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    Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2 bui

    Is it possible to configure Windows XP so that the Documents and Settings folder is located in another directory (i.e. not the root directory)? The Documents and Settings folder is very large and constantly changing. I feel it would make for better defragging if it were on a separate drive. If this is possible what steps are involved if and when I re-format my hard disks.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2 bui

    I think you are making a problem of something that isn't a problem.

    Could you explain what you mean by "it would make for better defragging" if you were to move the folder to a different directory and why you feel it would have some effect (positive or negative) on the defragmentation process ??? It's location on the disk should have no effect on the defrag routine at all. You would still have to defrag the folder and all it's files. I noticed you changed your terminology from "directory" to "drive". Did you mean that you feel it would be better if it were on a seperate hard drive ???
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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    I used the wrong terminology. I presently have 2 installed 80 Gig hard drives, each divided into 2 - 40 Gig partitions. I have windows in drive C:, most other program files in D;, and data and other stuff in the other 2 drives. So, if Documents and Settings is located, if doable, in a drive other than C, I assume C would have fewer changes and therefore defragmentation would be a quicker process.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    If you're using the NTFS file system, fragmentation is much less of a problem than under FAT, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    Just to confirm what Doc and Hans have said, I have not done any of that directory stuff that so many people like to do except to create a "data storage" directory, also on my C: drive. I use Raxco PerfectDisk for defragging and have a timed procedure setup for every morning at 1 AM for the C: drive. The defrag takes about 10 minutes or so and my drive perks right along just fine.

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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    If the speed, or lack of speed, of the defrag process is your concern, then get a copy of PerfectDisk as Big Al suggested. It is at least 3-4 times faster and much more through than the native defrag utility in Windows. It will even defrag the system and page files when setup to do an offline defrag on your C drive.

    If you feel you must move something to another drive or partition, then move the My Documents folder. It's a much safer and reasonable alternative. If you must move the Documents and Settings folder, then see MSKB article 236621.
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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    Does PerfectDisk perform contemporaneous defrags of 2 drives, as Norton's SpeedDisk does ?

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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    I don't believe so. As far as I know it will only defrag one drive at a time, but can be scheduled to defrag all drives, in any order, while the machine is not being used. You can, however, defrag any secondary drives or partitions at any time and even defrag the c drive while you are using it. If you are using Norton products, you might want to consider the performance hit you are taking just having Norton's resource intensive programs running in the background.
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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    Not sure about what Doc said, Barry. Here's a clip from the scheduling screen that looks to me like what you're asking, although I've always had it run end-to-end.
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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    Seems I got that wrong Al. I never had the need to defrag both drives at the same time, and never tried. But I just checked and it is an option for manual or scheduled defrags. Although it is not obvious that you can defrag multiple drive manually, you can use the Ctrl key and highlight multiple drives or partitions and then start the defrag process. The process does not appear to be syncronized and the larger or more fragmented drive appears that it will take longer. But both drives will defrag contemporaniously.
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    Re: Documents and Settings (5.1.2600 Service pack2

    thanks for the reccommendation for Raxco SuperDisk. I have installed it.

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