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Windows 7: Mapping AppData Folders to Different Drive ???

30 Dec 2017   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Mapping AppData Folders to Different Drive ???

I am endeavoring to re-map everything not specific to the O/S to a different drive; the O/S (and hopefully only the O/S and programs) is on one HDD and all data storage is on another HDD.

I have been following these instructions:

Move your libraries to a second drive or partition | PCWorld

I have ran into some difficulties in re-associating the AppData folders.

Thus far, I have only been working on a single user account; I will tackle the second user when I get the first one figured out.

To begin with, the center folder of the three, LocalLow some-such-or-other, does NOT have a location tab in Properties; how do I address relocating that?

Also, the top folder of the three had a ton of stuff and it would not allow the files to be relocated; I discovered most of the problem was in the "temp" folder.
There was a bunch of stuff that it will not let me move and will not allow me to delete it, saying I need Administrator permission --- I thought I was the Administrator.

Now, when I type %AppData% in the search box, it immediately takes me to my new folders on the other HDD; yet, there is still that one folder that did not have a location tab and the other pile of stuff that did not make the change.

I have searched, yet all the answers I find do not address my dilemma; how do I straighten out this mess ?

>>> On EDIT: In perusing several tutorials here, I see that remapping certain folders will then cause the target drive to be included in a system image --- which is NOT what I want; will me relocating the AppData folder cause this undesirable result ?

If so, then I will be swapping horses in the middle of the creek and undoing this mess.

Thanks for reading.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2017   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

All User data and settings are on C:\Users. You can move C:\Users to D:\Users.
I have a small SSD (128G) for windows and programs (85G) and Linux (40G) and have moved C:\Users to D:\Users where D: is a large HDD.
Most simple way to move C:\Users to D:\Users is during installation but you can also do it after installation.

Read Kari tutorial User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation - Windows 7 Help Forums

Kari has also done a tutorial on eight forum that explain how you can move C:\Users to D:\Users after installation.
User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

I have all files needed to C:\Users to D:\Users (during or after installation). If you want I can post it here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2017   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

That is some good reading, Megahertz07; thanks.

Once one has user profiles moved from C to D, will a system image then want to include D?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Dec 2017   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

Didn't understand your question. A system image can be from a partition or the entire drive. If you move C:\Users to D:\Users, you will have to make two images, one from the boot drive and other from D: drive (or partition). has all files needed to relocate during installation -

Audit is a cmd file to enter Audit mode after installation (your case). Read Kari Win 8 tutorial, option 1.2. Once in Audit mode follow the same procedures on Kari Tutorial - Win 7. Use the Files on to as you would do during Win 7 installation. You will have to create a new user that you will delete it after relocation (exit audit mode)

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2017   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post has all files needed to relocate during installation -

Thanks so much !

I managed to get things back to the default locations; so, now, with the tools and information you provided, I can address this properly.

I think I will rest my poor mixed up brain for a couple days before diving in again, though.
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