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Changing path of Default "User" folder to another drive.

by greg.englar / April 11, 2011 11:53 AM PDT

I am currently running Windows 7 64-bit off of an 80 GB SSD while storing the majority of my programs (and documents, videos, etc.) on my 1 TB other drive. I am quickly running out of space on the SSD and I think it has to do with the fact that it keeps my saved game files there in the User directory while some saves stay on the F (1 TB) drive. Is there a way to transfer/redirect the profile so that it defaults to saving in a User folder on my F drive?

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SymLink?
by greg.englar / April 11, 2011 11:56 AM PDT

Would copying the AppData folder to my F drive and then have it be SymLinked to a folder on the C drive do the trick? Or will my games/programs still write directly to the C drive?

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That would not be a good idea
by Jimmy Greystone / April 11, 2011 12:18 PM PDT

That would not be a good idea, and in fact if you tried it, it would probably make your system unbootable.

You could potentially move just the saved games directory somewhere else. NTFS has something similar to symlinks, though I have to admit I forget the particulars as I've never really had the need for them. THAT might work, but you'd want to keep the core of the user profile on the boot drive.

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"Microsoft-Approved" way to change special folder locations.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2011 1:03 PM PDT
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