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Old 11. Mar 2016, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am re-installing Windows 7. After installation I want to move the 'Users' folder in C: to another partition in the same drive. Is this possible, or does Windows prevent such a move?

I would also like to know the pros and cons of this idea.

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Windows doesn't prevent it but you can have unexpected problems. I've never had anything that couldn't be fixed but be aware it is not perfect and Microsoft does not really recommend it, e.g. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949977.

The main advantage is being able to have all your data on a separate hard disk drive so you could easily image an entire drive, swap it into another machine, get higher disk throughput from using more than one drive.

There is less benefit nowadays so I don't bother anymore because we now have more reliable and better performing disk drives. We also have better free backup and imaging software so it is easier to setup backups with any disk configuration.

On the other hand, it is commonly used with SSDs when you don't have enough space for everything on the SSD.

For any method you should be able to find more than one tutorial or example. Just make sure that you have good backups before starting.

The slowest methods involve replacement of many registry entries. I'd avoid anything like that.

The best way to do it is with automated installs of Windows where there is a configuration file that contains the settings. Here's an example that I have used it but can't remember if I had to change any of the steps:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...ebb296e?auth=1
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I think there may be utilities to do this, but I haven't tried it and you certainly cannot move either the active user or the last/only user.

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My preferred method is to follow this excellent tutorial
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My preferred method is to follow this excellent tutorial
That method is for moving folders in the USER folder. It does not move the USER folder itself which is a much more complex task.
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I don't even bother to move the user folders. I just create another partition and make my own folders. For example, in Windows 7 and later the default folders are Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos. Therefore, when I create my folders, I name them My Documents, My Music, etc, etc. For that matter, I don't think Windows cares whether I prefix the folders with "My". Eventually, the folders acquire the same icons as the default ones on their own. Nevertheless, for my own purposes, the "My" serves as an easy marker that tells me where I am at a glance. And Yes, I know some versions of Windows used the "My" in the default folder names.

As to the Pros and Cons, I prefer to have my personal files in a separate partition. When I backup, I can choose to back up my personal data more regularly without the extra bloat of the system files in those images. I do backup the system partition too but that's on different schedule.
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My preferred method is to follow this excellent tutorial
Thank you Sope. It certainly is "Excellent", and clear instructions too.

I am wondering about the necessity to create two Administrative Accounts to move the 'User' Folder to another partition. Of course I don't understand the reason behind it.

I am re-installing Windows 7 from an installation disk and not a system image. So it will be a clean and new operating system with no personal data or other user accounts. I am thinking of trying this soon after the installation is complete, with only the one administrative user account that I will be creating during installation (instead of using two as mentioned in the tutorial). Can you see anything against this?

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Thank you Sope. It certainly is "Excellent", and clear instructions too.

I am wondering about the necessity to create two Administrative Accounts to move the 'User' Folder to another partition. Of course I don't understand the reason behind it.
I believe it's because you need to be using an administrator account which provides the necessary privileges in order for you to be able to perform the task, but you can't move a user account that you are currently logged in with.

I'm assuming you are referring to this tutorial which follows on from the original one I linked to under the heading "Option One"?

My preference is to use "Option Two - To Change User Folders Location from within User Profile Folder", it's easier and achieves much the same thing if all you want to do is move the storage of personal files to a separate partition or drive.

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Yes, "Option Two" is better. I'll go ahead with that.

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