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Windows 7: How to move skype history location?

24 Aug 2015   #1
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
How to move skype history location?

I have searched around on how to move skype history but no good answers for it.

How to move chat history (main.db stored in C:\ ) to another location in E:\ and still see that history in a working Skype?

I prefer to store data (chat history) in another disk instead of C:\

Thanks


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24 Aug 2015   #2
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That route is pretty much hardcoded into Skype and always points to the current users' profile, it doesn't appears to have a way to change it.

You can trick it to save to somewhere else by replacing its folder in AppData\Roaming\Skype with a junction pointing to another drive, thus "lying" to Skype, redirecting its data access to an alternative location.
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24 Aug 2015   #3
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
That route is pretty much hardcoded into Skype and always points to the current users' profile, it doesn't appears to have a way to change it.

You can trick it to save to somewhere else by replacing its folder in AppData\Roaming\Skype with a junction pointing to another drive, thus "lying" to Skype, redirecting its data access to an alternative location.
Can you teach me how to do it? Thanks
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24 Aug 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

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25 Aug 2015   #5
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

UsernameIssues beat it to me

But in short, it should be something like this:
- Close all instances of Skype
- Move the whole folder of Skype data to another drive.
- Create a junction in the very same place pointing to the new location:
Code:
mklink /j C:\Users\<YourUserName>\AppData\Roaming\Skype E:\Whatever
At this point restarting Skype should give you all your history and settings as you left them, being read and saved to the new location.
This technique can be used to lure pretty much any program to look at different places too.
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25 Aug 2015   #6
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

After applying the mklink:

1. After applying the mklink, will the items inside the folder C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype still be at the same place C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype ?

2. Will this folder C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype still exists?

3. After applying the mklink, C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype whole folder will be moved to E:\Whatever?
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25 Aug 2015   #7
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The Roaming folder will no longer exists. It will be replaced by a junction, giving the appearance that it's there, but it's really not. Windows Explorer cannot tell the difference (it doesn't supports junctions very well) but the command prompt correctly displays them. Other than that it will behave like a normal folder that is actually saved elsewhere.
You need to move the files before creating it. Mklink doesn't moves anything on its own. The ordering of the steps I've put there is important.
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