I haven’t posted any tutorials yet, but I feel the need to start doing so now 🙂
This is a tutorial with THREE (3) simple steps on how to change the default location of the windows users’ folder, to any other other folder or drive. It’s so simple, and it works on windows XP/Vista/7/8 🙂
From “My Computer”, browse to “Users” (on XP, browse to “Documents and Settings”) and then enter the folder of the user who’s folders you would like to move. Leave this window open.
Next, open a new window and create a new folder for this user (probably with the same name) in the new location where you wish to move their files (eg. I create “User Files” on another partition, inside which I then create UserX ). Once done, leave this window open next to the first window.
Final step, select all (CTRL + A) the files from the window in step 1 (excluding hidden folders), then right-click and drag the selected files from the first window (original location) into the second window (new location), then release. In the popup menu that appears, select “Move here” and that’s it!
A few notes
- Make sure no documents, files, videos, photos, etc are open while you’re doing this
- Don’t move hidden folders as these are system files and might cause errors while moving
- If you have a playlist listing files in any of the folders you moved, you may have to create the play list again because the location of the files would change
- I usually move the files into another partition. This way, I can format my computer repeatedly without losing a single file or document (will just have to re install my applications again)
Let me know how it went, or if you had problems 🙂