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Windows 7: Relocating your user account to another drive

11 Feb 2009   #1
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Relocating your user account to another drive

I prefer to keep my user account on another drive so if I had to suddenly format c: for some reason I could do so knowing that my documents etc were safe.

The last time I tried relocating the account it said the account wasnt completely synced and some of the folders like favorites had disappeared from c:\users\<account>.

Whats the best way to relocate the account and is it possible to move c:\users\<account> as a whole?


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11 Feb 2009   #2
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

It is possible to relocate a whole account to a different drive but will cause complications once you format/replace your main OS as Windows security will tend to lock it up even if you're using the exact credentials.

The most recommended way of accomplishing this task is to just relocate main folders to a different drive/partition. You can do this to the following folders;
Contacts
Desktop
Downloads
Favorites
Links
My Documents
My Music
My Pictures
My Videos
Saved Games
Searches

To move these folders to a different location, just right-click>properties>location and choose a location

After completing these steps, your files are covered and is not affected by any problems your OS might encounter.

Note: To avoid windows making duplicates of relocated folders, in Folder Options (in Control Panel), enable "Show hidden files and folders". Now when you're asked to replace files and folders, select to copy and replace all. If a single file is left, expect a duplicate. You can safely remove the duplicate folders after a restart by renaming it first then delete it. Others might be able to delete this straight off.

Let me know how this turns out for yah or if you need further information
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12 Feb 2009   #3
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, after several tries I managed to get it working, its a fidly process.
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12 Feb 2009   #4
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Would definitely be nice if I could just move the whole 'username' folder to another drive. Sending feedback.

Gary
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12 Feb 2009   #5
styggy

Windows 7 x64
 
 
The ONLY way..

The ONLY way to do this properly is to move the 'Users' folder to the second drive and create a directory junction to point to it..

There is a very good article on this here.. I've done this on several machines with Vista and 7 and it works very well..

Obvioulsy you do this at your own risk, so back it up first!!!

Alex
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12 Feb 2009   #6
NosferatuX

Windows 7 Build 7048 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Thanks, after several tries I managed to get it working, its a fidly process.
Yes, its really a bit fiddly but after you're done, you can safely mess up your system without doing harm to your files No headaches

I personally do this and have all my files located on different partitions as a rule.
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12 Feb 2009   #7
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

very good info here guys.... sticky or tut? I think this is worthy

[edit] Swarfega.... great avatar, lol.... I forget his name... just remember the act
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12 Feb 2009   #8
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Going to give this a try as it is exactly what I want.

Gary
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13 Feb 2009   #9
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
very good info here guys.... sticky or tut? I think this is worthy

[edit] Swarfega.... great avatar, lol.... I forget his name... just remember the act

Its Achmed the Dead terrorist, look him up on youtube
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13 Feb 2009   #10
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Its Achmed the Dead terrorist, look him up on youtube

lol... oh yea.... I'lll keeeeeel you! lol hahahaha
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