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    After Install - Move C:\Users to D:\Users

    OS: Windows 7 Professional x64
    SSD: 120GB "C:\"
    RAID: 1TB "D:\"
    DVDs: F: and G:


    I have a small SSD drive "C:\" where Windows 7 Pro x64 is installed. I don't want C:\Users to be on the SSD, but on the 1TB Raid drive "D:\".

    Found 2 possible solutions (that won't work):
    1. MS recommends to do this during the install of Win7 x64 with an install instruction xml file. That would be fine if their OS actually would let you install Windows with an SSD and other hard drives mounted during the install. But there is a bug that Windows won't install to the SSD unless you disconnect all other drives.

    2. Boot on the Windows install media and run ROBOCOPY and MKLINK to copy and create junctions so Windows doesn't really know that C:\Users is D:\Users. That would probably work great except for the fact that my Raid drive doesn't show up unless I load the driver. But the command: " mlink c:\Users d:\Users /j " doesn't make sense because during the install, C:\Users is really D:\Users, and the Raid drive is J:\ So I hesitate to even try it and delete my original C:\Users directory.

    I know all about the Right Click on the My Pictures and move it...I don't want to do that...

    Family member recommended I ask here.

    Thanks!
    - S

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    Welcome!

    To setup RAID you need two disks (and I'm not talking about your SSD as one of them). You can't have a true RAID setup on a single 1TB disk. If you have divided the disk into two primary partitions and called that a RAID array, you aren't gaining any of the benefits of RAID.

    Your SSD should be connected to the SATA0 socket on your motherboard, the 1TB should be connected to the SATA1 socket.

    And there is a way to move the main Windows folders other than "Right Click on the My Pictures and move it" that works quite well.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Thanks for the welcome. I have a 1 TB RAID set... I never said that I have a single 1TB drive. So since this is what I am asking about...

    Quote Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
    And there is a way to move the main Windows folders other than "Right Click on the My Pictures and move it" that works quite well.
    What is the answer?

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    Set 7 Free

    It is for advanced users; lots of registry editing involved, etc.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Do you really want the whole users directory moved or just the mydocuments and mypictures subdirectories. If that's what you want, see:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...a-fd49a007fd82

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    I finally figured it out. I was totally on the right path with doing the ROBOCOPY and MLINK commands. But in my case, my RAID drive doesn't show up when you boot into the Recovery disk or the Windows 7 x64 Installation disk. So long story short...I had to create a Windows PE 7 x64 custom disk adding the drivers necessary for the RAID controllers to show up in the dos mode. I got lucky that my destination drive for Users folder was D: and it was mounted as D: in the Windows PE session.

    Here are the basic instructions that I followed:

    http://basementjack.com/uncategorize...-raid-drivers/


    I am so glad Microsoft wasted 5 hrs of my day due to their assumptions that everyone wants user data on the OS drive. Dorks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackermagic View Post
    I am so glad Microsoft wasted 5 hrs of my day due to their assumptions that everyone wants user data on the OS drive. Dorks...
    Well, they have precedent on their side, since all current and previous Windows operating systems have adopted this policy! They are unlikely to be aware of your own personal preferences and attitudes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Well, they have precedent on their side, since all current and previous Windows operating systems have adopted this policy! They are unlikely to be aware of your own personal preferences and attitudes...
    True, but I always change it anyway. the Microsoft way really isn't the best way to setup a system, it's just the easiest way to support an OS; keep everyone in the same box. Not a bad business model in that respect, but then I don't depend on MS for support, either.

    They made it a bit more difficult with Windows 7, but I can still set it up the way I want it to run. The link in post #4 is there for other folks like me.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Well, they have precedent on their side, since all current and previous Windows operating systems have adopted this policy! They are unlikely to be aware of your own personal preferences and attitudes...
    Actually...no that is not true. In XP you could move "Document and Settings" folder anytime you wanted to. So as bbearren pointed out, it is all about Microsoft and their support of an OS, not the user-end usability of the operating system. Also, just to put it out there...the creation of the Windows Registry was the biggest step backward in the world of Operating Systems ever.

    But I am still glad that Microsoft is still copying UNIX operating systems and giving us utilities like MKLINK so we can get around their lack of vision. (for you Windows only folks, MKLINK is basically the same as LN on UNIX where you make symbolic and hard links to files and directories).
    Last edited by blackermagic; 2012-04-15 at 10:49.

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    In the previous post did you mean mklink? My searches on mlink were not fruitful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    In the previous post did you mean mklink? My searches on mlink were not fruitful.
    Yep...fixed it...I think it was too early to type Ks this morning. =)

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