How do I move 'Users" folder from C (SSD) to F (HDD) drive? Solved

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  1.    4 Weeks Ago #11

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I just changed the location in folder properties and had no data loss on the first day upgrade to 1809. I don't relocate the entire users folder though. I relocate the folders inside my specific user folder, such as Documents, Videos, Pictures, etc.
    That is what I would like to do. Did you do the clean installation as described above, with Sysprep?
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       4 Weeks Ago #12

    therealsimpsons said: View Post
    That is what I would like to do. Did you do the clean installation as described above, with Sysprep?
    What @NavyLCDR described does not require Sysprep because it only relocates a single user profile folder, like for instance Documents. It is done after the installation or in an existing installation from folder properties. Here's a tutorial for that: Documents Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    The difference with that method and relocating the whole Users folder is, that in above mentioned method, you have to manually change the location of each user profile one by one, and repeat this for other user accounts if / when required.

    The Sysprep method relocates the whole Users folder to another partition or drive. it moves all existing and all future user profiles and each and every folder in those user profiles at once. For instance, on this laptop I am using to write this, my Documents folder is E:\Users\Kari\Documents, my AppData folder is E:\Users\Kari\AppData, my Temp folder is E:\Users\Kari\AppData\Local\Temp, and so on. I have no need to manually relocate individual folders.

    If I now create a new user JohnDoe, its profile folder will be automatically created on E: drive, being E:\Users\JohnDoe.

    Kari
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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #13

    It depends on how many users you have on your computer. I only have myself on the computer, so it's no big deal to move each individual folder once after a clean install.
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       4 Weeks Ago #14

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    It depends on how many users you have on your computer. I only have myself on the computer, so it's no big deal to move each individual folder once after a clean install.
    Just to clarify:

    I am in no way against the method you have chosen, nor am I criticizing it. For some users, it's all they need.

    In my case, I have on this laptop a 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. For me, keeping Users folder on C: on SSD would be outright stupid. Currently, my user profile folder is over 300 GB, there's no way I could have it on C: drive.

    My solution is to use SSD, the C: drive only for Windows. All software (at the moment over 70 GB) is and will be installed on the 1 TB HDD, partition D:. The same with Users folder (Currently over 300 GB), which is completely relocated to HDD to partition E:

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    This makes it possible to have a well working system with lots of software and user data on a system with only a 128 GB system disk (SSD). At the moment it has 64 GB free, although it contains a parent VHD for my Hyper-V differencing disks (11.4 GB), and Windows.old folder (25.2 GB, 18.1 GB on disk) because I have not yet deleted it after last Insider build upgrade a few days ago.

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    Deleting Windows.old would give me over 80 GB free on 128 GB system SSD, even when installed software and user data are using close to 400 GB.

    Kari
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #15

    @therealsimpsons,

    @Kari actually posted a link to the tutorial describing how to relocate the library folders under your user folder:
    Documents Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  6.    4 Weeks Ago #16

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    @therealsimpsons,

    @Kari actually posted a link to the tutorial describing how to relocate the library folders under your user folder:
    Documents Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 | Tutorials
    Before I started, I created a system image, and a recovery boot disk.

    Something went wrong. Most assuredly on my end. I followed this tutorial to the letter. I selected my F drive as the destination folder to move the files. When I checked, the files from C drive were all in each folder that I created on F. However, the files were also still in the folders on C drive, where I expected them to be empty. When I tried to restore defaults for each folder, I got a message that said those folders; C:\user\documents, etc. no longer exist. I checked the properties on each folder (which still contained the files..it seems they were only copied, not moved) and the properties showed this: F:\documents, etc.

    Where did I go wrong? I right clicked on the folder in C..selected properties..clicked location...clicked move..clicked ok...browsed to F drive and selected the folder I created..clicked ok and then yes when asked if I wanted to move all of the files.
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  7.    4 Weeks Ago #17

    How are you checking your C: drive? Open Explorer, on the left click on This PC. On the right double click the C: drive icon. Then Users, then your user name. If you just click on Documents or Downloads on the left side of Explorer, you are viewing the library, not the actual folder on the drive, and you library pointer should be set to your F: drive folders.
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  8.    4 Weeks Ago #18

    I did it! I did it! Thank you so much to the posters who contributed. I used the tutorial from Brink, and the help from NavyLCDR to accomplish my goal. I can't say enough how much I appreciate the help. It works perfectly, and my C:\ drive went down to 84GB!

    I'm a happy computer user!!
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  9.    4 Weeks Ago #19

    Glad it worked for you!
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