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  • i want to move all my user, program, and non system primary data and files to a 2ndary hard drive so my primary hard drive is system oriented. how do i go about doing this? everytime i try the traditional method of just moving the data i get error messages and cannot move messages. i want all my libraries to be moved as well. any ideas or useful information on that

     

    system:

    os: windows 7 ultimate x86

    processor: intel p4 2.88ghz(Single core)

    RAM: 1.50 gb

    HDD: primary system hdd is 37.7gb and 2ndary non system hdd is 298gb

    board: intel desktop board d845gerg

    graphics: ATI radeon 9550 512mb

    Friday, March 26, 2010 5:08 PM

Answers

  • Moving User Folders (like Documents, Pictures etc.) is relatively easy,
    this can be done through the Location tab of the folders properties.

    Moving Program Files is virtually impossible, most programs wil not
    work
    anymore, but it is possible to create a Program Files folder on another
    drive and use this one to install programs to.



    Mamamegs - Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience - VistaBits.nl - SevenBits.nl
    • Proposed as answer by Vivian Xing Monday, March 29, 2010 6:25 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:58 AM
    Friday, March 26, 2010 6:25 PM

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  • Moving User Folders (like Documents, Pictures etc.) is relatively easy,
    this can be done through the Location tab of the folders properties.

    Moving Program Files is virtually impossible, most programs wil not
    work
    anymore, but it is possible to create a Program Files folder on another
    drive and use this one to install programs to.



    Mamamegs - Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience - VistaBits.nl - SevenBits.nl
    • Proposed as answer by Vivian Xing Monday, March 29, 2010 6:25 AM
    • Marked as answer by Vivian Xing Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:58 AM
    Friday, March 26, 2010 6:25 PM
  • User files can just be dragged/dropped, but only the files under \Users\ can be moved... you cannot move the \Users\ folder itself.  However this is not recommended and will cause instability and problems.

    You cannot move libraries, they are only "auto-searches" cleverly renamed (in fact, they're XML files that define a search).  What you should do is simply configure your libraries to put data in other places.  Settings, read-only-storage files (like program files) will still remain on the system disk.

     

     


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    Saturday, March 27, 2010 1:48 AM
  • I didnt know you could not move libraries? because i moved mine to another drive by editing the properties (removing defaults) and they worked fine. All Windows7 Libs are i thought were shortcuts to locations and also a point to index etc.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:20 PM