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Creating directory junctions that keeps existing files.

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    Windows 8.1 Update 1 + Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 (Hackintosh)

    Creating directory junctions that keeps existing files.


    Hi all,

    I got an excellent deal on an SSD (it's hard to beat free ;D ). It's incredibly small is the only problem, however. Only 32GB's. Anyways I installed windows on it, and before I've even entered the setup, I went back into the install CD, open command prompt and robocopied the Users and Program Files (x86) to my 2TB HDD. But now I have a problem...

    In windows 7 you could have easily moved the 'Program Files' and 'ProgramData' directories over to another HDD and it would have worked just fine. However, the metro protection crap on Windows 8 forbids you from doing this... Well I mean you could, but it would result in no windows updates (updates will always fail) and Metro apps will fail to start and will not install. So I HAVE to keep the existing files inside the program files/programdata located on the boot drive.

    If I had a larger SSD, this wouldn't really be a problem, however because mine is so small, there no room for any new information on that drive once windows is installed. However, I still want to receive updates and use metro apps. So my question is...

    Does anyone know how to keep existing files on a partition, but then create a link to a different Volumw that any new directories will be written to?

    Thanks everyone! It's greatly appreciated! :) Even if it's not possible, an answer telling me so would be awesome :)
    Last edited by SwampFox56; 26 May 2014 at 21:40.

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Have a look at this and see if it might help, User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
    Or maybe this, User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Another option may be to set the SSD drive up as a cache drive and install Windows to the spinner drive.
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    Windows 8.1 Update 1 + Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 (Hackintosh)


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Have a look at this and see if it might help, User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
    Or maybe this, User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Another option may be to set the SSD drive up as a cache drive and install Windows to the spinner drive.
    Unfortunately, the above links don't work for Windows 8 as Microsoft has locked down the operating system. You cannot move any directories (eg. Program Files, Program Files (x86), ProgramData, User folders) without having an amassment of issues. I actually followed your advise and setup the SDD as a cache drive, but I still wanted the insane bootspeeds so I also manually copied over the EFI partition to the SSD.

    However, Windows 8 does not play nice when it comes to having seperate paritions on an SSD cache drive and therefore, even though I set everything to use the SSD as cache - it refuses to because of stupid 200MB efi partition... oh Microsoft...
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    What you can do (I did) is relocate My Documents, My Pictures, Desktop, Downloads.
    Just go to the original location, choose Properties, choose Location, and relocate. Works fine on my W 8.1.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SwampFox56 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Have a look at this and see if it might help, User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk
    Or maybe this, User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Another option may be to set the SSD drive up as a cache drive and install Windows to the spinner drive.
    Unfortunately, the above links don't work for Windows 8 as Microsoft has locked down the operating system. You cannot move any directories (eg. Program Files, Program Files (x86), ProgramData, User folders) without having an amassment of issues. I actually followed your advise and setup the SDD as a cache drive, but I still wanted the insane bootspeeds so I also manually copied over the EFI partition to the SSD.

    However, Windows 8 does not play nice when it comes to having seperate paritions on an SSD cache drive and therefore, even though I set everything to use the SSD as cache - it refuses to because of stupid 200MB efi partition... oh Microsoft...
    The second link works, I have all my user folders on a separate partition on all 4 of my PC's.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Also, why do you have an EFI partition on your SSD? I run two SSD drives in my laptop and the EFI partition is only on the Boot drive. My second Data drive only has one partition on it.
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    You could try to move the Non Microsoft contents (third party software) under "Program Files" And "Program Data" to another HD and create a junction link for it. Use Link Shell Extension to make the job easy.
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    windows 10 build 10041, windows server 2008 r2, arch linux


    maybe turn program files, appdata...etc into mount points when installtion?
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    Free is only good if what you get is useful. A 32GB OS boot drive is not. Bottom line you need a larger SSD.

    I ran with a 120GB SSD for a couple years and now have a 250GB SSD. Both worked well.

    32GB is just too small.
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