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#1 JohnDohe

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 11:48 AM

Mod Edit:  Merged topics - Hamluis.

Hi,

 

I just got a new pc for my wife with two (2) 256GB Program SSD's,

two (2) 1-TB Data SSD's all done up in a RAID config and Windows 7 Pro.

 

Her old Win10 pc has one (1) 256GB SSD Program drive and

one (1) 1-TB HDD Data drive.

 

I successfully backed up her desktop and data from the old Win10 pc

onto a flash drive & then restored the desktop from the old Win10 pc to the

Desktop folder in Windows Explorer of her new Win7 pc by going to

Windows Explorer > Desktop and pasting the contents of the Win10 pc's Desktop.

 

I did the same thing for the contents of the Win10 Data drive, pasting the contents

of the Data into the 1-TB SSD (D) drive folder of the new Windows 7 pc.

 

Now the problem: my wife likes to keep everything on her desktop.  This

eventually lead to the Win10 256GB Program drive getting used up.

 

The old Win10 pc had a trick done by someone not available anymore.

 

He was able, somehow, to (I think) essentially make the entire desktop

(or maybe each icon on it, as well as all future items) a shortcut to

something on the 1-TB Data D-drive.  This freed-up the 256GB SSD

Program drive for programs, only.

 

Now I need to do the same thing on her new Win7 pc, but I don't know how.

 

I'm not a real techie, so if someone does know about this, please reply with

exact, detailed, instructions.

 

Thanks so much!


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#2 SleepyDude

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 03:52 PM

Hi,

 

This article: https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-move-windows-7-personal-folders-my-documents-another-drive.htm explains how to move several user folders including the Desktop


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Posted 15 March 2018 - 12:27 PM

Does anyone know of a reason why NOT to move an entire user profile

from its default location in C:\Users\(username) to, say, the D drive?

 

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 01:44 PM

Hi!

Anyone know of a reason NOT to move my entire C:\Users\(myusername) profile from its default location in C drive to my D drive ?

I'm talking the entire User profile.

Is there a reason NOT to do this?

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 01:55 PM

why do you want to move your user profile to another drive? http://www.zdnet.com/article/dont-move-your-windows-user-profiles-folder-to-another-drive/



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Posted 15 March 2018 - 02:01 PM

@ Mason21

 

My wife keeps everything on her desktop, which is in her

User profile, on C-drive.

 

C-drive is almost used up.

 

I wanted to install a new program and the message said there wasn't enough room on C.

 

So I want ALL data-type stuff to be on D-drive.



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Posted 15 March 2018 - 04:05 PM

Hi,

 

Does anyone know of a reason why NOT to move an entire user profile

from its default location in C:\Users\(username) to, say, the D drive?

 

Messing with the full user profile is dangerous! the way Microsoft recommends to do it is during Windows installation because the Windows setup needs to have a configuration with the correct configuration for that.


Edited by SleepyDude, 15 March 2018 - 04:05 PM.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 02:53 AM

Why don't you open two different or (3 different ((Admin)))) on bottom and user on top?



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:30 PM

@ Mason21

 

"Why don't you open two different or (3 different ((Admin)))) on bottom and user on top?"

 

WHAAAT???



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Posted 17 March 2018 - 09:24 AM

Let's stick to the subject of the OP...and not engage in off-topic comments that are not informative and thereby...of value to the OP.

 

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