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I have a 60GB SSD as my C: where I have my Windows and other essential program installations. I also have a huge non-SSD D:.

I repeatedly find myself short of disk space on C:. The main culprits are the folders under AppData\Local (in my case, Picasa & Outlook files). How can I move these folders to D: and recover my C: space?

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Open the Properties dialog for ...\Local, click Location tab, enter desired new location, click Move button.

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How about using the mklink command in the command prompt to create a symbolic link

mklink /d C:\Users\Nikhil\AppData\Local D:\AppData\Local

and then just move all the files/hidden files/sub folders from the C:\Users\Nikhil\AppData\Local to to your D:\AppData\Local directory

After that delete the Local folder on C:

Honestly though I haven't tried it myself so maybe give it a test drive in a VM first, you might have to create a separate symbolic link for each subfolder too

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+1: This is how Microsoft redirects programs that have c:\Documents and Settings hardcoded in. –  surfasb Sep 21 '12 at 22:56
    
Does this work? Can you mklink when Local already exists? I'm pretty sure you can't. You could try to rename the existing one first, but I think it'd be in use, and any programs attempting to access Local in the meantime would then fail. –  Mooing Duck Apr 12 at 19:15

It's possible to move Outlook .pst files to a different location and then change your profile to point to the new location. See the Microsoft article

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A lot of programs use the Local folder; if you were to look for such articles for every program it's gonna be a very long day, and for most of the programs you wouldn't even be able to do that. –  Tom Wijsman Sep 21 '12 at 21:34
    
Right click the Local folder, click Properties. Use the Location tab to put it where you want. –  David Marshall Sep 21 '12 at 21:48

Folder redirection for All subsequent data will be saved at the new location by default. Using the registry method Shell Folder/User Shell Folder

Microsoft's articles Folder redirection did show steps of how to change the location of the "Desktop" folder by using Folder Redirection. Replace desktop with AppData, Start Menu and etc as stated in the article.

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Over a period of time I mysteriously lost 100gb HD space. "Space Monger" revealed it was in "Users" under "appdata" and sub folders of Google. I think these are hidden files. Research online suggested that since these are temporary files (not system) I should be able to delete them. Space Monger provides this option so I did. I've recovered my 100gb's with no noticable ill effects. Win 7 Home Premium 500gb HD. I'm not a tech., tried it, and it worked. No guarantees.

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