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Windows 7: Moving data to second partition

17 Mar 2011   #1

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Moving data to second partition

Read a lot about having programs and os on one partition and all user data, files, etc in another partition.

In my windows 7 Home Premium, am I correct that all the non-program, os data that I want to place in the other partition will be contained in users directory? In my case, there is only one user "John", so do I need to move "John" or "Users" to the new location? Any other files?

How do I make the change as described above? Do I just create a new directory called "Users" in the root of the new partition then cut and paste the "John" folder to that directory? If I am using Microsoft Office, do I need to make any changes there?

Finally, how do I handle it if my computer is an iMac and I have Windows 7 running in a partition created by bootcamp? Does running VMWare Fusion 3.12 affect the above in any manner that I should be aware of now?

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17 Mar 2011   #2
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You can easily move any user folder that has a Location tab in Properties. That assures that the system recognizes the new location. User Folders - Change Default Location

Another way is to create new folders in the new partition and move whatever user data you want to move. Then you right click on those folders and Include them into the corresponding library. That gives you an extra set and you retain your original folders.

Advantage of the second method is that your folders do not get "polluted" with all kinds of folders that are created automatically by the system or programs (mostly in Documents). I use the second method, but see all the folders that appeared in my default documents folder in the picture below.

System files I would not move although the folders in Appdata have a location tab - but not Appdata itself.

The complications you might have because of iMac I cannot answer.

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