How to move AppData files from C: to D: ?

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  1. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
       #1

    How to move AppData files from C: to D: ?


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    AppData has a "Location" tab in Properties. So I should be able to move it.

    I've forgotten what I need to do on the target partition.

    If anyone knows the URL for Shawn's tutorial, that will be fine.

    I think I need to do the following:

    - Create a folder on D: For example: D:\AppData

    - In the Location tab in C: enter D:\AppData

    BTW: Files on D: are stored in iDrive.

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 43,382
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Mine doesn't have such a tab. Nor is there a reference in the tutorials I've ever seen to moving appdata in that manner.

    Nor would I ever consider doing so.

    May I ask why you consider this necessary or appropriate? What problem are you trying to solve?

    As you say you see a Location tab, please post a screenshot clearly showing the location of the folder and the properties sheet for it. Thanks.
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  3. Posts : 6,652
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #3

    You can move the User profile (C:\Users) to another drive. As AppData is under your profile (C:\Users"Name"\AppData) when you move C:\Users to D:\Users it will also move AppData from C:\Users"Name"\AppData to D:\Users"Name"\AppData
    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10

    All my computers has \users on D: so I can guide you on the move.
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  4. Posts : 18,034
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       #4

    Hello @OldGrantonian,

    As stated, I certainly would NOT move the AppDAta folder without relocating the User Profile(s).

    I hope this helps.
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  5. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #5

    My AppData does not have a Location tab either.
    Is it possible that you relocated another user folder to AppData? That would give it a Location tab.


    Denis
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  6. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Megahertz said:
    You can move the User profile (C:\Users) to another drive. As AppData is under your profile (C:\Users"Name"\AppData) when you move C:\Users to D:\Users it will also move AppData from C:\Users"Name"\AppData to D:\Users"Name"\AppData
    Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10

    All my computers has \users on D: so I can guide you on the move.
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    @Megahertz:
    That's a very generous offer.

    Unfortunately, I no longer have the mental concentration needed to implement such a complex procedure.

    The @Brink method is 1-step. But I can't find the tutorial.

    BTW: For some reason, the following tutorial index seems easier to use than the index given within the tutorial section:

    Ten Forums Tutorials - Google Drive

    Thanks

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    Try3 said:
    My AppData does not have a Location tab either.
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    How to Add or Remove Location tab in Folder Properties in Windows 10

    Thanks
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  7. Posts : 43,382
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #7

    No reply so I'm out.
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  8. Posts : 23,787
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4651 (x64) [22H2]
       #8

    @OldGrantonian


    I wouldn't move that folder to a storage drive. It shouldn't be all that big.
    Moving the system/user folders around like that usually causes problems down the road.

    Generally, it's best to "install" large games or programs on the storage drive, and just leave the system/user folders where they are.
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  9. Posts : 378
    Windows 10 Home 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #9

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    Ghot said:
    Moving the system/user folders around like that usually causes problems down the road.
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    I agree 100% But.....

    I have memory issues, so I absolutely NEED popup reminders (Stickies) and and a note-taking app (CintaNotes).

    Before each Macrium Image, I need to remind myself (yeah - right!) to copy the contents of
    %APPDATA%\Roaming (ADR) to an external HDD (T:\)

    And before each Macrium Restore, I do a second copy of ADR to T:\

    So, already, I have some tricky matching and selection to manually consolidate the most up-to-date versions into a single version. Two instances of the apps can't be open simultaneously, so I need to open the most up-to-date instance and compare it with print-outs of the other instance.

    If I can move ADR to a different drive, that resolves the issue - IMO.

    Thanks
    Last edited by OldGrantonian; 07 Jun 2023 at 03:50.
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  10. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #10

    OldGrantonian said:
    AppData has a "Location" tab in Properties. So I should be able to move it.
    Try3 said:
    My AppData does not have a Location tab either.
    If you have deliberately added a Location tab to a folder then there's no telling what will happen if you use the Location tab to relocate it.
    As long as you've made a system image then you can experiment.


    OldGrantonian said:
    If I can move ADR to a different drive, that resolves the issue - IMO.
    And I understand why you want to try. Just don't lose sight of the fact that it is an experiment.
    When I've used the Location tab to relocate a user folder, it has not mattered whether the target folder path existed or not. There is slightly less work for Windows to do during the relocation process if the target folder path already exists and so there is slightly less risk of the job going wrong.


    Best of luck for your experiment,
    Denis
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