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Windows 7: Change location of data folders to D drive (not entire profiles)

31 Jan 2012   #1

win7 enterprise 64
Change location of data folders to D drive (not entire profiles)

Greetings all,

I'm looking for the best method to relocate user data files to a D partition. Setting image up as a primary OS partition that houses OS, apps, and profiles, but I want to have all users data be saved in respective user specific folders on the D drive. Profile data will still be on C drive, but all data, like my docs, videos, etc will be housed on D drive.

Any advice?

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31 Jan 2012   #2
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31 Jan 2012   #3
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Alternatively make new folders for Docs, Pics, etc. on D, right click on them and 'INCLUDE' them into the corresponding libraries. Then move your data there.
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01 Feb 2012   #4

win7 enterprise 64

Guess I wasnt clear enough. This is for an image that will be deployed to multiple machines. C drive will still hold user profiles, but I only want there data folders to be redirected to respective user folders on the d drive. So all profile info, except data will be on c, all data will be on D. found lots of ways to move the entire profile to d, but don't want to do that. And I'd like to do this as a registry edit instead of manually doing it for each user (crazy impracticable for my environment)
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01 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Well, is something like replacing the folders under users/<username>/My Documents (etc) with junctions to folders on the D drive (D:\Users\<username>/My Documents (etc)) too crazy? You could also write a powershell script to do the replacement and folder creation on the D driver if you need to do it for 500 users or something...
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01 Feb 2012   #6

win7 enterprise 64

This is for a new deploy of about 30 laptops. I want to get the image all squared away before pushing them out to users. I was looking for a registry edit solution, which I've yet to really find one that works.
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03 Feb 2012   #7

win7 enterprise 64

Thanks for the feedback. Looks like the solution to my problem is editing the user shell folder locations in the registry, and I've been playing around with it, but I am having issues. I've created a new thread if anyone is interested helping out.. Many thanks!

User Shell Folder redirection only creates destkop, nothing else.
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