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    Win2000: Moving the Documents and Settings folder

    Is there a 'safe' way to move the Documents and Settings folder to another drive? Now that all the software is installed, my 2 GB C: drive (FAT) is looking a bit small, whereas the 9 GB D: drive (NTFS) has heaps of room.

    I'm guessing that if I just click-and-drag the folder over to a new location, the system will become unstable (like it would if I suddenly started moving files in the WINNT/PROFILES directory of an NT4 PC?

    I want to keep the partitions and file systems that are in place, so Partition Magic won't do it this time.

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    Re: Win2000: Moving the Documents and Settings folder

    Yes you can. It is part of the Properties area of each users' folder.
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    The full answer you want is on page 108.

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    Re: Win2000: Moving the Documents and Settings folder

    I also found the answer at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q236/6/21.ASP>http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/Q236/6/21.ASP</A>.

    Basically, you have to set it up when installing Win2000 with the new location
    <hr>...Use the /UNATTEND switch with WINNT.EXE or WINNT32.EXE and insert the following entry into the Unattend.txt file ... yada, yada<hr>
    or you have to hack the registry - which is a royal pain in the ****. Since I'm not about to spend the time re-installing the O/S, I'll have to do the latter.

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    Re: Win2000: Moving the Documents and Settings folder

    When you select the 'My Documents' icon and then 'Properties' you will SEE that there is a MOVE button. This is ALL done after the install of Windows 2000 Pro and not reg hack.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Win2000: Moving the Documents and Settings folder

    Or you can use X-Setup after the fact. The unattend seems to be the best if you're rolling these things out en masse, since My Documents leaves a lot of things behind.

    TweakUI 2000 will also move user shell folders.

    And, my favorite trick, which I use every time I decide to wipe my hard drive (or someone else's): Export the UserShellFolders registry key to a REG file, and you can edit the paths in notepad or any other text editor. Then, to change them, all you have to do is double-click, reboot, and blammo! All in one fell swoop. No programs installed, no direct registry hacking....and only a few gray hairs.

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