should I relocate users folders to drive E: or create folders

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  1. ils
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    should I relocate users folders to drive E: or create folders


    Thanks to all your help, Ive managed to clean install win 10 and rebuild all my win 7 programs on three PCs. My last task is to decide whether to mimic the win 7 setup on my big video editing machine. In its win 7 incarnation, the \users\ils and \users\public folders were on the E:\ hard drive (the operating system on the C: partition). Now I have installed win 10 on a 512 GB SSD c: drive, and have E:\ and F:\ drives with 6 TB and 8TB for storage and video processing. The question is whether I should 1) relocate/move the users folders using Sysprep to the E: drive, as it was earlier, or 2) just ignore the users\subfolders now on C:\ and create four functional subfolders (documents, music, pictures, videos) on the E:\ drive for storage as before. Any advice on the benefits of 1) ove 2)? Ive studied Kari Finns tenforums tutorial How to Move Users Folder to another Location in Windows 10" and it looks a bit tricky.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    I just use the folder location property to move my user subfolders:
    How to move Windows 10 default user folders to another drive | Windows Central
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  4. ils
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    Thanks to both of you for suggesting that I move the folders instead of relocating the entire Users folders. It certainly look easier. Are there any downsides, other than having to reset where to download in each of my programs, e.g., browsers, WordPerfect, MS word excel . . . ?
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    If you reset or refresh Windows, you will most likely need to move the folders again.
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  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Your programs, such as MS Word should save to the Documents library, not the folder itself. When you the documents library to the data drive, Word should follow that library move automatically.
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  7. ils
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    Brink said:
    If you reset or refresh Windows, you will most likely need to move the folders again.
    Thats a constraint. What would be the disadvantage of wholly ignoring the users folders altogether and just creating independent folders for my docs and media?
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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    If you are going to make independent folders anyway, then why not take the one extra step to redirect your libraries to them? IE: move C:\Users\John\Documents to the folder D:\Documents that you create?

    Note: D:\Documents will survive intact even if you delete the user account John or reinstall Windows.
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  9. ils
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    NavyLCDR said:
    If you are going to make independent folders anyway, then why not take the one extra step to redirect your libraries to them? IE: move C:\Users\John\Documents to the folder D:\Documents that you create?

    Note: D:\Documents will survive intact even if you delete the user account John or reinstall Windows.
    I guess I misunderstood Brink to say that "If you reset or refresh Windows, you will most likely need to move the folders again." NavyLCDR, you are saying that I won't have to move them 'back to e.g., D:\Documents that you create ' anyway if there's a reset or refresh?
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  10. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    ils said:
    I guess I misunderstood Brink to say that "If you reset or refresh Windows, you will most likely need to move the folders again." NavyLCDR, you are saying that I won't have to move them 'back to e.g., D:\Documents that you create ' anyway if there's a reset or refresh?
    Your files will all stay in D:\Documents. If you reset or refresh Windows 10, you will have to change the properties of the folders under your user folder to point to them again.
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