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

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


    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!

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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I don't know if it's possible but on my system the users folder only uses 2.63 GB. Why not move the individual library folders to the other drive. I have my libraries on the second internal drive and the have a total of 450GB.
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    Thanks Cliff F.
    My "Users" folder uses 21.IGb, of that "robinp" uses that 21.1Gb. In "robinp", "AppData" uses 10.4Gb and "OneDrive" uses 10.5Gb. I know I could gain from right clicking "One Drive" and select "Make available online only" and eventually I may have to do that. However, at the moment I would prefer to leave it on my PC. Maybe I can just install "App Data" on my SD storage card if that is possible. What do you think?
    At the moment I only have 10.4Gb left on my hard drive (C.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    App data is a system file, it holds changes that will be made at next boot and .INI files that have program settings. See this article.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Have you tried using Disk Cleanup as an administrator? To clean more using windows clean-up:

    • Start> Run then type or cut&paste:
    • Code:
      cleanmgr.exe sageset:10
    • Press Enter
    • look through what all can be cleaned in the window that appears and choose
    • click Clean up system files
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    App data is a system file, it holds changes that will be made at next boot and .INI files that have program settings. See this article.
    No, AppData is a hidden directory. If you use the mail app or Windows Live Mail it holds your e-mails and can therefore get quite big. You can't just copy it elsewhere but you could follow this tutorial User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk

    Slightly simpler for OneDrive you can right click on it and select Locations tab. This you can easily move to your SD card.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Thanks adamf for correcting, Yeah I meant directory, but there are files used by the system in there:
    Attachment 56960

    and there is a very good reason that it's hidden... so we don't mess with it!
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    Thanks to both of you.
    If I can't transfer "AppData" then I think you're might Adamf, I'll just put all my OneDrive contents on my SDcard.
    However, if I do that, what happens when I select the OneDrive app on the Start screen? Will it show anything?
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    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Guys, gals, if the OP moves certain Windows folders from default locations to nonDefault locations, won't that become a problem if Windows has to be rolled back to previous backed up factory-spec'd image, or earlier system restore point, or even with certain programs that default to certain folders? What about if OP educates all programs to save data onto OneDrive? And, moves created data from user appdata folders over onto OneDrive? To me, that would similar to having an OS partition and a data partition. Better in the longhaul, better for separate image back ups/restores?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    User State Migration Tool
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