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Windows 7: moving the 'Users' folder from c: to another drive

25 Jul 2009   #11
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

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25 Jul 2009   #12
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

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I believe this is what you want. I would make sure you backup your system before you give it a go.
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and also How to Change User Profile Default Location in Windows 7 | Windows 7 Hacker if it's a fresh install.
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Hi people

I have done the steps explained above. All works ok apart from various little problems that I have notice every now and then. For example, if I go to Devices and Printers, the page stays blank and seems to continue to load forever. My programs also have a tendancy to become more unstable and crash more often.

Have anyone else noticed things like these ?
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Please don't hack the registry if you are not completely sure what you are doing, and NEVER EVER do it as admin for an enterprise.

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25 Jul 2009   #13
Meyithi

Win 7 7201 x64
 
 

I'm pretty sure a Symbolic Link would work, my Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders are on a seperate drive to Windows on my box with no complaints at all.

NTFS symbolic link - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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25 Jul 2009   #14
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

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I'm pretty sure a Symbolic Link would work, my Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders are on a seperate drive to Windows on my box with no complaints at all.

NTFS symbolic link - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
no need for that, you just change the environment variables to point to your program files folders.
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26 Jul 2009   #15
DJG

 

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use this panel:
Unfortunately I can only delete mine, not copy to.
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26 Jul 2009   #16
doakh

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Would it be easier and less risky to add your data/document locations to the 'Libraries' and make them the default location? This is what I did. I do not have any thing in the C:/Users/ locations.
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27 Jul 2009   #17
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

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Would it be easier and less risky to add your data/document locations to the 'Libraries' and make them the default location? This is what I did. I do not have any thing in the C:/Users/ locations.
Exactly my thoughts. Well done Junior Member
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27 Jul 2009   #18
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

hmm
actually i have done this (actually did this for the beta) and it does work but dont move any other accounts (such as the system accounts) as this sometimes upsets updates...
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29 Jul 2009   #19
geometrikal

Windows 7
 
 

On my old vista install I had a few directories from my user directory (Documents etc) moved onto another partition with the change location settings in the "Documents" etc properties dialog.

This worked well except some programs didn't obey the new setting and still stored stuff in the old Douments folder location, creating a new folder in the process. I got around this my making a symbolic link from the old Douments location to the new one and hiding it ...

Now I see that the easier way would be to move the entire Users directory to the separate partion and make a new symbolic link to it in the old location.

eg:

cd c:\
xcopy c:\Users\*.* d:\Users /e /i /h
rmdir /s c:\Users
mklink /d Users d:\Users

But before I go ahead and wreck my computer... I just deleted the My Documents folder before and had a hard time getting it back - I had to create a new folder called Documents and then use restore ... has anyone done this and does it work? Have I used the right switches to make sure everything is copied over?
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29 Jul 2009   #20
RootAdmin

Null
 
 

copy everything to the 2nd hd, and mount the hd's partition as the users folder using the disk management tool
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