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Windows 7: Trouble transferring user profiles to new SSD build

03 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 Professional
Trouble transferring user profiles to new SSD build

I completed a new build with a 64 GB SSD intended for a fresh install of Win 7.

Prior to build, backed up my HDs and completed a W.E.T. save. Two of the HDs are coming with me to the new build (including the partition with my old install of Win 7).

During the NEW install of Win7 to my SSD, I used Sysprep and audit mode to change the default user and program data location, no issues.

I then started up W.E.T. to transfer my old user profile into the new one - this is where I'm having trouble.

The size of the files I want to transfer is too big for the new SSD, and W.E.T. doesn't seem to recognize the fact that my user profiles are NOT located on the SSD, and it won't let me map drives etc, do anything.

So, is there a way around this? Or, is the best way to boot the old win7 install, run sysprep/audit to transfer user profiles to the SAME location as I have the profiles for my new install, then boot the new install and see if I can log in as my old self? Or am I just barking up the wrong tree?

I don't know at this point, any help is appreciated.

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03 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


With the trouble that it often causes WET is hardly worth the time when you can simply drag each User folder content to the new folder in Explorer. Besides, importing AppData settings is a corruption path into a fresh install.

Since you plan to hook up the old OS HD anyway, I'd copy your files over from there into new account(s) or just link them from where they are now into the related library: Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. This can be an interim solution or you may decide you like it as the way to link to User folders on another HD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64 Professional

gregrocker, thanks.

Yeah I've been looking around on the drives and what just about to come on here and post.

Basically, because I still have access to all the files, I've just been taking ownership of folders and moving over what I really need. Eventually, I'll just reformat the partition that has my old install on it after I get everything off of there that I definitely need.

And yeah, as for programs, just doing a fresh install.

Thanks again!

- Rob
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