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Windows 7: Please help me understand the file system on my new PC

20 Jun 2015   #1
perkinw

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Please help me understand the file system on my new PC

I am in the process of migrating to a new Windows 7 computer (Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I had the data transfer done by a local computer shop, and they did a brilliant job. On my old Windows 7 computer (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit), my user data was on the C drive, but on the new computer, C is an SSD system drive and the data is on the D drive. For example, on the old machine my photos were in C:\Users\Owner\Pictures but on the new machine they are in D:\Users\John\Pictures. I vaguely understand that there is way of using symbolic links in Windows that will handle the change in location of the user profile, and all but one of my programs are able to handle the fact that my data had moved from C:\ to D:\. One program is giving me problems: Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a database program. I believe it stores hard-coded disk addresses in its tables. The database still points to files in C:\Users\Owner\Pictures, so when I open Lightroom it tells me my photos are missing.

I don't expect anyone on this forum to be able to advise me about Lightroom, but I'm hoping you can enlighten me as to how to interpret what I see in Windows Explorer on my new computer (see attachment).

As you can see, there are two folder icons labeled "John." The top "John" does not have "Properties" in its context menu, so I'm not sure what its function is. Is it a symbolic link? On my old machine, I don't remember seeing the user listed under Desktop.

The "John" under Storage (D is a regular folder, but (for some reason known only to the technician who transferred my data) it has a lock on it. Double click either one of these Johns and you see folders on the D: drive, like D:\Users\John\Pictures. The lock has me scratching my head. I am the only user on my computer, so perhaps it means that it is locked to other users. I can certainly write and edit files there.

Can someone tell me what I'm looking at? Does it make a difference which John I choose in Windows Explorer, say during a file dialog? Or are they absolutely interchangeable?




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21 Jun 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I would suggest that you not follow the info presented below until another forum member has a chance to offer alternative(s) or at least offer a sanity check on the steps.

You could test the steps below using one small folder of pictures.


If you have enough room* on the SSD, you could...

...copy the folders/files of interest
from
D:\Users\John\Pictures
to
C:\Users\Owner\Pictures
(you may need to create the folders named Owner and Pictures)
[This is temporary. The files do not stay on C:.]

...create D:\Users\John\Pictures\backup

...move the folders/files of interest
from
D:\Users\John\Pictures
to
D:\Users\John\Pictures\backup

...open Lightroom

...use Lightroom to move the folders/files to
D:\Users\John\Pictures

Doing that should update Lightroom's database.

Then do what you want with the folders/files in D:\Users\John\Pictures\backup and C:\Users\Owner\Pictures (The folders on C: named Owner and Pictures can be removed. They should be empty now.)


*If SSD space is limited, you could do the steps a few folders at a time.


edit: I'll let others try and explain your attached image
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21 Jun 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The lock just means that folder is not shared, totally normal.

Maybe the tech set it up so you have a link on D but it`s still your user folder, we have a tutorial to do that, and we advise people to do it.

You should be not storing any data on C, I would talk to the tech and have him explain what he`s done.
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21 Jun 2015   #4
perkinw

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks, AddRAM. I definitely intend to avoid using C for data.

I verified that I have full control over the "locked" folder (Properties -> Security -> Advanced). On Windows 7 Home Premium your user folder isn't listed under Desktop. Is this a feature of Windows 7 Professional?
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21 Jun 2015   #5
perkinw

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I would suggest that you not follow the info presented below until another forum member has a chance to offer alternative(s) or at least offer a sanity check on the steps.

You could test the steps below using one small folder of pictures.


If you have enough room* on the SSD, you could...

...copy the folders/files of interest
from
D:\Users\John\Pictures
to
C:\Users\Owner\Pictures
Thanks for your reply, but the goal was definitely to split programs and data onto separate drives. My OS and programs are on C and my data is on D, and I want it to stay that way.

By the way, I was able to solve the problem with Lightroom, so now everything is working just fine.
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21 Jun 2015   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The copy to C was only temporary.

The end results of those steps should have all of your data back on D.

You might want to detail how you resolved your problem with Lightroom so that others finding this thread in the future might benefit from your solution.
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22 Jun 2015   #7
gregrocker

 

Did you correctly move the User Folders - Change Default Location?

If not you can still do so in order for them to be viewed as Shell User folders even if on a different drive, which will cause most programs to see them as on C even though they are now on D.
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