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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #320


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    I wonder if anyone can help me. I followed this tutorial in order to move my users folder from C: to D: as my C drive is a small raptor (about 80GB) and my D drive is a rather large 1TB. I always install all programs to my D drive, but my C drive has been reporting low disk space recently and I have found that 30GB is in the users folder (most of it seems to be in a sub folder that I just can't find).

    Anyway, after following this tutorial, my PC rebooted back into audit mode. When I then selected to boot back into OOBE, during the reboot I got an installation error. Now, every time I boot my PC I get an installation error (Windows failed to complete the installation.) I press OK, PC reboots and error appears again.

    Before I started this process I created a restore point just in case, but I bought a download copy of windows 8 so I'm not sure how I can recover from this.

    Any suggestions please?

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  2. #321


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro


    Kari,

    thank you very much for the professional, clear and understandable description of this procedure.
    Everything worked well, and the result was a described.

    However, the execution became rather exciting at the end, when several restarts occurred: It took a quite long time, in the order of an hour or more, until something happened again. But I didn't loose confidence, and was rewarded by a perfect result. Possibly, the long duration was due to my fully activated 3000 GB disk.

    Gerhard
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  3. #322


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro

    Move user folder after upgrade from Win 8 to Win 8 Pro?


    Hi

    This is a great tutorial. My apologies in advance if this question has been answered already, but you say this method cannot be done if you have upgraded eg from Win 8 to Win 8 Pro.

    Is there any other way to move the user folders once I have done such an upgrade or do I have to right back to square one and reinstall Windows 8?

    Any advice gratefully received!

    JGG
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  4. #323


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    I followed this guide 6 months ago and everything has been running smoothly (with the exception of some permission issues.) I currently have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center installed on a PCI SSD, and my user files on a two-drive spanned partition. I will be changing my setup slightly and will be using the spanned drives as DVR storage and will set up a RAID array for the user files. My question is, what is the best way to do this with the least amount of reconfiguring?

    Obviously re-installing Windows would definitely work, but it would require the most set-up so it's my last resort.

    I could change the user location back to C:\, set up the RAID array, then switch users to the RAID array. I don't know if this will work or what would be involved.

    I could set up the RAID array, then copy all files with permissions over to the RAID array from my current spanned drives. Then use a bootable partition manager to swap the drive letters of the RAID array and spanned drives so Windows is tricked into thinking nothing has changed. I think this would be easiest to do, but I have no idea if it would work.

    If anyone could give me any advice, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
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  5. #324


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Hi. Im currently in the process and i have a question. (downloaded the relocate.rar file and switched the file type to all files, and renamed it relocate.xml and saved it directly on my E: hard drive) At step 2.2.1 there is the command:
    cd c:\Windows\System32\Sysprep. But on the picture below it sais: C:\Windows\System32\CD Sysprep. Which of these do i have to use?
    Also when i enter the
    Sysprep.exe /audit /reboot /unattend:E:\relocate.xml command at step 2.2.1 and press enter it just sais: A fatal error occured while trying to sysprep the machine. Please help!!! i want to move the users folder
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  6. #325


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by ro0415 View Post
    Hi. Im currently in the process and i have a question. (downloaded the relocate.rar file and switched the file type to all files, and renamed it relocate.xml and saved it directly on my E: hard drive) At step 2.2.1 there is the command:
    cd c:\Windows\System32\Sysprep. But on the picture below it sais: C:\Windows\System32\CD Sysprep. Which of these do i have to use?
    Also when i enter the
    Sysprep.exe /audit /reboot /unattend:E:\relocate.xml command at step 2.2.1 and press enter it just sais: A fatal error occured while trying to sysprep the machine. Please help!!! i want to move the users folder
    The first command cd c:\Windows\System32\Sysprep will work whatever is your current directory location. This simply says change my directory to the windows\system32\sysprep directory on the c drive. So I would use that command.

    The command shown in the picture is a shorthand version of the above for someone who is already in the system32 directory on the c drive.

    I am no expert at this level of windows but two quick questions:

    1 Have you run any updates on windows prior to trying this?

    Sysprep will only work on a clean install from original media. So if you have run for example an upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7 or an upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro, or installed any Windows security updates, Sysprep will fail. The only solution I have found from extensive searching is to reinstall Windows 8 from the original media. Obviously you need to back up all your program data and user data files before doing this, and you will lose any customisation.

    2 Are you sure all your drive letters are correct in the commands you are using and you have the location of the files correct? '

    The drive letters used in the tutorial are examples. You need to ensure you have the correct drive letters for your machine in place.


    Hope that helps or at least offers some clarity. The author of this tutorial appears no longer engaged with this discussion.

    Good luck
    JGG
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  7. #326



    The Contemplator
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    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    There is a much simpler way to do this, and it involves an edit to the registry. I've used this method on all my installations without any problems.

    To have all subsequent accounts have their user data on the U drive/partition

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList]
    "ProfilesDirectory"=hex(2):75,00,3a,00,5c,00,75,00,73,00,65,00,72,00,73,00,00,00
    Note that I have used the U drive as an example here, as it is what I use. To change this to a drive of your choice, replace the highlighted value above with the appropriate hex code.

    To reset to the default of having subsequent accounts having their user data on the C drive (note that accounts created whilst their data location was on the other drive/partition will still read/write their information there).

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList]
    "ProfilesDirectory"=hex(2):63,00,3a,00,5c,00,75,00,73,00,65,00,72,00,73,00,00,00
    Last edited by Dwarf; 23 Sep 2013 at 08:23. Reason: Better highlighting of value to change (now in RED).
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  8. #327


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi Dwarf - thanks for that post - great to hear from a more experienced user

    There is no indication in the above as to which piece of hex code refers to the U drive

    Also from reading other posts, I have a couple of questions

    (i) is this the only change needed?

    see for example here Win7: how do I move user folder to a different drive - Microsoft Community

    which refers to the need to use junctions.

    (ii) does this allow upgrades etc to operate?

    see comment stream on User Profile - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums and also

    Microsoft notes that updates may be blocked at Relocation of the Users directory and the ProgramData directory to a disk drive other than the disk drive that contains the Windows directory in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and later operating systems

    Thanks for any guidance - I have been trying to navigate this for a very long time!!

    Best wishes
    JGG
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  9. #328


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Hi,

    I tried your method but everytime I try to run Sysprep I get the 'Fatal error occurred' message. Any idea how to work with that? I'm doing a clean install by the way.
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  10. #329


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Thanks,
    JollyGreenGiant. I am using windows 8 oem, but i have updated windows many tims so that has to be the problem. I have one more question for you. I have a windows 8 oem disk with a single time use, and i have uploaded it to my computer. is it possible to reinstall windows 8 without having to buy it again?
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