Windows 10: Moving all user files from SSD to SATA HD

Discus and support Moving all user files from SSD to SATA HD in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Good day, I have a new Dell laptop with Windows 10 Pro and the C: Drive is a 256 Gb SSD drive. The other internal drive D: is a 2 Tb SATA 5400 RPM... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by DuaneG, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. DuaneG Win User

    Moving all user files from SSD to SATA HD


    Good day,


    I have a new Dell laptop with Windows 10 Pro and the C: Drive is a 256 Gb SSD drive. The other internal drive D: is a 2 Tb SATA 5400 RPM hard drive. Currently the C: drive has just about everything on it, including all user folders and files. I would prefer to have nothing but the OS, Drivers and Applications (Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Program Data) residing on the C: drive and the "Users" folder (Default, all defined users and Public) and sub-folders on the D: drive. Reason being that it would make backup and recovery easier, utilize the speed of the SSD for the OS and applications and keep the SSD at a reasonable, manageable size. Also, if I use One Cloud it would sync only off the D: drive and we're only talking about pictures, videos, documents and data files where speed is not really an issue.


    I am thinking that a symbolic link for "Users" to the D: drive would be the best alternative but would like to be sure it won't cause other problems. For example, if I only create a link for the "Users" folder could there be a problem with having \Users\Default located on D: rather than C:? Same question for the \Users\[username]\AppData\Local, LocalLow and Roaming sub-folders? Also, will the quick access icons in File Explorer (Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Pictures, etc.) automatically change to point to the D: drive once the link is set or will I need to clear and reset them?


    Lastly, please advise on the command line structure for setting the appropriate link and if all the needed commands are available in Windows 10 Pro. If using a symbolic is not recommended, please suggest alternative(s). Thanks very much.


    Best regards,

    DDG

    :)
     
    DuaneG, Sep 11, 2019
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  2. FE_975 Win User

    W10 home - Move program files securely from SSD to HD

    I have a new W10 PC, it has a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HD. I wish to create a secure Program Files and Program Files (x86) on the HD, such that any future programs can be installed to it. BUT, I want them to be secure, such that a standard user can see and execute them
    but cannot delete or alter them.

    If I install a program like firefox ( example ) to the HD, I can get it to install there but any user on my system seems to be able to also write to the folders and even delete them. Not perfect. If I install it to the default SSD then it is secure.

    Question:

    Is there any easy way to make all future Programs install to the HD, even if I have to manually tell it to do so each time, in a secure way?

    Thanks

    PS, See this post for original question -
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/windows-10-new-pc-move-user-accounts-from-ssd-to/23b66112-4e3c-4def-97f6-d026333539cc
    Any suggestions on that would be appreciated.
     
    FE_975, Sep 11, 2019
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  3. johnbbb Win User
    Move files from SSD "C" to HD "D"

    I have a new laptop with a SSD as "C" drive and HD as the "D" drive. Since the SSD is small, I want to move as many files as possible to the HD, including the Windows 10 files. What can be moved, program files, data files, etc, and still have Windows functional.
    And how should it be done?

    John

    ***Post moved by the moderator to the appropriate forum category.***
     
    johnbbb, Sep 11, 2019
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  4. FE_975 Win User

    Moving all user files from SSD to SATA HD

    Windows 10 - New PC, move user accounts from SSD to HD, securely

    Ive just got a new W10 PC. It has a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HD.

    I Turned it on, created one (local Admin) account, installed W10, and updated.

    I now have to create three user accounts that I wish to be on the HD not the SSD, and to be secure from each other such that user 1 cannot see the files of user 2 and user 3 etc.

    I signed into User 1 and as a test used the Documents folder location move option to move it to the HD. It moved OK and took the documents with it.

    But when I signed into user 2, I could see and open these documents, which I do not want.

    Question - Whats the easiest way to move these folders and keep them secure to each user? Can I move the profile in one go, or do I have to move Documents, Photos, Music and Video for each user one at a time?

    Thanks
     
    FE_975, Sep 11, 2019
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