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W7. How to move user folders from C: to an internal storage Drive.

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Before moving your user folders from the system Drive, usually C:, you should be aware of the following.

Things can go wrong, so the following instructions are done at your own risk, not a big issue if you have a fresh OS install, but

If you have an existing system running, you should have recovery media to hand and backed up your Data.


If you use the built in Windows Tool to image the Drive and you have moved (relocated) User Folders to a different location, (Data Storage Drive), Windows now counts all of that drive as part of the system.  The image then created could be very large and storing it could be a problem.


Some free third party software allows selective Drive and Partition imaging + Recovery Media and backups.   I use and recommend > http://www.macrium.c...eflectfree.aspx

Tutorial on how to use Macrium, NB. When you upgrade Maciumto a later version, You must create a new Recovery disc. > http://www.sevenforu...ee-macrium.html


An image is a snap shot of the system on the date it is taken.   If you restore the system using that image, updates, installed programs or Data is overwritten.   It is like using a Restore Point, but, everything new since you took the image is lost.   

Most times an image restore is used because of a disaster so, you should have Recovery media and a regular backup method in place, Backup you Data, Your new storage drive is not a backup, it is a working drive, 


To start, make sure to Create a Restore Point. . 

A 1TB 7200 RPM, 64MB cache is the most cost effect drive.   It should be freshly formatted and empty.   Give it a meaningful label like, Data.


When you have finished moving the User/s folders, Create a restore Point.

Clean up the System Drive using the Windows and Browser tools.   Defrag the HDD. Do not defrag a SSD.

You may need to crate new Recovery Media...Image the Drives.

If you have questions, please post.  



Click on the first step to go full screen, then use the Next/Prev tabs on the sides of the image. 

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