Bind harddrive to folder

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Poolbeer, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. Poolbeer

    Poolbeer Guest

    Hi,

    I had a thought lately about the new user profile folders.
    Currently in Windows XP you have a profile folder. In it resides the 'My
    Documents' and 'Favorites' folder.
    As I often try multiple os's on my pc I have a C partition of only 75 gigs.
    My second hard-drive is used as data-drive.
    Using the Disk-management tools I bound the drive to my 'My Documents'
    folder and relocated the favorites folder to reside in the documents folder
    on the new drive.
    But... with Vista comming around the profile folder is now a host for
    multiple document type folders like Music, Videos and offcourse Documents. I
    know I could logon as an administrator, move my profile to the new drive and
    bind it to the old location, but how to get this for all the users (ie.
    C:\Users\)
    Is there any possible way to achieve that?

    Long story short: Can I relocate the entire '\Users' folder to a new drive
    and bind it to that folder.
    If possible without editting the registry to say look for profiles on
    D:\users ...

    Thanks in advance!

    Greets,
    Martin
     
    Poolbeer, Mar 17, 2006
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  2. I know exactly what you mean - you can change the path of the My Documents
    folder to another computer or another partition/hard drive - I've got mine
    set to Z: which is a seperate drive.

    However... not that I know of are there any ways to do this in Vista... but
    still you can do this with "Documents" can't you - change the path... :eek:)

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    Zack Whittaker \(R2 Mentor\), Mar 17, 2006
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  3. Poolbeer

    Poolbeer Guest

    Yes it's possible to change only the 'Documents' folder, but Vista will have
    more folders next to the documents folder
    ie.
    \Users\<Profile>\Documents
    \Users\<Profile>\Music
    \Users\<Profile>\Videos
    etc.

    I can change the profile to another drive using mapping, but that will
    change it for only that user.
    If I would happen to have more than one user on the computer (actual user,
    not virtual like all users) I would
    have to move the entire Users folder. That isn't possible today either, I
    know but I was hoping that there would be a hack/workaround to this in Vista
    (possibly XP too).

    If there isn't no problem (as my pc is only used by me), but it would make
    life more plesant for me when reinstalling pc's for relatives who actually
    have more than one user.

    Greets,
    Martin
     
    Poolbeer, Mar 17, 2006
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  4. I'll submit it as a suggestion :eek:)

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    Zack Whittaker \(R2 Mentor\), Mar 17, 2006
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  5. Poolbeer

    Poolbeer Guest

    Thank you very much! In the mean time, only one user will have the fun ;)
    (namely me ^^)

    Greets,
    Martin
     
    Poolbeer, Mar 17, 2006
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  6. It could be done as an option at install time. It must also be able to
    re-use an existing "Users" folder in case of a clean reinstall (which also
    means the per-user hives need to be re-initialized).
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    Pierre Szwarc, Mar 18, 2006
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  7. Poolbeer

    Adahn Guest

    Long story short: Can I relocate the entire '\Users' folder to a new drive
    Download the "Junction" tool from www.sysinternals.com

    you'll need to do the shuffling from Recovery Console or the Vista PE, as
    messing with a system folder from within Windows will update any references
    to it in the Registry - which can become a real ugly mess.

    Say, create a new partition/volume U:

    COPY everything from C:\Users into U:

    Create an empty folder C:\Users.new

    Boot into the Recovery Console

    Bind U:\ to C:\Users.new

    Rename C:\Users to Users.old, and

    you get the idea :)



    Been always doing this with the "Program Files" folder since Windows 2000,
    but they really ought to make this possible within the UI.
     
    Adahn, Mar 19, 2006
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  8. Poolbeer

    Adahn Guest

    Long story short: Can I relocate the entire '\Users' folder to a new drive
    Download the "Junction" tool from www.sysinternals.com

    you'll need to do the shuffling from Recovery Console or the Vista PE, as
    messing with a system folder from within Windows will update any references
    to it in the Registry - which can become a real ugly mess.

    Say, create a new partition/volume U:

    COPY everything from C:\Users into U:

    Create an empty folder C:\Users.new

    Boot into the Recovery Console

    Bind U:\ to C:\Users.new

    Rename C:\Users to Users.old, and

    you get the idea :)



    Been always doing this with the "Program Files" folder since Windows 2000,
    but they really ought to make this possible within the UI.
     
    Adahn, Mar 19, 2006
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