Moving user data folders to non-OS drive or partition RRS feed

  • Question

  • It would seem this to be the simplest of things to do - especially as the OS's have advanced over the years. Protect user data and keep it separate from the OS installation. With XP it was pretty straightforward using a combination of the folder properties and TweakUI

    With vista, someone made a nice post here which seemed to work well (with a limited use of Vista for me) - http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=215

    Now that I am in Windows 7 - if I google this question - eh' hem, excuse me - BING this question :) - I get 12 different answers none of which seem to have the BEST, clear cut way to do it. On my current install of 7 pro, I have two users and can't seem to get it to work quite right, especially with the 'libraries' - this post gets referenced the most - http://www.windows7home.net/how-to-move-user-data-folder-to-non-system-partition-in-windows-7vista/

    So, please, once and for all - What is the BEST, cleanest, simplest way to do this. Especially now that I've mucked around with it for a bit, I fear I'll not get it right without starting over which seems a drastic measure.

    Thanks in advance.
    Monday, February 22, 2010 12:00 PM


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  • I think it comes down to opinion, but I agree with Paul Thurrott (http://winsupersite.com and editor for Windows IT Pro magazine).  He suggests simply moving all the files to their new location, then adding those locations to be included with the user's libraries.  No registry editing or redirect nonsense -- it just works.  It's how I aggregate my content and I love it.

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    Monday, February 22, 2010 9:01 PM
  • What is the best way to move the user data folders to non-OS drive or partition depends on your use habit.


    The solution the following link you mentioned is good.



    You may also consider to change a few folders’ locations in Users folder by right clicking on the folders, clicking Properties and switching to Location tab.


    After that, you need to modify the Libraries manually.



    Arthur Li - MSFT
    Thursday, February 25, 2010 2:21 AM