I was trying to swap my D (user folder) drive for a larger one. This post
User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
Took me a while to get back to you. I chose method 1, system image. It failed. My backup drive seemed to have problems. Windows told me to do a chkdsk /r which ran all night and told me there were 1024 bad clusters. After the repair, system recovery gave me the same error message. So I will simply do a clean install and then copy the contents of my old user folder to my new drive.
Thanks for your help!
Sorry to hear about your issues.
Hi Kari ;
thanks for this instructions, I have ran to couples of problems after installation , I had windows8 pro, as you had suggested I did not upgrade to windows8.1 pro before the procedure. after all setting completed I can not upgrade tto Windows 8.1 pro!!!. and also I can not install my Autodesk Software as well. these two programs are not able to recognize the drive. After reviewing your entire post , I came a cross the correction you have made in regard to line 6-7 & 11. While I have install the windows OS on my SSD and User files on new HD with the first script instruction I am wondering if my set up is corrupted or when you do these separations we can not install some programs such as Autodesk or later upgrades for OS.
I appreciate If you could answer my questions. Now I am trapped without a computer
To start with, this procedure works every time without issues when done as instructed. Before upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 you need to reverse the relocation, move Users folder back to C: as told many times in this thread. Additionally the whole process is fully explained in this tutorial at our sister site the Ten Forums: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10
Hello, thank you for this howto. I just did that to move my Users folder out of my SSD drive but I was wondering if this could also be done by mounting the entire D: drive on the C:\Users folder. I saw in "Computer management" that I can mount a drive to a folder. Has anyone tried it? Isn't this a better solution (it would work like linux)?
Hi Mousi, welcome to the Eight Forums.
No, it's not a better solution. The whole idea of this method is that the main profile folder Users is relocate, not on C: drive. Doinf it the way you described would keep for instance AppData and Temp folders under personal profiles in C:\Users and slowly fill the C: drive.
Seems I explained myself not clearly enough. Let's try again.
First, a drive can be mounted only to an empty folder. You cannot mount let's say drive D: to C:\Users because it is not empty. Some screenshots to show what I mean, first one showing selecting the Users folder (in my case E:\Users) as mount point is not possible as can clearly be seen because the OK button is disabled (grayed out):
I created a folder naming it MountFolder, because it is empty I can now mount a drive to it:
- Move (relocate) the Users folder to another drive with Sysprep
- After carefully checking that no applications insist of using the original C:\Users folder remove any remaining content from it, or alternatively if after the Sysprep process the C:\Users does not exist as often is the case, create it
- Mount the drive where you relocated the Users folder to this now empty C:\Users
Do you see where this is going? You would now have a totally unnecessary folder C:\Users which would act as an equally unnecessary mounting point to the drive that actually contains your Users folder.
Last edited by Kari; 09 Dec 2014 at 13:38. Reason: Typos