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Windows 7: Installing win 7 on c and user files on another

18 Apr 2018   #1
trickyrick

win 7 pro
 
 
Installing win 7 on c and user files on another

There was a post on this forum a few years back. Instructions when installing win 7 how to install OS on one drive and user files on another. I cant find it. Does anyone know how to do this
Thanks
Rick


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18 Apr 2018   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
 
 

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18 Apr 2018   #3
Paul Black

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi trickyrick,

The tutorial above that DavidE has given you is an excellent tutorial by Kari. When I first wanted to do this that is what I used and everything went smoothly. Good luck!

I hope this helps!
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
mrjimphelps

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

If you just want to put your documents on the other drive (but not all of the other user files), there is a really easy trick for this:
  • Create a folder for your documents on the other drive.
  • Open File Explorer, right-click on the Documents system folder, and choose Properties.
  • Click on the Location tab.
  • Click Find Target, and browse to the desired drive/folder.
  • Click Apply.
I suggest that you tell Windows not to move your files there; I prefer to move these files myself, so that I have full control over what gets moved to the new location.
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
trickyrick

win 7 pro
 
 

Thanks DavidE
That looks like the same one I used a few years back.
Have a good day
Rick
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
 
 

You're welcome :)
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

All files you need are on the attachment


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4 Weeks Ago   #8
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks too David E for the tutorial. I will have to try it to get space in my old HDD inside Laptop. I can't rep you it says I must spread more around....must have been a year ago I did that and I guess I've not given out 10 other reps. The Forum has a looonnngg memory here. So thanks again verbally for posting this tutorial currently for me to discover it!

Mrjimphelps has good suggestion for me too... will read the tutorial first and decide if I should also go with this suggestion in some way too
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4 Weeks Ago   #9
mrjimphelps

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XP VM User View Post
Mrjimphelps has good suggestion for me too... will read the tutorial first and decide if I should also go with this suggestion in some way too
I first found out about this "trick" several years ago on my job -- we set up the user so that their network user folder was their "My Documents" folder. I have used it ever since, not only on the job where I have a network folder, but also at home where I have a second data drive.

At home, as I said, I have a second hard drive which is used for my data. I created a folder on this drive called "Docs". And I share this hard drive among all computers in my house; it is the data drive for all computers. On every computer, I set the target for the Documents folder to D:\Docs, and it works like a champ; just about every program I run defaults to D:\Docs as its documents folder, unless I specifically change the settings for that program. And the reason that the programs default to D:\Docs is because they look at how the Documents folder is set.

Backups are very simple when you do things this way. Ideally, you should do regular backups of your data drive (say once a week); but you don't need to back up your Windows drive except for occasionally, because it doesn't change that much; and even when it does change, it is generally easy to get it up to date after restoring a backup that is, say, six months old. (Basically, you back up your Windows drive right before and right after a major change occurs.)
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4 Weeks Ago   #10
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

You can also copy and paste your Libraries folder, it contains the sub-folders, Documents, Music, Pictures & Video.
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