Move user folder loc'n: pls confirm - pgms will store data on d:\ HDD


  1. JLB
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       #1

    Move user folder loc'n: pls confirm - pgms will store data on d:\ HDD


    Dell laptop, Win10Pro, c:\ SSD 100GB, d:\ HDD 900GB

    Before I follow Kari's step-by-step tutorial:

    I just want someone to confirm that after I have run Kari's tutorial all (or almost all) programs will, in future, store data only on d:\ on a go-forward basis.

    Thanks
    JLB
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  2. Posts : 36,232
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Could you post a link to said tutorial please? Thanks!
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  3. JLB
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Forgot to include link


    Of course ... how could I have forgotten to include a link in my original post!?!?!? Sorry for the omission.

    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10

    JLB
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  4. Posts : 3,745
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
       #4

    Microsoft does NOT recommend moving C:\Program Files, and C:\Program Files (x86) or C:\Program Data you should just move. your User Files (ie) Documents, Pictures, Music. etc This will save a lot of space on your C:\ Drive.
    If that is what you want, there is an easy method. Open your D:\ Data storage drive. Create a new folder called User or whatever. Open this folder and create new folders for Documents, Pictures, Music and everything else in the C:\User\[UserName] directory. Now open this directory on the C: drive and right click each user folder (ie) Documents etc. Choose Properties\Location and choose Move browse to the folder of the same name on the D:\ drive . It will say it is moving all files to this new location., press OK. Do this for all user files. Now when you click the shortcut on the desktop it will lead to the D: drive. When you save a Document, Picture etc to the Shortcuts that were on your C: drive, they will now save to the appropriate on the D:\ Drive.
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  5. JLB
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       #5

    Oh, that's a very simple and straightforward way to go about things. Thank you for suggesting this method. I'll give it a try over the weekend.

    JLB
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  6. Posts : 36,232
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    It looks as if that's true to a significant extent, as moving Users moves %appdata% and the default Documents, Videos folders where programs create data by default.

    However, that does not include
    C:\ProgramData
    (normally hidden).
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  7. JLB
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       #7

    That seems to working just fine. Thank you for the suggestion!

    I'm not going to mark this as "solved" for a day or two as there are a few things I want to check out first.

    Regards
    JLB

    EDIT: to Dalchina - Folders AppData (hidden), Dropbox (not hidden), MicrosoftEdgeBackups (hidden), OneDrive (not hidden) and Roaming (not hidden) did not have a tab for Location so I guess there's too much hardcoded in Win10 to allow them to be moved.
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  8. Posts : 36,232
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Some of those are under Users...
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