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Windows 7: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

27 Jan 2012   #260
bubblebobble

Win 7 premium x64
 
 

ok thanks.

so there is no way to choose another folder for users profiles different from X\Users...?
(eg X:\MyPc2012\Users)

Neither with the manual method of this tutorial:
User Profile - Change Default Location
?


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27 Jan 2012   #261
Kari

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The manual method maybe, I have to be honest and tell I have never tried. With sysprep I have never succeeded.
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30 Jan 2012   #262
SHPWin7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
No, no need to create folders. Sysprep takes care of that. Folder names must be Users and ProgramData.

Kari
FWIW: I followed Kari's advice and did not try to have Sysprep move my Users/ProgramData folders during the Windows 7 installation to the same partition that holds my Vista Users folders.

Instead, I used a disk utility and cleaned up the drive that holds Vista (it has the OS on one partition ("c:") and my Users folders on another ("d:")). I created two additional partitions: a primary partition named "Windows 7" for the OS (with no drive letter assigned) and a logical (extended) partition named "Seven Data" which I assigned letter "e:".

I then followed Kari's standard tutorial and installed Windows 7 to the new primary partition. Obviously, when I got to the Sysprep stage, I edited the "relocate.xml" script to place the Users/ProgramData folders on partition "e:". Everything went very smoothly and I now have a dual boot system with Vista 32 bit and W7 64 bit.

As others have noted elsewhere, when you're booted into W7, W7 automatically assigns the W7 OS partition letter c and assigns Vista OS partition a different letter. Similarly, when you're booted into Vista, the Vista OS is "c:". (In my case, when I'm in Vista, it does not list the Windows 7 OS because I did not give it a letter.)

I do not know whether there is some way to put both the Vista folders and the W7 folders on the same partition. OTOH, I don't know why you'd need to. Insofar as you can put the folders on a logical partition (and there's no limit to how many of those you can have) it probably makes sense to keep everything separate.

Good luck.
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30 Jan 2012   #263
Kari

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Good to know it worked for you, SHPWin7. Thanks for reporting back.

Kari
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30 Jan 2012   #264
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You could also do this inside the Autounattend.xml file

-<FolderLocations> <ProfilesDirectory>D:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
<ProgramData>D:\ProgramData</ProgramData>
</FolderLocations>

but you would need to download Windows AIK for windows 7 here Download: Windows® AIK for Windows® 7 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
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04 Feb 2012   #265
Melting Point

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, I've been thinking about setting up my new system using this install method, but I have 1 small question before I do. Suppose I follow all the instructions, and successfully get windows running on my SSD, with the user profiles folders on my Raided 1.5TB Caviar Blacks. What would happen if the raided drives fail? I'm setting them up as RAID 0, so if either drive fails, everything on them will be absent when I boot the OS. Will the machine still boot? If I replaced the failed raid drives, will I be able to easily restore them from an offline backup, set Windows to use them for the user profile folders, and get the system back to the state it was in before the failure?
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04 Feb 2012   #266
SHPWin7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melting Point View Post
Hi, I've been thinking about setting up my new system using this install method, but I have 1 small question before I do. Suppose I follow all the instructions, and successfully get windows running on my SSD, with the user profiles folders on my Raided 1.5TB Caviar Blacks. What would happen if the raided drives fail? I'm setting them up as RAID 0, so if either drive fails, everything on them will be absent when I boot the OS. Will the machine still boot? If I replaced the failed raid drives, will I be able to easily restore them from an offline backup, set Windows to use them for the user profile folders, and get the system back to the state it was in before the failure?
I would think so. I've never run RAID 0, but assume you can do an image type backup. If so, then when your "D" array fails, you should be able to install new drives, restore the image and pick right back up. Obviously, I'd recommend you test it as soon as you've done the initial install.
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04 Feb 2012   #267
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums Melting Point.
Yes you could still boot since the OS will be on the SSD. I'm not too familiar with RAIDs, but I understand the Mirroring one not only will provide protection if one drive fails, it is still faster than a single HDD becuase it will read from ech drive in the array.

That said, I would think there is no real-world benefit having an array with a SSD, benchmarks may get better numbers tho.
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05 Feb 2012   #268
Melting Point

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanx Guys. I think I'll do what SHPWin7 suggested, and make an image backup of the RAID drive after install. At least that way, I should be guaranteed that it will at least boot.

Britton30, I was wondering if the OS would still boot, if the drive that contains the user profile is not longer there, and if it did, would it permanently reset the location of the user profile. Also, the RAID is for storage. 3TB of storages cost me less that a 256GB SSD. It doesn't need to be that fast.
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05 Feb 2012   #269
SHPWin7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Couple of things. First, Britton, RAID 0 is actually a bit of a misnomer. There is no "redundancy" (ie no mirroring). So, you get speed but you actually increase your data loss risk (because if one of drives go, you're screwed). That's why I've never used it. I want speed for my OS and programs and will use a smaller, faster (pricier) drive for that. For my data I'm all about protection over speed.
Melting, again, I think you'll be fine. I've restored images of my OS to a new drive and it still booted and found the D partition on another drive. I've also restored both images to a new drive and also cloned a drive split into 2 partitions per Kari and it worked.
Good luck.
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