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Good day guys!
 
I have this small problem about this setup.. 
 
My PC system drive has deep freeze but I want my user folder/document/app data for games to be transferred to drive D....So I tried using "mklink /j" but nothing... I tried to relocate document folder C: to document folder D: but the problem is...Whenever I will play Castlevania Lord of Shadows, mercury steam creates a new folder outside D:\documents...Can you help me with this one and can you give more hints if other softwares and games that require a little tweak like this?
 
 
 
Thank you so much!
 

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When I build a system last year, I followed instructions on a website to move the Document folders (My Pictures, Videos, Downloads, etc.) in Win & to a different HDD (other than the SD where Win 7 was installed).

The first admin account that was created and used to make this change would not be impacted but all subsequent new accounts would have their document folders location changed. So once I created the main admin account I created a second account after making the change and used the second account from then onwards. This way all my saved documents were being physically installed on the larger capacity second HD.

Unfortunately I cant find that step by step instruction (I believe it had something to do with changing the registry??)

Anyone know where I can find that instruction again. Also, is there a better way out there to accomplish this now?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Moving the Document folder (Win 7 64) to a different drive

Go to c:\users\username

Right click Documents
Click Properties
Choose the "location" tab

Should be clear from there
 

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Hi,

The HDD is partitioned with Users in "C" drive along with all system/vista files. C drive now over full. Have tried to copy User folder to "E" drive with only partial success. Would like to remove it from C altogether and move to E - in order to keep sstem and data files separate.

Any ideas much appreciated.

Many Thanks,

Simon

Answer:Re: Moving User folder from C drive to E drive Satellite L40-17U

Hi

You have just to change the path in the folder properties.
Make a right click on the folder, choose properties and there should be a option which allows you to change the patch.

Cheers

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Hello Guys.
Thank's for looking.
To keep just the OS in c drive i moved the user folder to drive E just by copy and paste!!! Not knowing what problem it going to make
After i moved windows created another user folder in c drive and started crashing,so i moved and replaced the user folder from E back to c drive .After that windows explorer started crashing often.
I tried to do system restore,unfortunately couldn't.Later i found i have another problem.
system restore says unspecified error 0x8007000
i read some articles and tried by disabling my antivirus(bit defender),started in safe mode,but didn't tried un installing bit defender completely.

Help and advise much appreciated guys.
Thank's

Answer:Window Explorer Crashes After moving user folder to E drive.

Welcome aboard.

Uninstall BitDefender completely. Use Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows.

And, run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker.

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I have an Acer Aspire Desktop with Vista 64 and 3 gigs of RAM. The hard drive (600 gigabytes) is dividede into C:\ (300 gigabytes) and D:\ Data (300 gigabytes). I do not know much about computers; I used the C: drive until it filled up and discovered that I should have been putting data into the D:\ Data drive but prevously I had no idea what the D: Data was nor what it was for. Now my C: drive is so full I cannot even defrag it. I was told by a friend that I should to move all the Data (Documents, Pictures, Music) over to the D:\Data drive and I have no idea how to do this.

I have searched the forums and come up with some methods but there is some information that I do not understand and would like clarified. I have a documents folder under Desktop\Edward\Documents and then I find a documents folder under Computer\C:\users\Edward\Documents and they both have the same files under each. Are these really separate Document folders? If they are the same and I drag one to D:\ Data disk will the other still remain on the C:\ disk? If so can I safely delete it. my C:\ disk is too full there is only 3 gigs of space left on it and it will not defrag. I have to get rid of half the stuff on it. What can I move to the D:\ Data disk besides Documents, Pictures and Music?

Someone wrote

The Documents folder is situated at C:\users\yourname\documents In the default setting dialog box you will see the current position of the documents file, i.e., c:\users\username\Documents


below t... Read more

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How do I go about moving the Windows 8 "User folder" which was pre-installed on my computer's "D" drive back to the SSD "C" drive. My attempts to install Windows 8.1 has been thwarted because the O.S is shared between the two drives apparently and refuses to install.

Answer:Moving "User" folder to C drive

It really depends on how the folders were redirected they should have used a synlink
this is for windows 7 but it's the same for 8 click here

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I use an Asus X50C laptop with Windows 7. At present everything is on C: Drive. I would like to move all documents, photos, videos, music etc. to D: Drive and arrange for future saved items to go into Drive automatically. How can I do this?
 

Answer:Moving document files C: to D: Drive

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Is it possible to move the user data folder from my boot drive to another partition?

I've only been running Windows 7 for a month or so and already my boot partition is getting full (<10% free space) and this folder contributes around 35% (13.5GB) of the used space with the AppData folder contributing the bulk of this. When I partitioned my HDD I left 40GB for the boot drive, thinking that would be plenty. All my programs (apart from graphics and soundcard related software) are installed on a separate drive and all my documents are on a separate data partition so I can't free up space by moving those things around.

If it's not possible to move this folder can anyone recommend a solution? Is it safe to resize my partitions or am I risking data loss that way?

Thanks
 

Answer:Moving User Data Folder?

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Hello everybody,

Is there a free utility program that can move Users forder from the locaton where it is originally installed to a new partition.

Thank you for your answer,
LOR

Answer:Moving User Folder in Windows 7

I've done following Kari tutorial during installation. I have a small SSD for Win + programs and Lubuntu and a HDD for data.

It also can be done after installation. Read relocate-users_w8.pdf

You have to modify the CMD commands below to meet your disk letter an win7 type. READ it carefully

http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...ysprep.cmd.txt
http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...e-w7hp.xml.txt
http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...-audit.cmd.txt
http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...e-users_w7.pdf
http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...e-users_w8.pdf

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I recently got my computer fixed and now there is only a c drive. I know how to make another partition but i dont know how to move my user folder to that other partition. I have seen many different ways including;

http://joshmouch.wordpress.com/2007/04/07/change-user-profile-folder-location-in-vista/

http://www.starkeith.net/coredump/2009/05/18/how-to-move-your-windows-user-profile-to-another-drive/

http://www.vista4beginners.com/Move-user-files-folders-to-another-partition

But i need confirmation to see if any of them work or if you know of any other ways that are better?

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It is possible to change default icons for (user name document) folder in my computer window for xp ?
i have changed the drive icons but want to change folder icon for shared document folder and user name document folder in my computer window for XP.
Any body would suggest ant thing.
thank u.
 

Answer:Changing default icons for (user name document) folder

You can custimize the icon for most other folders but not them, sorry.
 

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Alright- Firstly ,Thanks so much for the help.

Previously I asked a question pertaining to partitioning of my Hard Drive

Which Thank you I successfully did and it turned out quite well.

I'm running windows 7 x64

Now I was hoping to allocate all my files that would normally be placed in my
Users/<user> folder to one of my partitions.

I tried just changing the location of a few as a test.
Namely Videos , Pictures , Documents and Downloads.

What this did was end up creating clones of the folders that I can not access
Being the admin account and being told access is denied was always a pet peeve of mine.

Is there a way around this?

Answer:Moving User / Documents Folder Location

Hello Merr,

How did you change the location of the folders? Right click and then move?

Right click on the cloned folders and go to properties. See if you can view the Security Tab. If you can, check to see if your user account it in the list. If not, try and add it and give Full control Permissions.

Dave

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All the old files I used on the old sign in name were moved to the documents and settings folder under the C:/ drive.

But now that the computer automatically created a new ID for me is there anyway that i can go back to using the old one that was deleted and take sole possesion of that?

Because now all of my apps are dead, I have to enter in new serial codes for some applications, I get this application is now longer installed on your computer please reinstall it again.

Is it impossible to do?

It's not that big of a deal, but if there is a way I would like to try and attempt it.

It will save me the hassle of going back and redownloading every app. that I had installed.
 

Answer:User ID accidently deleted and files placed into Document and Settings folder

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Hi,
First of all: I am familiar with that my thread should have been asked in the Win 10 Forum. However, since I don't like now to sign up a new account in Win 10 Forum and also this thread is related to both systems Win 7 and Win 10, I posted my thread here.
Then,
I always prefer this partition setup:
First HDD:
- C for the OS
- D recovery partition (often hidden)
- E for personal files (so you have to move your special folders 'Documents, Pictures, Downloads etc. there and preferably your mail etc. Anything that can change on a daily basis).

- I was having Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed on C:
- In windows 7, I moved all existing user account profile folder from the default location(C:\Users) into (D\:Users) in both the Windows explorer and in the registry. by following the Brink's explanation

- By following Brink's explanation, I moved all newly created user account profile folder from the default location(C:\Users) into (D\:Users)

- I moved public user account profile folder from the default location(C:\Users) into (D\:Users)

- I was working well with this partition setup.
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- However, I have now installed a new fresh of Windows 10 Home 64-bit in-place the old Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit(in the C partition).
My question is: Can I do the same thing with the Windows 10?

Answer:moving all user account profile folder from the C:\ to another inWin10

Could anyone please reply to me?

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I want to move my User folder off of the C drive. Besides the Administer built-in I am the sole user of the computer.  I have two methods: one is symbolic links, one is mirrored links (recommended).  I was wondering what role the folder "Documents and Settings" has to do.  It seems to contain identical info as the users files, what is the point?
 
The questions are:
1.  Do I need to move both  of my User folders:one in "Users" and the other in "Documents and Settings"?
2.  Why is there a Documents and Settings folder anyway? and what is it used for?
3.  I am using a Vortex 256 GB SSD for C drive, does that fact impact the move of my User folder?
4.  Would it be easier just to mover the whole User folder instead of just mine  I am the only user of the computer. Again will I have to move the Documents and Settings corresponding files?
5.  Does the drive Users is moved to have to be a Primary Drive or can it be a Logical?
 
Anybody have any answers about the Users vs Docs and Settings folders?  Any tips on moving the users to a larger drive would be appreciated.  I run all of Adobe Creative Cloud software so Users is getting big..
 
 
Dbellas
 
 
ASUS P6T-v2, I7-950 CPU, 12 GB RAM, PNY NVIDIA Quddro 3800 GPU, Vertex 256GB SSD, 2- 1T Segate, 4GB G-TECH RAID 5 EXTERNAL, iHAS424 DVD, PIONEER BD-CD403, 2- 30" ASUS 238Q MONITOR, WINDOWS 7 x64, 
 

Answer:Moving User Folder and_or Documents and Settings?

I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish.  If you are trying to move these files to another computer why not just clone the operating system with a program like Marcium Reflect.

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Hi All

I am hoping this is a simple request. We are using SharePoint in our office and have several sites. SharePoint has an issue with over 5000 files within one site. Unfortunately we had a mishap the other day when a user dragged one folder into another and we suddenly had 8000 files in one site which then locked SharePoint and caused several problems.

Is it therefore possible to lock root folders to prevent a user from repeating this again please?

Once inside the folder we need users to be able to add, edit and delete files and folders.

Many thanks for the help.

Rich

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Several months ago I created a new user name, set it as administrator and deleted my old one. Tonight I moved the ntuser.dat file to the new user folder in C:\Users folder, while logged in with the built-in administrator log in. Upon logging back in with my new user name all my settings were lost: My desktop settings and layout, Outlook wouldn't open, etc. So, even though the old user no longer exists, when logging in it is still looking to the folder with the old user name for all settings. The old user name folder could not be renamed, deleted, or modified in any way. Does anyone know how I can migrate all the files and the ntuser.dat file over to the new user folder and point the system to that folder for settings?

I hope I was clear, feel free to ask questions, and thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Answer:Lost Settings After Moving the ntuser.dat File To The New User Folder

That file and two others are profile specific and should not be copied over.

See here: Fix a corrupted user profile

Ntuser.dat
Ntuser.dat.log
Ntuser.ini

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In Moldiman's Guide to Reinstall of Windows, he had this to say in his post of 08-Sep-2006 at 07:19 PM,

"Everyone says to make a backup copy of your critical files, which is a good idea because if you make the wrong choice (i.e., a fresh install) you do lose your documents. For this reason, I ALWAYS have two logical partitions on my main drive and I move the Documents and Settings and the My Documents to the second partition (i.e., the one without the OS. As such, there is no way that I'd ever lose any data no matter what happened to the OS. If the OS cannot be repaired, the chances are still excellent you can get to all your files on the other partition (barring a complete hard drive failure of course). I have had several instances where I could not get a drive to boot nor could I repair windows, but I could get to the files using it as a slave drive."

Great idea! I don't have two logical partitions on my main drive. However, I do have two logical drives on my second drive which I call my "Data Drive"

Can the Documents and Settings and the My Documents be moved to the Data Drive? If so, how?

If not, how can they be moved to the second partition of the main drive?

Thanx.
 

Answer:Moving "My Document" folder

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Hi,

My C Drive is fit to burst and I would like to know how to go about moving selected user folders to my D drive to free up some space. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My operating system is Vista and I am unsure if the service packs have been installed

Thanks!

Answer:Moving user folders to another drive???

hi you can drag and drop the files and folders just be carefull they are not windows,or program files.ie audio,video,text,pics should be ok

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Need the experts on this one,

I just installed a new ssd and only running windows 7 and programs on it. My old windows is still intact on another harddrive. I want to move my user profile with documents/vid/pic to the old drive because of the size, what is the easiest way to either 1) reg hack the windows to point to the old location of my user profile (keep in mind the drive letter now have changed from C to D) or 2) create a profile on D and move the old profile contents into it. I have researched around a bit but all the methods are very confusing and non-predictable.

any comments are appreaciated

thanks
 

Answer:Help Moving User Profile to a different drive

There are many ways to do this......... I would google "Windows 7 move user profile to new install". read over some of the results and decide which way is best for you. I have heard that you can just move the users folder, but there is no way that it is that easy.

Fish
 

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I'm running Windows 7. I have an external hard drive that I want to move folders to. I don't want to COPY them (as in drag & drop) but I'm sure there's a way to MOVE them.
Any help appreciated

Answer:Moving folder from one drive to another

You could right click on your folders and use the "send to" method - then when you are sure the transfer is complete delete them from your internal hard drive
OR Read Here

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Hi all,

I would like to move the Admin (default user that is set up automatically upon installation) and individual users profiles to a different HDD to get them away from the system drive. Has anyone ever done this? If so can you give me any tips. Also, are there any pitfalls and is there a down side?

It seems a sensible idea to me as it would make data back up and restoration so much more sensible in the event of a system crash, or worse, a HDD failure.

Cheers

Alan
 

Answer:Moving a user profile to a new partition or drive

I have not actually moved in XP - But have moved a lot of userprofiles in vista and windows7 which is very easy BUT I think this should do what you are after

Start button,
right-click "My Computer" and select "Properties".
System properties ->
Advanced ->
user profiles ->
settings ->
select user profile and select copy to -> choose the Drive ID letter you want to move

You MUST NOT BE logged in to the profile you want to move
Make sure you restart the PC and log into a another administrator user on the PC
So that nothing is using the profile you want to move

Please NOTE - I have not tried this myself on an XP machine

EDIT
Just found this link which also involves registry edits
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1409...settings-username-profile-off-of-the-c-drive/
 

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Hello all,

This is my first post, I am looking forward to getting involved with the community here

As the title says, I cannot log into my Windows 8 computer and I get the error message "The user profile service failed the sign in. User profile cannot be loaded"

This appears to be a common problem from the searching around I have done, however none of what I could find addressed my particular issue.

The setup I have on my desktop is a SSD boot drive with Windows and a HDD data drive. When first installing windows I followed this tutorial to move the user folder to the larger data drive. It has been working fine for nearly 2 years.

I purchased an additional SSD with the aim to setup a RAID to increase the capacity of the boot drive (need more programs!). During installation I was doing a bit of debugging work and booted up the computer without the data drive (where my user profile is) and I received the aforementioned error. After shutting down and rebooting with the original setup of drives (Boot drive and data drive) I am still getting the error.

What I can only assume is when attempting to login only using the boot drive it created a temporary user profile that it is now trying to load and is no longer pointing to the data drive even after replacing it.

Hopefully someone will be able to help me out!

Many thanks in advance ,

Josh

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So i moved my documents, pictures, videos, and music folders from my ssd to my D drive.

This is the process i followed: right click folder, click properties, click the location tab, click move, select the D drive, click ok.

What I failed to do, was create a NEW folder within the D drive (labelled either documents, pictures, videos, etc) to move the folder too. I misread the instructions, and just assumed I was putting the folder INTO the D drive, and that the folder itself would be moved to the D drive, and that I didn't need to create a folder with the same name as the folder I was moving. I hope that makes sense!

Anyway, now I have 4 separate D drives listed in my PC menu. Pretty sure underneath it all this is messing stuff up. Any help would be appreciated. Pretty concerned at this point that this is a permanent error.

Answer:Moving Folder Locations from SSD onto D Drive

Welcome to the forum.

First I would copy my data to an offline source just to be sure. Maybe you actually haven't added your data yet. Once done go to your d: drive and right click on specific folder, click on properties, you should see a "Location" tab. You should be able to click on Restore Default. If you don't see Location tab you are not on right folder.

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I purchase a small 30GB Solid State Drive just to soley run the Windows 7 OS. I understand much of the Windows files/folders, Program files, Users etc. have to stay in this drive for it to operated correctly. Any other programs I have loaded on my computer I've put on my 1 TB partitioned HD (when given the option). Is there an option to safely move some of these files/folders/programs from the C drive to another drive to free up some space on the SSD? It took no time at all for my SSD to only have 7GB left of free space. What about the Perflogs Or other programs such as windows games, DVD maker, stuff like that? For example: Trying to move the "windows games" over to my D drive where I have a programs folder setup and then deleting it from the C drive, it says I need permission for the SYSTEM to make changes. Is it even safe to do so anyway? If so, what are the files that are safe to move without compromising the functionality of the OS? And then, how to get permission from the SYSTEM? I Appreciate any insight. Thanks a bunch

-Adam
 

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I want to move the users folder from C: to D:.

i read, on another forum, that this could be done like so...
Lets imagine you have a PC with 3 accounts.
One is a plain admin account, (administrator) another is an account you have created for the move (adminmove) and the other is a boggo ussr account (user)
Shut down PC (important)
Fire up PC, log on as administrator. Run regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Change profilesdirectory to the new location. Any new users will now have their profiles go there.
go to your documents and settings folder. copy the adminmove and user folders to the new location. You will not get errors about files being locked UNLESS you have services using any of these user accounts to log on. To find out if you do go start>run>services.msc and make sure the log on as section uses no user accounts there.
Leave the S-15-18, S-15-19 and S-15-20 subkeys alone. Those profiles take up next to no space and I wouldn't risk changing them.
You will see some S-15-XX-blah subkeys. These are for the user accounts that exist on the computer. Within each key is a ProfileImagepath REG_EXPAND_SZ
Change these for all but the account you are logged on as.
Shutdown and restart the PC. Log on as adminmove.
start>run>cmd
type set and make sure the USERPROFILE shows the new location.
Move the administrator folder from documents and settings to the new location. Go into regedit again and change the pro... Read more

Answer:moving the 'Users' folder from c: to another drive

i guess you're better off creating a user folder yourself and leave the registry alone.
Just assign your folder as user default folder, leave the original intact.

You are going in at the deep end here.

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I want to move all my existing USER accounts from my C: SSD to a D: HDD. I followed the steps in "method 1" of User Profile - Change Default Location
and have run across some issues. I used my GUEST account as a test of the procedure.

Step 1: I could not find the "share with" and "none" options.
Step 8: Copying from C: users folder to the new D: users folder... some of the filenames were too long to copy, were skipped.

Followed the rest of the instructions, and logged into the GUEST account. Win7 proceeded to set up a new profile for me, with a message to the effect that it couldn't find profile info and would set up a temp profile each time logged into it. I suspect this is because of the copy issues... might have missed a critical file. Should I have used an outside-of-Win7 approach for the copy e.g. bootable Linux?

Any help is gratefully appreciated!

Answer:Problems moving existing USER profiles to another drive...

Did the out-of-Win7 copy using a Linux utility, still getting the "temp profile" message.

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User opens a document \\region-fs1.company.local\share\Public\Engineering\Part-8513\document.doc, makes some modifications, saves and completely closes the file.

User attempts to cut and paste folder Part-8513 to a folder on Desktop but receives a message saying the the folder or files are in use/currently open/locked, offering the options Try Again or Cancel.

I login to region-fs1.company.local Windows 2012 file server, go to Computer Management, and check Open Sessions under Shares filtering for the full path. I discover that there are ZERO open files or sessions to either the parent folder Part-8513 or files contained inside this directory.

User is able to move/rename/delete all files inside parent folder, but not the parent folder itself (which triggers that in use message with the Try Again and Cancel buttons to pop-up).

User tells me that this only happens when they open a document that they are unable to move or rename the parent folder after closing the document, and that this doesn't "reset" until a day later. If they don't open any document, they can freely move folders around. User has many folders he needs to open and verify documents before moving or renaming the parent folder.

Ideas? User is using a Windows 7 Professional workstation. File server runs Windows Server 2012 Standard.
 

Answer:User opens+modifies+saves+closes document, parent folder locked/"in use", no sessions

I ran into something close to this, a user would try to move folders after moving 2 or 3 she wouldn't be able to cause the files were in use, but no one was using them. I was able to fix this by checking always show icons, never thumbnails, in folder options. she never had the problem afterwards.
what I found out is this, when you click copy the thumbnail cache or thumbs.db file is created. once the always show icons, never thumbnails was checked it stopped using the thumbs.db file to cache the file. thus fixing my issue. please try that and see if that fixes your issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_thumbnail_cache
the link gives a pretty good explanation, under Centralized thumbnail cache
 

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I'm about to install a new second 120GB hard drive and want to move my 'My Documents' folder to the new drive as opposed to it being on c.Obviously I can do this easily in windows by drag 'n'n drop, but will it like it with the folder containing about 100gig of data?Is there another way I should do it?Thanks(win xp home)

Answer:Moving 100GB folder from c drive to f drive

It will do it (done similar at work across a network). However, get your knitting out or make several sequential cups of coffee.

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Ok, here is my dilema... computer has died and need the files within My documents.

Have taken the Hard drive out of an XP machine and made it a slave in another XP machine..

Have copied all the other files from the drive, but when I try to access the My Documents folder it tells me 'Access is Denied'

How do I get around this, does anyone have any ideas please..
 

Answer:Accessing My Documents folder after moving drive

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

follow instructions in the above link

joan
 

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Hi,
I have a drive that has 4 partitions and I have moved all partitions to a new larger drive and I will wipe the old drive.
Everything is fine but one of those foldesr is the System Folder of 100MB. Can I also move it ?
I have Win 10
Thanks
oz

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Just tried to move my son's (Matthew) "My Documents" folder to a new internal hard drive as have run out of space on main drive. This hasn't worked properly and I'm not sure what to do next - I don't want to make things worse. Would be grateful for advice please.I first backed up his "My Docs" folder to an external drive, then followed Microsoft's instructions (How to change the default location of the My Documents folder) which were as follows:-Click StartRight click My Documents, then click PropertiesClick Target tabIn the Target box I typed M:\Matthew\MyDocuments M being the new driveI clicked Yes to create folder, then clicked OK and the files started transferringAfter a short while, an error message appeared saying, something couldn't be moved because a program was in use (which it wasn't as far as I could tell). I clicked ok, then (I think) nothing else happened. In view of the time it took, I assumed that there had only been a partial move.I looked in the new location to see what had been moved and what the size was, as I knew his "My Docs" folder was approx 105Gb. The folder was only 8Gb with a few random folders/files in.I then explored the folder structure and looked at the size of "My Docs" from different perspectives (I can't think of the right word!) and this is what I found (I assumed that the size would be consistent).On the C (main) drive. On Start Menu - My Docs =7.88GbStart... Read more

Answer:Tried moving "My Documents" folder to another drive - failed

There was possibly some program accessing some file in the My Documents folder. You can restart your computer in safe mode and try moving again.
To start in safe mode keep pressing F8 after turning on computer till you get boot menu, then select Safe Mode and press Enter

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I'm doing an upgrade install from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7. All my applications are currently installed in the "Program Files (x86)" folder on my C drive.

I created a new partition specifically for data (Z:) where I have all my movies, music, etc. because before I image my C: drive, I want to shrink it as much as possible.

I want to know if I can copy that "Program Files (x86)" folder to my Z: and if, after I install Windows 7, I can keep the folder on the Z: and still use the applications as-is, if I have to do some editing to them, or if i have to reinstall them all.

Hope this makes sense and someone can help.

Thanks.

Answer:Moving Applications folder to another hard drive?

Programs cannot be moved. They have to be reinstalled.

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Hi Experts,
When i had a small SSD i used an online guide to move the C:\Windows\Installer folder to my D: drive
I have used the symbolic link function (not sure exactly how) and this is the output of it:
03/11/2015  07:01 PM    <SYMLINKD>     Installer [D:\Windows\Installer]
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
How can i move it back to C: drive and cancel the existing link?
Thanks in advance to any helpfull reply

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Can someone remind me which key needs to be changed so that the windows program file folder defaults to drive D - rather than drive C. Second question is will this change work on a P/C with Windows NT?Thanks

Answer:Moving 'program files' folder to Drive D

Not sure what you mean. Do you want to boot from d and not c?

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Firstly, a Happy New Year to you all!I have just added a new 120gig hard drive to my PC and is seen as F:\. I want to move all the My Documents folders (and contents), that is my own account and that in my wife's name to the new drive so as to keep them separate from the system and programs on drive C:\. I am running XP Home SP2.Will moving the shared documents folder achieve this or do I need to move yhe individual my documents folders as well. I intend to partition the new drive in order to have all the music in the My music folder in shared documents on a separate partition.Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Moving Shared Documents folder to second drive

It would need some registry editing, I would Create folder on new drive and drag contents to the

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I surrender...

Can someone please direct me to a good tutorial, thread or provide instructions on how to move my User Directory currently on my HDD data secondary (D drive to my SSD/OS/boot primary (C drive?

Last year facing WIN10 upgrades, I bought a new, clean Lenovo H50 i7 WIN10 machine for the family's primary machine and platform to allocate 5 family member accounts, ties to WIN Phones, Family security, monitoring, music, etc. To optimize, I added a Samsung 850 Pro SSD, clean installed WIN10 on the SSD and directed OS/boot/program files to that drive, while following many threads to wipe the HDD and move the User Directory and all data (docs, photos, music) to the 1TB HDD. It's been a freaking nightmare. Many of the WIN10 upgrade builds create some instability or malfunction of I/O, UI or account disruption. I have 5 family members (Users) with Microsoft.com accounts/authorizations. The last build again broke the computer so we cannot "switch" between users - the computer locks somewhere in the black screen or background and will only re-enter the new user if the machine is "hard" shutdown/restarted, Mail & Edge close randomly and Settings is inop. The admin level diagnostics will not even run... I cannot "Restore" because I have the User directory on different drive. I'm feed-up. I don't want a solution to this one iteration. I'm done being home IT officer. Just let help me move the User Directory to the way Big Softie ... Read more

Answer:Help moving User Directory back to primary OS SSD drive from data HDD

How did you get it there to begin with? You just reverse the process and associate the link for those user folders back to where they should be on the hard drive with Windows, not mapped to some other drive.

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I surrender...

Can someone please direct me to a good tutorial, thread or provide instructions on how to move my User Directory currently on my HDD data secondary (D drive to my SSD/OS/boot primary (C drive?

Last year facing WIN10 upgrades, I bought a new, clean Lenovo H50 i7 WIN10 machine for the family's primary machine and platform to allocate 5 family member accounts, ties to WIN Phones, Family security, monitoring, music, etc. To optimize, I added a Samsung 850 Pro SSD, clean installed WIN10 on the SSD and directed OS/boot/program files to that drive, while following many threads to wipe the HDD and move the User Directory and all data (docs, photos, music) to the 1TB HDD. It's been a freaking nightmare. Many of the WIN10 upgrade builds create some instability or malfunction of I/O, UI or account disruption. I have 5 family members (Users) with Microsoft.com accounts/authorizations. The last build again broke the computer so we cannot "switch" between users - the computer locks somewhere in the black screen or background and will only re-enter the new user if the machine is "hard" shutdown/restarted, Mail & Edge close randomly and Settings is inop. The admin level diagnostics will not even run... I cannot "Restore" because I have the User directory on different drive. I'm feed-up. I don't want a solution to this one iteration. I'm done being home IT officer. Just let help me move the User Directory to the way Big Softie ... Read more

Answer:Help moving User Directory back to primary OS SSD drive from data HDD

How did you get it there to begin with? You just reverse the process and associate the link for those user folders back to where they should be on the hard drive with Windows, not mapped to some other drive.

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Its a bad idea to store data on the desktop because if windows bites the dust, worst case the data gets corrupt, best case you can pop the drive in another machine and copy the desktop folder out before wiping the drive.

But I do it anyway, invariably I have projects im working on sitting on the desktop, documents folder, etc.

I know with win7/vista its super easy to move the user folders to another drive.
My question is, is there ANY downside to doing this???
 

Answer:Win7: Moving user data / desktop folders to another drive...

Not that I am aware of.

I moved all mine to my other drive, and then from there will be setting up backup to my NAS.
Like you said, it helps keep things organized! And saving to desktop is super easy with web browsers compared to browsing for location each time
 

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Simply it was there as an icon and syncs.
I then opened folder 'documents' properties, and reassigned location to be under c:\users\tricia\Google Drive.
Win10 copied all the files and they were synced to google drive on the web site.
But the icon for google drive vanished.

Here is a picture, it no longer appears, is this normal?
What would happen if I revert the location back to default target ?

Online instruction to do this.
How to: Automatically Backup My Documents Folder To Google Drive

It is working, but the danger is if someone deletes your files on google drive, it will sync back to your pc and delete them too. It is very convenient. To do it the stock way, means you have double files on your PC.

Can google drive be configured to only sync forward, not backwards?

Answer:google drive icon gone after moved document folder location to Gdrive

Browse to C:\Users\Trish and see if the Google Drive icon is listed there. If not, press the Find Target button.

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I have two hard drives one is 60gb enough for windows to be installed but i would like to be able to move the %appdata% folder as default to the other hard drive which has 500Gb maybe less not to sure about that one. anyway is there a way to move this
folder and have it use by default without crashing the computer?

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I have done this before but I have forgotten how can someone tell me how to move my important emails to a folder in my external hard drive prior to a reformatt. Thank you.
 

Answer:moving emails to a folder in an external hard drive

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win7 pro is installed on C drive with limited space becuase its on a SSD 120gb. I want to move the windows update folder software distro to the F drive that i have with plenty of space then create a junction. i found a how to but some parts of it dont work or dont allow me to change some things. is there another way to do this? try conservere space. can windows updates be deleted instead if not would be nice if i could have windows updates write to another drive.



when i run a junction command it says junciton not recognized as a command, also when i run this command:


rename C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.del it says access denied im an administrator and ran cmd as admin

Answer:moving Windows update folder to different drive - junction

  
Quote: Originally Posted by scripttron75


...can windows updates be deleted instead....


Stop the Windows Update service (wuauserv)....
...then delete SoftwareDistribution.

The next scan for updates will take a while.
View update history will be empty, but View installed updates is still available.
Any hidden updates will be unhidden.

More info can be found here:
Windows Update - Reset

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My SSD is filling up (it's 256gb) and so I decided to move the documents folder to the D: harddrive. I changed the location under Quick Access to D:\Documents. The system created the directory and moved the files. However, before the move there were 54gb of files and 2840 folders under C:\<user name>\Documents. Now after the 'move' there are 26gb and 2840 folders left under C:\<user name>\Documents. If it moved them, how come a copy of 1/2 of files and all of the folders are still on C:\ ? I verified it's not just a pointer by deleting one of the files in D:\Documents. It's still on C:\.

Answer:Problem moving Documents Folder to hard drive from SSD

The problem could be in how you made the move. I find it works best to first create the new Folder on the second drive or partition such as D:\Documents. The I go to C:\Users\USERNAME, right-click the Documents Folder and on the Location tab specify the new Folder. The Folders shown on the left column above the C: drive usually do not fully work for the process.

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I am loading NWN2 onto my HDD. Evidently, NWN2 "makes use of My Documents and Windows Temp File Directories to store saved games, hak files, exported character files, and temp files needed during game play, updates and more," according to the moderator of NWN2's technical self-help forum.

My HDD is devided into three logical drives: C is the OS and main applications excepting office programs and is 63.4GB; D is for games and is 244GB; and E is for documents, photos, videos, office suite, etc. and is 157GB.

I've already moved my My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos folders to drive E. This is is the additional advice given for changing the temporary files folder from the sticky at the NWN2 self-help forum:

" You should be able change the temporary files folder by changing the TEMP and TMP system environment variables.


1. Create a folder at the root of the local drive and name it TEMP.
2. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
4. Click Environment Variables.

5. Repeat the following steps for both the TEMP and the TMP User variables:
a. In the User variables list, select the TEMP variable, and then click Edit.
b. In the Variable value box, type %drive%\TEMP, and then click OK.
c. Repeat steps a and b for the TMP variable.

6. Repeat the following steps for both the TEMP and the TMP System variables:
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Answer:? moving Temp. Files Folder to different logical drive

Moving the TEMP files away from the OS has its purposes.

IMO, the only reason to move TEMP is if its a SSD your trying to limit writes to, save space etc.

For 1 physical spinning drive/ partitioned I really do not think there would be much benefit. Having Games, USER folders (Music,Pictures etc) on other partitions or drives can be a benefit though.

But the method you listed will work fine if you choose to move it.

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this seems to happen when i have more than one folder open on Drives like for example moving a folder over from one drive to another then Explorer crashes there have been other crashes but not sure on the scenario when it does but here is the latest crash report under event viewer / applications:

Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 6/23/2015 9:36:56 AM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: Powerstation
Description:
Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 6.1.7601.17567, time stamp: 0x4d672ee4
Faulting module name: MSVCR90.dll, version: 9.0.30729.6161, time stamp: 0x4dace4e7
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000001e1ac
Faulting process id: 0xafc
Faulting application start time: 0x01d0adc8b56a7ae9
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\explorer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft.vc90.crt_1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b_9.0.30729.6161_none_08e61857a83bc251\MSV CR90.dll
Report Id: 0f19739e-19c6-11e5-9581-003067c2b754
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Application Error" />
<EventID Qualifiers="0">1000</EventID>
<Level>2</Level>
<Task>100</Task>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
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Answer:Windows explorer crash - moving folder from one drive to another

See if this link has any bearing:

https://social.technet.microsoft.com...w7itprogeneral

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Hiya

This might be a bit of a dumb question but I just want to check is it safe to directly cut and paste the my favorites, documents, pictures, music and video folders to another hard drive on my PC or I should do them manually through properties of each folder. Currently I'm using windows 7.

Sorry for my awkward tone and many thanks in advance.

Answer:Moving my documents folder to another hard drive question

Hi Lemon Tree

If you want all your user folder links to work correctly you are best doing each one through the properties.
User Folders - Change Default Location

Danny

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When saving a Word 2007 document as a webpage (htm, html), an extra folder is automatically created besides the hmtl document itself. This folder contains background information like pictures, wallpaper etc. Is there a way to prevent that folder from being created in the first place? I've got Word 2000 on another computer, and when I save my word documents as html files over there, that extra folder is not generated. The only time that folder is created in 2000 is if my documents contain pictures, wallpaper etc. In Word 2007, it is created all the time, even though my documents are just plain text.
 

Answer:Solved: Word 2007, saving document as html document: how to get rid of extra folder?

Managed to find the solution, it was very simple after all. One has to save the document as a filtered webpage and click "yes" when a box pops up warning you that you will use certain featuers which are specific to Office2007, such as the background. Then the document will save without that extra folder and files.
 

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Not knowing it would cause problems for me later, I setup a home built computer with a symbolic link for the Users folder from my SSD drive (system drive C) to Drive D. When I found I couldn't update to Windows 8.1 I did some research and discovered I should not have used this method for moving the Users folder and I need to move it back first in order to update.

After doing some research, I decided to follow the knowledge base article found at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2876597 as my guide to move it back to the system drive. I have started this process and I'm part way through but I have encountered a problem that I can't figure out how to solve.

I booted into safe mode with a command prompt and deleted the symbolic link on my C drive. I followed the instructions in the article to use robocopy to copy the Users folder from my D drive to my system drive but it fails because some system files (like ntuser.dat) can't be copied (presumably because they contain the system info for the account I'm logged into so I am locked out).

I'm not really sure how to get around this and I don't think I'd be able to reboot and get into my system right now unless maybe I recreate the symbolic link from the system drive to d:\users.

Any advice or links to an article with steps I can follow would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Eric

Answer:Moving Users folder back to system drive to update to 8.1

I did the same thing. You need to boot to a Command Prompt from your Windows Install disc. This is the tutorial I used to move Users off of C: and I just reversed it to move it back, deleting the link and using robocopy as you mentioned.

Move the Users Directory in Windows 7

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I have recently moved the location of my OneDrive folder to the D: drive.

When I use "Windows Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" to create a system image I get the following message prior to completion:

Backup skipped backing up D:\OneDrive\Documents as it is on the backup target.

Is this because for some reason the D: drive is now being included in the system image?
If so, how do I stop it?

Any help appreciated.

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Hi everyone,

I have just done a clean, fresh reinstall of Windows 10 using the USB media creation tool (installs a clean 1607 build and then I update it), but I'm running on a laptop with small SSD and a huge secondary hard drive. So now I want to migrate the C:\USERS folder location to D: drive. I am trying to follow an excellent guide from tenforums, using the relocate.xml file. However, on my Windows 10 USB boot stock, I do not have the \sources\install.wim file necessary for this step.

The only wim file there is on the USB media stick is \sources\boot.wim.

Can I still go on with the procedure described above and put "boot.wim" instead of "install.wim" on the USB drive (G in the relocate.xml file?

I would very much try to avoid digging up the Windows 10 original CD which does have the install.wim file. First, I'm not sure where it is, but also, I am trying to solve a very annoying problem with windows, which has happenned during the update of older Windows 10 build to anniversary update - so I would like to avoid any windows components or installation that are older than 1607 build, like the Windows 10 CD.
Thanks

Answer:Moving USERS folder to D: drive, no install.wim file, just boot.wim?

Notice at the beginning of the tutorial you linked to (Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums) that you have to use Option One to get the Windows ISO file to create the Windows 10 USB flash drive from. It contains install.wim. The USB flash drive that the Media Creation Tool Creates (which is Option Two) contains install.esd in the sources folder instead of install.wim.

Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi

I am attempting to relocate the Users folder from C:/ to D:/ (these are physically distinct internal 1 TB drives) as par of a new clean install of Windows 8 on a new laptop.

I am following the tutorial here: User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

The problem I face is at the stage of creating an answer file for the Sysprep tool.

Windows 8 is preinstalled and there is no separate installation media - rather it boots/reinstalls off a petition on the C:/ drive. Hnce I cannot run the unattend file command line:

<cpifflineImage cpi:source="wim:F:/sources/install.wim#Windows 8" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

Where F: would be a CD drive or USB drive.

I have tried creating recovery media on a USB stick using the HP utility, but while this works there appears to be no directory structure or file comparable to that listed above. Indeed there seems to be no install.wim file anywhere.

As I am told pre-installs are very common on Win 8 laptops (mine is an HP Envy17-j005tx), I assume there is an alternative approach but I can't find it.....

Any help or pointers gratefully received.

Thanks!
JGG

PS As to why I want to move the Users folder - I have XP set up like this on my old desktop and it makes for a far saner directory structure, easier backup and if one needs to reinstall Windows, it makes for a much cleaner simpler process as User information is preserved on a separate disk. Also one is much less likely to run ... Read more

Answer:Moving "User" folder when Win 8 preinstalled

Take a look here:
User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

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*How this came about*
I tried to move my Music library, but instead of including the 'Music' folder in F:\ drive, I included the drive itself.
I promptly included the 'Music' folder in F:\ and set it as the default location, then removed F:\ from the Music library locations.

However...


Eh yeah, this looks embarrassing.



The 'normal' location is F:\ .



I've since deleted the 'Music' library twice and performed restarts for each attempt. None removed my F:\ drive from my 'Users' folder or removed the 'Locations' tab from the F:\ drive properties.

It's a minor technical problem but a major eyesore.

Answer:Drive in 'User' folder, 'Location' tab in drive properties

It's too big a mess to sort easily with the way you masked the screenshots.

Try System Restore to before you did this.

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Ok so my user file was not showing up in the users folder in the C drove and so i put show hidden folders on to see if it would come up and it did not so I exited. Then when I went back in I found the USERS folder was gone completely. Can someone please help me on this.

Answer:HELP User folder gone in C drive

Hi have you tried system restore to see if that brings it back

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A twist on the creation of user folders on a drive other than C: in Win 7 Ultimate. Does anyone know if one could designate a user folder location such as E:\Data instead of using the users name and being a subdirectory of "Users". I am the ONLY one on my computer - and it would seem much easier to look to the top folder in the E drive than clicking thru E:, users, name, documents, project. I fully realize that I can set up shortcuts, but when you are in an application that wants to place a file somewhere else and presents you with an explorer windows it is a pain. The only method I thought of is using redirection with symbolic links. Every time I try to use symbolic links, I end up with something other than I anticipated. Any ideas would be appreciated - setting up new machine so anything goes!

Answer:User Profile folder - static folder instead of created by user signon

User Profile - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Forums

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My user folder seems to have some corrupt files in it. It's 8 GB after a significant reduction in junk building up over the years. Now I want to copy it to another drive but it hangs at 40% through. Can't figure out why but suspect corrupt file names (too long) and possibly other corrections. Can I run an analysis against the user folder to try to identify possible suspect files? (Note: I am not logged into the drive I am copying to or from)

Answer:Can't copy over user folder to another drive

You can check for paths longer than 260 with this tool:
TLPD / Discussion / Open Discussion:Update for Unicode?

You need to download AutoIt3 to run it and/or "compile" it.

Or you could try RichCopy

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I would like to see if I can point MyDocs, Desktop, and all other data file to a second hard drive. Is this possible?

Answer:how do I move user folder to a different drive

Did a quick search for "Remap User Folder" and came up with this... Windows 7 Forums the biggest Windows 7 help and support forum, friendly help and many Windows 7 tutorials that will help you get the most out of Microsofts new Windows 7 Operating System. - Search Results for Remap User Folder

Read through a few of them and then decide which one applies to you......follow directions. I have my User folder and data(movies, music, documents, etc) on my HDD and everything else on my SSD. Saves quite a bit of space moving it all over.

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If want move (all Sub Folders) User- Folder to another Drive?? example to Drive D: because my Drive C: protected by Deep Freeze.

Answer:If want move (all Sub Folders) User- Folder to another Drive

hello and welcome

i'm don't understand what you means?
did you mean you want to move your data in drive into another drive??

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I gotta say, I love the new SSD. Everything is working great, except for one strange thing.

I have my User folder on a secondary spinning drive, and it's working well, except for my Downloads folder. Every time I click on the Downloads folder in Explorer, there is a huge lag while Windows figures out what's in the folder. You can see the green bar moving to the right like it's searching, then the contents will appear.

My Documents folder doesn't do this. The contents load right away, but the difference is that folder is in a library. I've turned on all of the indexing functions I can think of, but still there is a big lag when opening that folder. This didn't happen when my User folder was on the system drive, even when that one was a spinning drive.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Answer:New SSD, Problem with User folder on spinning drive.

If you have a load of crap in the folder it takes a while for the icons to render it does that on mine. Am not sure why it suddenly lags unlike your old one. Delete everything in it or move the downloads location.

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I bought a computer from a previous owner and was wondering how I can change the name of the folder in the Users file on the Local Disk or "C:" drive. 
Computer > Local Disk C: > Users > (this is the area where i'm wanting to change the name of the user file from the previous owners name to my own).

I have tried to change it while logged into the Main Admin profile but it wouldn't let me do it or give me the option to change it. It would let me change the name of the "Public" file and the "Guest" file. Help??

Answer:Change Name of File in User Folder on C Drive

Those are built in folders and can not be changed.

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I have this problem with three C:\ Drive Icons in my user folder
IMAGE
They are not in my C:\Users\Daniel folder


Does anyone know how to get rid of them? I can't delete them.

Answer:Mutiple C:\ Drive Icons in my user folder

  
Quote: Originally Posted by danieljread


I have this problem with three C:\ Drive Icons in my user folder
IMAGE
They are not in my C:\Users\Daniel folder


Does anyone know how to get rid of them? I can't delete them.


Hi Daniel, Welcome to SF,

Could you tell us what is the error message your getting when you delete it ??

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Folks:

I recently installed Win10 on a C SSD and set a D hard drive for my data. I have assigned default save to be D. FYI, I do have a C:\User\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. also. However, I found that on my drive D, there is a D:\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. So I included the sub folders into the Library. However, the D:\[user]\Documents folder does exist but I cannot change the permissions at all (Read Only). It is owned by the System. Don't I need to take ownership back to make use of it? But how? Or do I just leave it alone. Right now, all save documents are going to C:\[user]\Documents. Other D:\[user] sub folders, i.e., Pictures and Videos, are writable. What gives?

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Hey, I'm new here and "some" of what's been said covered part of my problem, but...anyway, I figured out how to remove the lock from a user profile folder that was put in my computer under another name then mine before I got this comp. It had the lock on it at the time but I removed it today. I then tried to rename the folder but it won't let me...I can open it and it shows everything I've downloaded, etc, but it's under someone else name and it bugs me. My name is set as the owner and administrator and I am "supposedly" the primary user, but, and this is after I changed the other name to mine in the registry, when I go to the stupid users folder it still shows the main user as this other person under his name, not mine. I can't think of what else to do to do to change the name. I feel like I've tried everything. I would try to delete the folder but I'm afraid I'll lose everything in it since it's all under his name and not mine. How can I change the folder name?

Answer:Can't change name of user folder in c:drive that was once locked.

KindredmSpirit welcome to SevenForums

See if the link below will help you change the user name folder to the one you want

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

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Folks:

I recently installed Win10 on a C SSD and set a D hard drive for my data. I have assigned default save to be D. FYI, I do have a C:\User\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. also. However, I found that on my drive D, there is a D:\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. So I included the sub folders into the Library. However, the D:\[user]\Documents folder does exist but I cannot change the permissions at all (Read Only). It is owned by the System. Don't I need to take ownership back to make use of it? But how? Or do I just leave it alone. Right now, all save documents are going to C:\[user]\Documents. Other D:\[user] sub folders, i.e., Pictures and Videos, are writable. What gives?

Answer:RE: SYSTEM owns User folder on drive D

If you type Storage in the search bar and hit enter it will take you straight to the Settings page for entering where you want to save all your various items. Can you check if this is showing the D: drive?

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Folks:

I recently installed Win10 on a C SSD and set a D hard drive for my data. I have assigned default save to be D. FYI, I do have a C:\User\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. also. However, I found that on my drive D, there is a D:\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. So I included the sub folders into the Library. However, the D:\[user]\Documents folder does exist but I cannot change the permissions at all (Read Only). It is owned by the System. Don't I need to take ownership back to make use of it? But how? Or do I just leave it alone. Right now, all save documents are going to C:\[user]\Documents. Other D:\[user] sub folders, i.e., Pictures and Videos, are writable. What gives?

Answer:RE: SYSTEM owns User folder on drive D

If you type Storage in the search bar and hit enter it will take you straight to the Settings page for entering where you want to save all your various items. Can you check if this is showing the D: drive?

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Hello everyone,
I am trying to set up some folders on a network drive so that it will come up as folders in my User Folder, and be able to be accessed from all computers in my network and free up space on my hard drives.
I would like to know if there is a way of moving the entire folder onto the network drive on Vista. I have been able to move the sub folders (music, pictures etc) over but would prefer for the entire folder to be there. If that is not possible, how can I relocate additional folders I have created myself (such as install and film projects) which I want to appear in the user folder.

Operating system: Windows Vista Home premium SP1

Thank you, Stacey

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Folks:

I recently installed Win10 on a C SSD and set a D hard drive for my data. I have assigned default save to be D. FYI, I do have a C:\User\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. also. However, I found that on my drive D, there is a D:\[name]\Documents, Pictures, etc. So I included the sub folders into the Library. However, the D:\[user]\Documents folder does exist but I cannot change the permissions at all (Read Only). It is owned by the System. Don't I need to take ownership back to make use of it? But how? Or do I just leave it alone. Right now, all save documents are going to C:\[user]\Documents. Other D:\[user] sub folders, i.e., Pictures and Videos, are writable. What gives?

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I have windows 10. I just installed a new vinyl software program. When someone sends me a e-mail with a clip art attachment and I save it to "documents" or "Pictures" all is good. But when I open the vinyl program and go to insert this attachment it doesn't show up. Outside the vinyl program if I open "documents or pictures it is there. What is funny about this, I've had the vinyl program installed for two weeks and I didn't have this problem until yesterday. Any suggestions or ideas?

Answer:moving document to a new program

Dripster said:

I have windows 10. I just installed a new vinyl software program. When someone sends me a e-mail with a clip art attachment and I save it to "documents" or "Pictures" all is good. But when I open the vinyl program and go to insert this attachment it doesn't show up. Outside the vinyl program if I open "documents or pictures it is there. What is funny about this, I've had the vinyl program installed for two weeks and I didn't have this problem until yesterday. Any suggestions or ideas?



I'd be looking in that program for Options or Preferences to see where it is looking for stored files, some programs have their own defaults but usually can be changed.

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from yahoo email i put a moving picture and text into a mirco soft untitled document to put on a cd. I copied the pictured to my hard drive, but the picture won't move once its inserted on the document. If there is a way to do this, please tell me how to do it.
Thanks

Answer:how to put moving picture into document

you put it into microsoft?
This makes no sense, that is like saying "I Installed my car stereo into my Ford" well... Ford what? Bronco? Mustang?
I am assuming you put it into an office product like Word or Powerpoint?

Generally you need to save the picture to your computer first, import it into a document, save the document. (best to not leave it untitled) and then save the entire file to your external source.

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I have a Windows XP SP2 laptop, that has offline folder's enabled for users My documents folder. The laptop is within a corporate environment, fully MS patched, Symantec AV, all up to date and anti-Spam installed. Finally it is configured for French language, as that is where its based.
However since yesterday, they have reported that strange folder names are automatically appearing. i have cleared out these folders from the associated win3k users folder, had him re-synced, and all appeared ok yesterday. But today, these files are back again and sync now fails completely.
Has anyone any ideas what to try now?
Thanks in advance.
 

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I used the tutorial to move my user folders to a spare, second drive in my laptop. Now I'm thinking about changing it from a spinner to an SSD and I'm wondering what steps I should be considering, before I make that swap, to preserve my user folders and migrate it to a second drive.

Could someone describe the process to replace that drive or point me to a guide? What's tripping me up is if I don't move it back to C: what will windows do when I remove the drive that contains the user folders, and put in the new one upon first boot.

Thanks for any direction everyone!

Answer:User Folder - Move Location drive replacement

Hi, the safest path to avoid complication would be to move your folders back to your SSD. Your laptop supports SSD + HDD, so you're replacing the HDD with a SSD.

If you want to get best performance you will need to set your second SSD to use AHCI rather than IDE.

If you didn't want to move your folders, you could use disk imaging and the disk imaging software's boot medium to boot your PC, and hence move data /partitions from your HDD to your new SSD.

Best practice recommended here is to use disk imaging routinely anyway, so ideally you already have a full set of disk images.

If not, read on:
Creating disk images lets you restore Windows and all your disks and partitions to a previous working state, quickly and probably without technical help.

You can recover from:
- a failed disk drive (restore to a new one)
- ransomware (which encrypts your disk)
- user error
- unrecoverable problems from failed updates to problem programs
- unbootable PC (hardware faults aside)

Images also act as a full backup- you can extract files too.

You can even use images to help you move more easily and quickly to a new PC.

Imaging can even help you sleep at night knowing you have a second chance.

Many here recommend Macrium Reflect (free) as a good robust solution and more reliable than some others. It?s
- more feature rich
- more flexible
- more reliable
than Windows Backup and Restore system images.

It's well supported with videos, help and a responsive forum.

There are other such... Read more

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I replaced the hard drive in my laptop, partitioned it like the old one into two partitions, and restored the image of the C: drive, Vista home premium, using a Ghost image.

On the old drive, all the user folders, Documents, Pictures, etc, were in the E: partition.

When I partitioned the new drive, I re-created all those folders. But after restoring the C: image, Windows is not recognizing those user folders ie if I click on Documents from the Start Menu, nothing happens.

If I go to Start and right click on Documents or any other user folder and select Properties, there is no Location tab. It seems like since Windows did not move the user folder to that location and mark that location as a user folder, that it is not recognizing it.

Any ideas how to fix this?

Thanks

Answer:Replaced hard drive, have User Folder problems

Hi,

Not sure but I think this is associated with the sequece of events. i.e. The way the system is rebuilt.

So from the ghost image, rebuild it in priotity order: -

Recovery & data partitions first. Then the system drive!

Always booting from the recovery DVD/ CD until the rebuild is completed.

Then & only then, boot from the HDD.

Give it a go & report back. OK?

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I used the tutorial to move my user folders to a spare, second drive in my laptop. Now I'm thinking about changing it from a spinner to an SSD and I'm wondering what steps I should be considering, before I make that swap, to preserve my user folders and migrate it to a second drive.

Could someone describe the process to replace that drive or point me to a guide? What's tripping me up is if I don't move it back to C: what will windows do when I remove the drive that contains the user folders, and put in the new one upon first boot.

Thanks for any direction everyone!

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Hello,
I am using Windows Seven ultimate x64 and I started having a problem when trying to access user's folder under documents and settings or users on any attached external hard drive on my computer.
i didn't have this problem before, it started on the same installation of windows and without any changes to my system settings or user settings.
I am a computer tech and I use my computer to backup data before repairing computers so I attach the hard drive to my computer using a USB enclosure.
This is limiting my work since I didn't find any solution yet.
It's giving me the error below: "you don't currently have permission to access this folder"
This is happening on any external hard drive I want to access the user's data.
Please help

Thank you

Answer:Can't access user's folder on any external hard drive

Hello Fadsnet, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you may need to take ownership of the folder, and "Allow" your user account "Full control" of the folder before you will have access.

How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista and Windows 7

Take Ownership Shortcut

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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My buddy wants me to relocate his Documents and Pictures folders (by going to Properties/Location tab/Move on those folders) so that they would be in his Google Drive folder, and thereby backed up automatically to the cloud. Has anyone here tried that, or have any thoughts about it? I know that Windows can be touchy about certain things, not sure about this. Thanks

Answer:Relocate User folders into Google drive folder?

Hi Vincenzo,

See User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums (applies to 8). There's nothing wrong with changing the location this way.

Vadim

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Not sure if this is the best thread to post this in.

Here's the scenario.
You use the (amazing) folder relocation tutorial in this forum. The process succeeds and you have a wonderful stress free year in Windows 10. Then your motherboard fails and you replace it with a different brand. Suddenly, when you get booted back to Windows, you can't log in! You quickly realize it's because you set your 2nd hard drive to drive letter "D:", but when Windows reloaded the disk drives because of the hardware change, it assigned "D:" to the DVD drive, and now you are stuck!

Fear not fellow tweakers, I put in the research and have the solution (this may be redundant from another post, tried to search originally but didn't find anything, so my apologies if duplicating).

Quick detail: First, we are going to boot into the recovery console and use the command prompt. In the recovery console, please be aware that it uses a virtual drive "X:" as the OS drive. Your other drive letters will be changed. Then we will identify which drive letter your OS is installed on. Next we will find which drive letter your user profiles are loaded on. Then we will make registry edits to fix the drive letter changes. Finally a reboot and celebratory dance.

Note: You will need an understanding of command line operations and registry editing. If you do not, please find that information first, I will assume you have this knowledge moving forward.
Also, there are ... Read more

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In my windows 7 professional, I have my user account or admin account called Comp5, I guess I named my computer this when I first installed windows 7 and it is my admin account.

When I click on my c:\users account I have two folders in that directory

Public
Comp5

This Comp5 has all my files on my hard drive in it.

I know my Users account is shared, so does this mean my Comp5 is shared, and therefore my whole hard drive?

I don't have another computer to test it, but if I click on Network\\comp5\users\\comp5 I can see all my files. This is while I use my comp5 computer.

This scares me because I think my roommates connected to my wifi network may have access.

If they do not have access, why is my administrator account "comp5", in my users folder?
 

Answer:windows 7 user folder shared, and user account in that folder

You can see all your files because you are the administrator so you have permissions.

You would want to check what sharing you have enabled. Open Network and Sharing Center > Advanced Share settings, then check those settings.

You probably have network discovery and file and print sharing enabled which is fine, you can disable it if you want but then you would not be able to see much on your network either.

The public folder is specifically for sharing stuff using the public share function on the Advanced Share page (you will see the option for it) Currently it should not contain anything but is there by default.
 

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I want to create a document in MS Word (7), to be used as a template, and placed on my desktop. It would later be filled in and emailed. I don't know how to 1) Move the document from Word to a folder on my desktop. 2) Set up the email to quickly accept the document and send it on its way.( Would Outlook be best or could I us Gmail ok?)

Answer:Moving a document from Word to Desktop

All you have to do is create a "shortcut" on the desktop of whatever MSWord file you want. Then you can click on the icon for the file and open it in Word.

To create the shortcut, go to your Documents folder (normal place, but it you have files in some other folder, go to that folder). LEFT click on the file to highlight it and and then RIGHT click on "Send To" and select Desktop (create shortcut).

You can e-mail directly from MSWord. It will connect with your default e-mail program. I have MSWord 2003 but in that click on File, then Send To and there are several options. Later Word versions are probably the same or similar.

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I backup online with Carbonite and following my recent refresh of my laptop the files and folders in "Documents" are not being backed up.
Carbonite support took control of my laptop and told me: "The Documents Folder shortcut from within the Windows File Explorer is pinned to opening the Cookies Folder on your PC. You need to get the folders pinned and reorganised accordingly. Once the data is registered on your computer as a Document and not a Cookie file or folder, Carbonite will be able to back it up".

If I right click on the File Explorer icon in the Taskbar I don't see any mention of Cookies, so how do I overcome this problem? Can anyone please help?

Answer:Document Folder pinned to opening the Cookies folder

They appear to be commenting on something viewed via an explorer window, which they call "The Documents Folder shortcut".

I don't understand their statement- suggest you get back to them.

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Please help.. I've tried everything i could find from other posts.

My computer folder on the start menu and my docoments folder will not open in normal mode. Hour glass icon comes up briefly then disappears. Also, i am getting the following dll errors on start-up egcomservice_1048.dll, stlb2.dll, doceoc15b1, e6f1873b.dll.

Here is my hijackthis log, after running malware bytes and smitfraudfix. Smitfraudfix had to be run in normal mode as the icon disappeared from the desktop after rebooting in safe mode. I have also run regcure, registrybooster 3009, windows live one care. THANKS FOR ANY HELP!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:37:43, on 9/14/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\BELKIN~2\BELKIN~1.EXE
C:\Program Files\Belkin Automatic Power Management Software\jre\bin\javaw.exe
C:\Program Files\Maxtor\Sync\SyncServices.exe
C:\Program Files\MozyHome\mozybackup.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL$MICROSOFTBCM\Binn\sqlservr.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\OcHealthMon.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
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Hi all,

I am trying to move my users, and all future users folders (i.e. documents, desktop, appdata etc) from my SSD to a regular HD.

I followed a few tutorials and moved each folder by right clicking it and clicking the "Move" button on the location tab

After that, I editted the keys here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

To use the HD. I also copied over the folders "Default", "Public", and "UpdatusUser" to the new location.

After restarting my computer everything works but my user has no picture. If I try and change the picture no pictures come up to be selected.

Have I missed a registry key or something? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Max.

Answer:Moving user folders; User picture error

Welcome to Seven Forums MDGM. Did you follow this tutorial:

User Profile - Change Default Location

Or something else? A Guy

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I am upgrading my computer (AMD) with a new motherboard and processor (Intel) and will finally upgrade to Windows 7. I currently have my user folder on a different drive in Vista and do not want to copy it over to a 7 installation on the C drive. Any way I can map my Windows 7 user folder the the Vista Users folder I already have on my data drive?

I will be installing 7 on a WD 6400AAKS hard drive that is currently my swap file drive temporarily until M2 SSD drives come down in price when I will install the OS on the SSD. I currently have two of these drives but never bothered to set up raid 0 (flakey raid controller on my current board) so I will still have the old OS/application drive until I get 7 set up the way I want. Any other suggestions you can think of for this install? I plan on backing up everything on my data drive and all game files to an extra external USB drive first "just in case..." I also have a Sandisc Ready Cache to give it a speed boost until I get the M2 drive so I will leave the swap file on my C drive this time. TIA

System Specs:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE (X4 965 died) soon to be replaced with an i5 4670K
MSI 790FX-GD70 (soon to be replaced with a Z97 chip set MB)
Asus HD 6870 DirectCU
2x 4096kb Patriot DDR-3 1600 memory
2 WD 6400AAKS hard drives
1 Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 1TB hard drive
Corsair HX1000W PSU
Intel EXPI9300PT N.I.C.
Creative X-Fi Titanium sound card
HP dvd1720 optical drive
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Case
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Answer:Finally upgrading to WIndows 7, Vista user folder on different drive

Yes you can move the Location of each of the new Win7 User folders you need to the old User folder of the same name on its data partition, following User Folders - Change Default Location.

The only drawback is that if you use Win7 backup imaging it will want to include the data partition in the System image since system User files will then be on it. The solution to this is to change to a more flexible imaging program where you can choose to exclude the data partition from the system image, like Macrium - Image your system,

or instead of moving User folder location, you can instead right click each User folder on the data partition to add to its respective Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums which will leave the C User folder in the library but add the new location too. This way if anything lands in the C User folder you can easily drag it within the library window to the data partition folder. You can also Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Remember also that these folders while on a different partition always need to be backed up against data loss, by dragging them to external or using a method like Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums.

Take extra precaution during the Clean Install Windows 7 to C to not touch the data partition. If it's on another hard drive I would unplug it. If you want to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image we can advise you better about w... Read more

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I installed Windows 10 a few weeks ago, but today I noticed that my 1TB hard drive only had 50GB left, despite it only being ~400GB full before the install. I ran Disk Cleanup and removed as much as I could, but it only cleared an additional 100GB. I then ran WinDirStat, and this is what I got:

Is this normal? My user folder seems to be looping.

As far as I can tell, the $OF folder is for backups. I've disabled File Backup, and deleted everything except for the latest file version (I would clear everything if I could), but it didn't make much difference. I'm really not sure what's going on.

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I found a Windows 10 Forums article online about how to move the Users profile folder to an external drive, but it was not something easily understood by a not-too-techie user.

If there are some easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to do this for a recently upgraded Windows 10 (not Windows Professional or Windows Enterprise) OS, I would be happy to get them.

Answer:How to move the user profile folder to an external hard drive

If you mean to move it for running it from the external drive, rather than just for backup purposes, I think it would be a risky thing to move the whole Users folder, or even individual user profiles under that folder and I doubt this is supported by MS.
Are you able to move elements of the profile, such as Documents, then just redirect the connection afterwards (or use libraries)?
I'd be interested in seeing this article you mentioned.

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Just got a new computer and got the age old custom set-up headache again.

In XP, I re-directed My Documents to a Data partition. In my old computer with Windows 7, I think I used TweakUI (which worked) and Junction for my iTunes folder.

In my new Windows 7 laptop, I read about this mklink feature (which seemed to pass me by). Before I got a chance to use this, I selected all of the visible (non-system) folders in c:\users\myusername and cut 'n' pasted them to d:\users\myusername.

To cut a long story short, this worked. Obviously i know it didn't move system related folders but it works. Basically it looks like Windows has automatically changed the target of the folders I moved . Is this right?

Start menu shortcuts all still work for Pictures, Music, Documents. The Libraries are showing thew new location too. I did the same for the Public Folders and same result.

Basically didn't need to use MkLink.
 

Answer:Relocating no-system contents of user folder to another partition/drive

well, just to prove it wasn't luck, created a new (standard) user and was able to do the same.

looks like windows 7 just got smarter.
 

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I installed Windows 10 a few weeks ago, but today I noticed that my 1TB hard drive only had 50GB left, despite it only being ~400GB full before the install. I ran Disk Cleanup and removed as much as I could, but it only cleared an additional 100GB. I then ran WinDirStat, and this is what I got:

Is this normal? My user folder seems to be looping.

As far as I can tell, the $OF folder is for backups. I've disabled File Backup, and deleted everything except for the latest file version (I would clear everything if I could), but it didn't make much difference. I'm really not sure what's going on.

Answer:User folder loop eating up hard drive space

Hello hxt,

Welcome to TenForums

There is an extended disk clean you can run that might clean up more of your system. Please see option 2 of the tutorial below:

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html

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Hello,

I took my SSD off my tower and took it as external drive during my holidays.

I had to access my own files from another Windows 10 machine.

When browsing to my user folder, I was asked to take ownership of the folder to access files (so easy!). I knew it was risky but I had to access those files.

Back to my tower, I could log on but many things weren't OK : no wallpaper, no search, Firefox and Thunderbird would not load profiles...

I could take ownership back browsing APPDATA and other subfolders but many problems still remains.

I suppose it should be as simple taking ownership back as it was answering "YES" on the other machine but how?

Many thanks.

Answer:Reset user folder rights after using system disk as external drive ?

I'm about to do a "Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object" on my user folder but AFAIR this takes a long time whereas it took no time to take control of the folder of the other machine so is it really the same kind of operation ?

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Hello,

I took my SSD off my tower and took it as external drive during my holidays.

I had to access my own files from another Windows 10 machine.

When browsing to my user folder, I was asked to take ownership of the folder to access files (so easy!). I knew it was risky but I had to access those files.

Back to my tower, I could log on but many things weren't OK : no wallpaper, no search, Firefox and Thunderbird would not load profiles...

I could take ownership back browsing APPDATA and other subfolders but many problems still remains.

I suppose it should be as simple taking ownership back as it was answering "YES" on the other machine but how?

Many thanks.

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Every time I move a file from one folder or directory to another...the destination folder shows the date and time of the current activity and the original file creation date/time is lost ? Is there a way to move/copy files from one folder to another...or one drive to another...without having the destination file's properties updated to the current date and time ?

Thanks....TRinAZ

Answer:Can you keep file dates from changing when moving folder to folder

If you move within folders on the same drive the date and time are preserved. If you move from one drive to another the create date changes.

A google search indicates RoboCopy can do this (or at least I think that's what it was saying).

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Hi Guys
I am getting the following error
"Could not find this item"
"This is no longer located in Drive:\ Verify the location and try again"
If I click retry it continues as if nothing happened.
Just started happening a couple of weeks ago and I don't recall any special happenings or installs at the time.
Does anyone have any ideas to the cause or rectification.

Windows 7 Ultimate

Answer:Folder not found error when moving folder to another location

Only if you copy from D drive? Always folder TEMP that's in problem?

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Hello,
I have an application in Excel that sends mail via Outlook. I don't have any problem in sending the emails, but I would like to know if anyone could give me a hint how to, through my VBA-code, move the e-mail that I just sent to a folder of my choice.

Grateful for any help

Bengt

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