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I'm setting up a new rig dual booting Linux and Windows with an SSD + HDD filesystem. I have Linux set up how I want:

Under Linux:

  • / is a partition on the SSD.
  • /home is a partition on the SSD.
  • /var is a partition on the HDD.
  • /mnt/data is a partition on the HDD. I'll call this the data partition.

~/Downloads, ~/Documents, ~/Pictures, ~/Videos, etc, are directories mounted from corresponding directories on the data partition.

What I want to do is map the Windows 7 user sub-directories to the corresponding directories on the data partition.

Essentially I want to symlink C:\User\me\Downloads to D:\Downloads.

What's the best way to go about relocating these directories to another drive?

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I would prefer to keep Users on the SSD. I'm not sure if there is any advantage to this, I'm under the assumption that user specific files are kept in C:\Users (config, some games files, etc). Any programs that require user-specific files would benefit from increased read performance. Am I wrong in assuming that user-specific files are stored in C:\Users in the same way that Linux uses ~? –  Eric Coutu Jan 11 '12 at 13:28
The assumption is correct. I pointed that out because it's almost the same as what's required from you, except that instead of all folders under \users, you want to move only specific ones. –  Sathya Jan 11 '12 at 13:30
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I think you can remove downloads folder in c:/users/$USERNAME and replace it with a windows link (.lnk) file leading to wherever you want.

It did work for me with My pictures as far as I recall.

Also, you can notice that folders in your documents folders (e.g. My music, My pictures, My videos) are already links leading to another folders living in your user folder.

That is why I think it should work.

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