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    Moving User Data To An Other Partition

    In order to transfert for example the folder C:\Users\<MyUserName>\Documents to D:\<MyData>\Documents, il suffices to go to %USERPROFILE% (in the previous case, C:\Users\<MyUserName>) and there to right click on the Document icon, then left click on Properties, then Location, and write here the desired address D:\<MyData>\Documents.

    The same procedure can be done for the folders Video, Music, Pictures, Downloads etc.

    But what about the particular folder Desktop? After right and left clicking, the tab Location is still here, so the address can be changed as previously. But aren't there any deleterious side effect in doing so?

    Moreover there are other folders in %USERPROFILE%, for exemple AppData (which is normally hidden). Transferring AppData to D:\<MyData> could make sense, as AppData contains for exemple all my (installed) FF profiles (Bookmarks, addons, passwords...).But you will not found any Location tab here, so the previous trick doesn't work.

    A workaround could be to browse the register tothe key HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Shell Folders and there, to perform the desired change concerning AppData address.

    The absence of any Location tab in that case may indicate that Windows doesn't like to be forced to move AppData elsewhere. So I wonder what will happen in doing so. Will the whole Universe explode? Or even worse my system become unstable???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renk View Post
    But what about the particular folder Desktop? After right and left clicking, the tab Location is still here, so the address can be changed as previously. But aren't there any deleterious side effect in doing so?
    No, since this is the intended way to relocate it. It's possible that a program hardcoded to assume the path is always %userprofile%\Desktop may fail afterwards, but that can be fixed with a symlink (and that's the exact reason we have one for "Documents and Settings" in the root of the system drive). Regarding AppData, itself it holds nothing besides three directories that can also be relocated in the same manner, with the same potential caveat as above.

    As always, you can and probably should test any changes inside a VM or spare computer before making them on your real system
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