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Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition

I've just assembled a new computer and I am using an 120GB SSD as the main drive and a regular 1TB disk to hold the files.

As I did a fresh install of Windows 7 64bits, I would like to move the Users folder to the 1TB disk in order to save space on the SSD, where I plan to have only the applications installed.

Is it a good idea, if so how can I change the location of the Users folders?

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Its very simple. I do this all the time.

You need to create a Directory Junction. First copy the C:\Users directory to the 1 TB drive (lets say E:\). Don't forget all the hidden folders and files. Then delete the C:\Users directory. Then run the command:

mklink c:\users E:\Users /j

from an Administrator command prompt. This will create a pointer to the folder in the new location and Windows and any programs will think everything is in the same place it always was. I do this all the time moving games out of the Program Files directory.

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Is that link global for everyone? –  SeriousM Mar 31 '13 at 9:18
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Guides to this can be found here and here. I would just move the Libraries to the larger disk that take up space like Music, Pictures, and Videos you don't need SSD speed for these unless you are working on them.

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This should be the accepted answer. Clean solution. –  Sri Harsha Chilakapati Jun 8 at 6:30
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