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How do I assign user files to a secondary drive?


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#1 Warthog-Fan

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 08:48 AM

I'm putting together a new computer and I will be using Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for an OS. The computer will have a 250 GB SSD for the "C" drive, and a 500 GB HDD for the "D" drive. I want to install the OS and programs on the "C" drive and put all of the user info on the "D" drive. I will be setting it up with one account that is an Administrator, and two accounts that are Users. When Windows normally sets up these accounts, it seems to automatically put them on the "C" drive and it also creates folders for My Documents, My Music, My Photos, etc. on the "C" drive. Is there a way to configure windows to created the Administrator and User accounts and data folders on the "D" drive by default?

 

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 08:55 AM

I don't know...but there is no reason fool around with the Windows configuration,  Google reflects http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18629-user-folders-change-default-location.html .

 

Any data files can simply be moved to another location...anytime that you desire.  Just because a file initially may be reflected in My Docs, etc...is no reason for it to permanently remain there.

 

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 11:46 AM

Thanks, Louis. I believe that the link that you provided will give me the information that I need.



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Posted 26 October 2015 - 12:12 PM

another Windows 7 forum topic - Change Default Locations [a few drawbacks given]

answers.microsoft.com topic - "...Move User Profile folders to D:\users" brings up a few warnings

I can't post the links for some reason, however, Warthog-Fan may want to know the possible problems of moving user profile folders.  Many software installations will be looking for default AppData Local, Roaming, Locallow on C.  And, any major reBuild or repair will very likely place all user folder defaults back to C.


Edited by RolandJS, 26 October 2015 - 12:13 PM.

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 12:18 PM

You may also want to take a look on how Windows 7 libraries function.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/10283/understanding-the-libraries-feature-in-windows-7/

 

http://lifehacker.com/5464350/get-to-know-windows-7-libraries-inside-and-out

 

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 01:38 PM

Roland & John,

 

Thanks for this extra info. I'll review all of the information that is referenced here and I'll at least be more knowledgeable when I'm done.






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