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move User profiles to a different drive

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    Windows 8.1 Pro/LinuxMint/Mac OS X

    move User profiles to a different drive


    Hi everyone,

    So I have a SSD that is loaded with my OS (C: )
    and a HDD 1TB.(B: )

    I would like to move the User profiles to the HDD.
    What is the best way to do this?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
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    Windows 8.1


    Move the c:\Users folder entirely to your HDD, say d:\Users

    Open a cmd prompt - AS ADMINISTRATOR - and type "mklink /j c:\Users d:\Users" (or whatever your new path is) without the quotes and that will create a symbolic link from the SSD to the HDD.

    You need to make sure that the folder does not exist in the target drive (ie c:\) for this to work.

    You can also do this with programs in your Program Files directories if you want to free up space, although you will lose the speed advantage of the SSD, so maybe just programs you don't use too often.

    S.

    Quote Originally Posted by LegacyOfWax View Post
    Hi everyone,

    So I have a SSD that is loaded with my OS (C: )
    and a HDD 1TB.(B: )

    I would like to move the User profiles to the HDD.
    What is the best way to do this?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
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move User profiles to a different drive
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