Store data on Data disk always

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Low Tech Guy, Jul 13, 2008.

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    Low Tech Guy Guest

    Simply stated, I want all data that I own stored on my second drive [d:].

    I moved all the Users folders , i.e. Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music,
    Videos, Contacts, etc. to the D drive. Most programs recognize this and
    automatically save files to the appropriate locations by default. For
    example, the Office applications will save documenst and spreadsheets to the
    D:\Users\MyUserName\Documents folder and programs like Photoshop save image
    files appropriately in the Pictures folder in D. iTunes saves my music
    downloads to Music in D.

    All seems to be well, except that some programs appear to store data to
    C:\Users\MyUserName\AppData\Roaming. I'm sure this default location is set
    for a reason but when I backup important data, I don't want to have to
    search in different places for it. That was my purpose in moving my data
    folders to the D drive. Theoretically, all the data I care about is stored
    in D:\Users\MyUserName\FolderName.

    Is there a way for me to change the default location from
    C:\Users\MyUserName\AppData\Roaming to something like
    D:\Users\MyUserName\AppData\Roaming? Also, would changing that default
    location have saved me from having had to manually move each of the user
    folders individually?
    Low Tech Guy, Jul 13, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    You can't move or redirect that file structure. Appdata is used for
    virtualizing programs, and those that have to be run in compatibility mode
    will end up with data stored there for the user account.
    Rick Rogers, Jul 14, 2008
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