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Windows 7: OS and Data on separate drives

25 Aug 2010   #21

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit

Hi, attached are the screenshots and some commentary.

OS and Data on separate drives-disk-management.jpg This the disks and the setup.
OS and Data on separate drives-drive-data-1.jpg This shows the drive where the data is located under users.
OS and Data on separate drives-folder-2nd-drive.jpg These are the folders and the way i list them on the Separate data drive.

Since I already have the data in the folders on the second drive, all i need to do is change the location of Windows User folders, by following the info provided by the Tutorial: User Folders- Change Default Location! Right???
OR should i go ahead and make the folders in Win 7 and just transfer the docs, music, pictures etc. into those folders. I know this seems like i am complicating matters, but To some who know how to do this, it might seem easy, but iam not(or i don't consider myself) a tech guy, i am just a user!, so Might i suggest that is might be a good idea if someone consolidate the guidance provided into a step by step sticky for this issue. Thanks to all !! Regards, BD

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25 Aug 2010   #22

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit

For Karlsnooks: You said "Use the power of Win 7 libraries to add the folders on your data drive to the appropriate library." Exactly what power are you referring too!! If i am in Libraries, can't i just right click and add another folder???
For Nahtimu, you said, "you may have to configure settings of other misc apps to point to your data drive / folders" can you be more specific.
Sorry but people assume that i know how to just zoom around within the OS!!

Regards, BD
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26 Aug 2010   #23

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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26 Aug 2010   #24

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu


You are correct - follow the tutorial to relocate your user folders to the second Drive

Moving these folders using the locate feature will also move them in the default library set-up, you can then add additional folders to libraries if you need to

Libraries are great if you have data spread all over multiple drives / locations, which is what they are designed for. The more organised you are as the user to start with the less useful the libraries become.

Certain older apps may initially look for it's files in specific places which do not follow the win7 system, you may have to change settings in these apps to point to the win7 location
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26 Aug 2010   #25
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again BD.

Once you have moved or made back-ups of anything on the "Disk 0" you want to keep, you can indeed us the method in this tutorial to do a "clean all" to the HDD for a clean slate to install to.

Surely you can understand our concern over the interchangeability of the term "drive" you used.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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26 Aug 2010   #26

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit

Gentlemen, thanks for the help. Ok, I am still a little unsure about some of the exact meaning in some of the posts from some of the people here, but I am going to give it a shot. The worst that can happen is i start all over again.
For Barefoot Kid, I understand your concern, but that's the only term i know.
Regards, BD
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26 Aug 2010   #27


I am missing something, if you re-install the OS in one partition the data on the other partition will be fine. It the data is one a completely different drive, even better! Unplug it during the installation.
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26 Aug 2010   #28


Once you finish the installation the folders like music and documents located under the C/User will have nothing.

Because the data is one your second drive!

If you want to change the path of the folder lets say Documents from its original location - C/Users/YourUserName/MY Documents.

Right click on that folder, and go to the location tab click move folder and located the location you want to change to. In your case probably- Dragon1/Users/bluedragon/My Documents.

Do the same for all the folders you want to move.

Now when you save documents they will save to that new location by default.

Hope that cleared things up!

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26 Aug 2010   #29


Any luck?
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26 Aug 2010   #30

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Vista home premium 64 bit, XP Pro 32 bit

Eldinv: I am in Japan and at work, I plan to try this, tonight. I will post the results when complete. Thanks. BD
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