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Windows 7: C:\Users Junction to other Disc, cannot login anymore

09 Jun 2011   #11

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

I'd just to a repair install and redo the symlinks again.

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10 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

In that case it would be easier to just re(pair)-install and (re)configure the applications whoms Settings are missing... which as it seems will be unavoidable
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10 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

Is your AppData folder still there? It is hidden by default. That is where your app settings are stored. If the symlink is recreated successfully, it should just pick up the settings from that folder again... no?
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13 Jul 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Any good/bad news?
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13 Jul 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

It was a month ago, who cares?
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13 Jul 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Well, me for one, Mac
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09 Sep 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Hi... I'm new to the forum, been using windows since ver 3.11.

Now I'm just trying to keep track of all my files, programs and other data.

I also just made the jump to a SSD drive that I'm running in an older PC, which has improved it quite a bit, but now that I'm installing a new Windows 7 OS on the PC I'd like to keep the SSD clean for just the OS, and maybe a few other files that can benefit from SSD speed.

I'm aware that moving the programs and users files to another drive can cause an issue at some point as mentioned here, BUT is a there a hybrid approach (like leaving the ADMINISTRATOR account on the SSD) that entails moving ONLY some user accounts to a larger drive. I can't emagine that the admin account will grow larger if I'm using my own user account(s) for all the data, media, music, docs and other items so it could remain on the SSD. That way if my user links were severed or my SSD loaded a bit to fast for the HDD one day that the system will have the admin and default accounts and hopefully won't go crazy since it can use one of those to startup. It also won't leave me locked out of the system or attempt to recreate new default accounts.

So my question is can I redirect or link just inside the USERS folder not the whole folder itself and thus avoid problems down the road? Since my SSD is only 60GB, and almost half full now with clean OS and OFFICE. I would just relocate users as required, for example the account "Student".

What about doing these links as a safer alternative:

robocopy "C:\Users\Student" "F:\Users\Student" /COPYALL /MIR /XJ
robocopy "C:\Program Files" "F:\Program Files" /COPYALL /MIR /XJ
robocopy "C:\Program Files (x86)" "F:\Program Files (x86)" /COPYALL /MIR /XJ
robocopy "C:\ProgramData" "F:\ProgramData" /COPYALL /MIR /XJ

rmdir "C:\Users\Student" /S /Q
rmdir "C:\Program Files" /S /Q
rmdir "C:\Program Files (x86)" /S /Q
rmdir "C:\ProgramData" /S /Q

mklink "C:\Users\Student" "F:\Users\Student" /J
mklink "C:\Program Files" "F:\Program Files" /J
mklink "C:\Program Files (x86)" "F:\Program Files (x86)" /J
mklink "C:\ProgramData" "F:\ProgramData" /J

In another post somewhere I saw a comment that the AppData account needs to be copied but from what I can see it's part of each user account folder so it will be copied anyway not sure why it was pointed out as a separte item. Maybe it's different in Vista or the non X64 version?

Any issues seen with only taking part of the accounts to a new drive and leaving the other default and admin users intact for emergency or maintenance reasons?

Did I include everything that is required when entering data at the command line level in the recovery console?

Other insights and comments?

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 C:\Users Junction to other Disc, cannot login anymore

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