 12GBs, then it is not a recovery partition and can be used for storing data. Just be aware that the system also assumes D as the default partition for file backups - which btw. leads to a lot of grief if D is a small recovery partition and people do not change this backup default..
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13 Aug 2010   #10
ACA

Windows 7
 
 

Thnak you for educating me in this respect. Thanks to that now I know that my system was OEM indeed, with a small E: recovery drive and two large C: and D: work drives.
ACA
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