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Windows 7: Reason NOT to move entire User profile from C to D ?

15 Mar 2018   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Reason NOT to move entire User profile from C to D ?


Anyone know of a reason NOT to move my entire C:\Users\(myusername) profile from its default location in C drive to my D drive ?

I'm talking the entire User profile.

Is there a reason NOT to do this?


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15 Mar 2018   #2

Windows 10 Workstation x64

I'd have a read through the comments on our user profile move tutorial, if there is a reason not to do it then somebody will have mentioned it - User Profile - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
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15 Mar 2018   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit


One person had an issue.

I need to free up C-drive as this is where my wife's desktop
keeps everything.

Is it ok to just move the Desktop location?
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15 Mar 2018   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

When talking about those kind of changes with system locations and other "well known" locations I like to think in the opposite way: Why you should DO it instead. Given that it's the default and everything reasonably works that way I need to find a strong reason to do otherwise and take a risk of breaking something in this way. And that would be my question, why do you want to do that in the first place?

Out of my mind, I can thing a couple of reasons of why not do so:
- Because everything works if left alone.
- You're taking a risk of something going wrong if you don't know what you do.
- You can use your own set of folders and largely ignore your profile folder altogether. Just give the necesary permissions and you're done.
- If "C" and "D" are partitions of the same physical disk, because having partitions is unnecesary management headache. Folders on a consolidated drive are a far better option for almost everything.
- You can also "move" your profile by leaving a junction at their place, without touching any setting at all.
- Some really badly made program may still have the old locations hardcoded and malfunction.
- If you've writen some scripts/shortcuts/automation/whatever that point at your profile location's absolute path, all those will break.
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16 Mar 2018   #5

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

There are other ways to save space. For one you can move folders such as music, documents, downloads, pic, etc. Two, you can check the pagefile size. You might find that you can save a lot of space since the default size is 1.5 times the amount of ram. Optimize the Paging File in Windows 7/8/8.1 You can even move it. What is pagefile.sys and can I move it? - Ask Leo! You can also follow this tutorial to free up some space. Cant cleanup system files - Windows 7 Help Forums

Here is a more comprehensive tutorial on ways to save space. 7 Ways To Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows
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16 Mar 2018   #6

Windows 7 HP 64

Since 2013, when I bought a small SSD for Windows and Linux, I have moved C:\Users to D:\Users using Kari tutorial and never had any problem. Did the same for my Win 10 disk.
User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation - Windows 7 Help Forums

As you move C:\Users to D:\Users any user created will also be under D:\Users

I can guide you and give you all the files you need.
Please give us all the hardware information.
Open disk Management and post an image of the whole screen.
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16 Mar 2018   #7

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

I have two hard drives in my computer -- one for Windows and the other for data. Here's how I have it set up:

Everything pertaining to Windows is on the C: drive, just where Windows put it. Except for one thing: my official Windows Documents folder. I have mapped that one folder to a folder on my D: drive, let's say D:\Docs. Therefore, most programs default to D:\Docs when deciding where to save my data, that is, unless I have told them specifically to use another folder.

Remapping the Documents folder is easy: Open File Explorer, right-click on the Documents folder, and choose Properties. Click the Location tab. Put D:\Docs (or whatever) in the little window, and click Apply. It will ask you if you want to move your stuff to there; I suggest you tell it No. I find it better to move it manually rather than letting Windows move it, because in that way I can decide exactly what to move and which subfolders to put it in.

Remapping the official Windows Documents folder has worked very well for me, because the only Windows stuff it relocates is the actual Documents folder, nothing else.

Using this approach has the added advantage of putting everyone's documents in that same location, because all user accounts have their official Windows Documents folders pointed to D:\Docs. For me, that is the best way to do it. Especially since my Data drive is also my shared drive; all computers in my house can access that drive, and all of them save their documents, etc., to that same drive and location. This makes backups very simple and prevents multiple copies of documents from being scattered among the various computers.

If you relocate your entire Windows user profile to another hard drive, and that drive crashes, your Windows user profile will be trashed. In my opinion, it's better to keep all of the Windows stuff on the same drive, except for your documents, MP3s, JPGs, and other personal items, which should be stored elsewhere.
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17 Mar 2018   #8

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

I have to agree with @mrjimphelps, well at least partly, I have by default moved my User folders to a data drive/partition for as long as I can remember, (so at least five minutes )

I move both the standard data folders and things such as Desktop, Searches, favourites Etc. this is all achieved using the built-in location feature.

The other personal folders that are part of the windows system such as AppData and the users folder I leave well alone, as I have over the years read of many cases when this went wrong. this may be perfectly fine with the latest OS but I still err on the cautious side

What I have done in the past, when I was re-installing far more often than now, is save a copy of all my start screen shortcuts, (the ones that show on your start screen popup) and then when I reinstall I install the applications as I need them, the fact that I click on and entry and it gives a not found error is a good reminder to install an application, it also gives me a chance to check after a month or so and remove the shortcuts that have not been used and are therefor unneeded.

This has allowed me to be up and running after an essential reinstall much more quickly than I would be if I had to rebuild and move everything I just needed to install the application essential to what I am doing and use the Locate function for the data and other locations and get on with work
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