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User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

  1. #580


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    That procedure works exactly the same way in Windows 8 / 8.1,applies to Windows 8 / 8.1 too.
    I figured. Am kinda hoping I wont be needing the windows 8 install before windows 10 is launched anymore!

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  2. #581


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 pro


    Hi Kari,
    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!
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  3. #582


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Sorry to hear about your issues.
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  4. #583


    Posts : 1
    windows8 pro

    program installation


    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
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  5. #584


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by afcheen View Post
    I appreciate If you could answer my questions. Now I am trapped without a computer
    Hi Afcheen, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    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

    Kari
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  6. #585


    Posts : 3
    8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 14.04


    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)?
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  7. #586


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    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.
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  8. #587


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    8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 14.04


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    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.
    OK but C:\Users would then be "the root of D:" because the second HDD/partition would be mounted on C:\Users. So if AppData and Temp where at C:\Users they would indeed be in a separate disk/partition.
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  9. #588


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    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):

    Click image for larger version

    I created a folder naming it MountFolder, because it is empty I can now mount a drive to it:

    Click image for larger version

    In other words your idea would need the following:
    • 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.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 09 Dec 2014 at 13:38. Reason: Typos
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  10. #589


    Posts : 3
    8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 14.04


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    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):

    Click image for larger version

    I created a folder naming it MountFolder, because it is empty I can now mount a drive to it:

    Click image for larger version

    In other words your idea would need the following:
    • 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.

    Kari
    Wow that was a good explanation
    I see what you meant now, thanks!
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