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Can I put "Users" on SD storage device card?

  1. #11

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    User State Migration Tool
    What about it? Does it move some things from %APPDTA% or are you recommending it? And plese turn off your typing avatar - there is no need for that.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    Windows 8.1
    On the Desktop in File Explorer can I switch "Users" from my" Windows (C local disk to my Secure Digital Storage Device card to gain some space on my hard drive?
    Thanks for any assistance!
    Moving Users off the system drive is a bad idea. If your secondary Users drive fails, you won't be able to boot into Windows, which hinders troubleshooting and prevents you from using the computer until you fix the problem, meaning you can't use, say, file-based backups of your important documents. That was something I actually encountered in Vista, and I documented what happens in 7 here:

    Windows 7 Help Forums - View Single Post - User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

    I would assume it's the same in 8; Microsoft still recommends not doing this. OTOH, if you move Downloads, Music, and other large folders using the supported methods in the Windows UI, the computer will still be usable if the secondary drive fails, and you achieve the lion's share of space saving.

    See this message for others such as Ed Bott who hold the same view and a link to the Microsoft TechNet article advising against moving Users:

    Windows 7 Help Forums - View Single Post - User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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