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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 & 7 Pro x64
       03 Mar 2016 #430

    Kari said: View Post
    Yes.
    I'll take that as a 'Yes' then
    and assume it's not a universal issue. Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 & 7 Pro x64
       04 Mar 2016 #431

    @Kari

    I'd like to know why this occurred as a consequnce of my particular moving operation; it seems to be related to this issue:

    The database was not brought to a Clean Shutdown state before it was removed (or possibly moved or renamed).

    so I hope you don't mind me asking a few more questions. To start; did you execute the move in audit mode during installation (your Method 1) or after (Method 2)?
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    Windows 10 Pro
       04 Mar 2016 #432

    omnescient said: View Post
    @Kari

    I'd like to know why this occurred as a consequnce of my particular moving operation; it seems to be related to this issue:

    The database was not brought to a Clean Shutdown state before it was removed (or possibly moved or renamed).

    so I hope you don't mind me asking a few more questions. To start; did you execute the move in audit mode during installation (your Method 1) or after (Method 2)?
    I normally never sysprep an existing Windows installation; the more Windows has been used, the more software and user data it contains, the more possibilities there is for something to go wrong.

    I only use sysprep to customize my install image, including the relocation of the Users folder on a clean, fresh install, booting to Audit Mode immediately after the installation has finished and Windows enters the OOBE phase.

    Short answer: always Method One. Method Two in my case only to test that it works, and to get screenshots for the tutorial / make videos of the process.

    Kari
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  4. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 & 7 Pro x64
       04 Mar 2016 #433

    Kari said: View Post
    I normally never sysprep an existing Windows installation; the more Windows has been used, the more software and user data it contains, the more possibilities there is for something to go wrong.

    I only use sysprep to customize my install image, including the relocation of the Users folder on a clean, fresh install, booting to Audit Mode immediately after the installation has finished and Windows enters the OOBE phase.

    Short answer: always Method One. Method Two in my case only to test that it works, and to get screenshots for the tutorial / make videos of the process.

    Kari
    That seems like good advice Kari; there are obviously many internal processes & services running, some with fixed parameters that are not modified during sysprepping (as I discovered here).

    I have 3 internal disks, one SSD for W7, one for W10, and a third (HDD) for data (which already has a partition dedicated to W7 user folders--documents, pictures, music etc.).

    If I were to re-install 10 and move the Users folder in audit mode during installation, I would have the data disk, where the Users folder would be located, connected and the 7 OS disk disconnected/disabled.

    However, having observed that W10 registers the W7 SSD OS partition before those on the data disk, the W10 Users location on the HDD will change once the W7 SSD is reconnected after the installation. I'm assuming I would have to assign a permanent letter to the partition I intend to use for W10's User folder before installation.

    Does that make sense? Well, no. Apologies for my fugue-state mentality.
    Last edited by omnescient; 04 Mar 2016 at 18:23.
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  5. Posts : 6
    windows 10 x64
       04 Mar 2016 #434

    move ONLY the Documents folder


    Hi Kari, I had already installed Windows 10 before finding this forum and want to move ONLY the Documents folder from my C: (Samsung 840 EVO SSD) to my E: drive (2TB HDD). What is the best way to do this? Are there any negative issues if I move only the Documents foldler rather than moving the whole Users folder from C: to E: ? Thanks for the help.
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    Windows 10 Pro
       05 Mar 2016 #435

    radar said: View Post
    I had already installed Windows 10 before finding this forum and want to move ONLY the Documents folder.
    You should change the storage location of the Documents folder as told in this tutorial: Storage Save Locations - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  7. Posts : 6
    windows 10 x64
       05 Mar 2016 #436

    Thanks Kari. I found a video on youtube (How to move folder to another drive in Windows 10 - YouTube) (I hope it's OK to post this link, I'm NOT trying to push this guy's youtube page, just trying to show where I got my info) showing me how to move the Document folder that entailed right clicking on the "Documents" folder, going to Properties, then the "Location" tab., where I changed location to my E: drive This method seems to have worked because, now, when I click on Libraries | Documents, I am shown the new folder location on my E: drive. However, when I check in the Windows 10 Settings | System | Storage| etc., I noticed that it was still set to the original default location on the C; drive. Does this create a conflict within Windows 10?
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    Posts : 10,619
    Windows 10 Pro
       05 Mar 2016 #437

    radar said: View Post
    Thanks Kari. I found a video on youtube (How to move folder to another drive in Windows 10 - YouTube)
    The method is detailed described in this tutorial at our sister site the Seven Forums, it applies to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10: User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

    To restore the folder to it's original location; Users Personal Folders - Restore Default Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    However, in Windows 10 it is much more practical and easy to do as I told you in my previous post: Storage Save Locations - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  9. Posts : 6
    windows 10 x64
       05 Mar 2016 #438

    Got it, thanks very much.
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  10. Posts : 2
    windows 10 home
       06 Mar 2016 #439

    Kari said: View Post
    Short answer: Read the tutorial!

    Long Answer: Seriously, read the tutorial! Those geeks who subscribe to this thread or just come back to read the last posts have noticed how I have criticized some new members who join to post a question which has been answered multiple times, in some cases in just the last post before someone posts the same question again.

    I know I should not do that, should not criticize, that I should just answer the same question again and again. That I have also done, my frustration is not and will not be prioritized higher than another member's need for assistance. I just complain because it really is frustrating .

    But in this case now, I hope you don't mind me criticizing a bit and asking why did you not read the tutorial before proceeding? The last part of the tutorial with the title written in really big font is called Upgrade. It addresses this issue as detailed as possible, explaining step by step what to do and how to proceed.

    When dealing with something you are not familiar with, it is never a good idea to read just a part of the tutorial, then decide "Oh I got it!" and stop reading.

    An extract from the tutorial, part Upgrade at the end of it:



    I repeat: Please read the tutorial.

    Kari
    i will...
    sorry
    Thank you ...
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