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Move Vista User data folders to separate partition or drive

It's generally a good idea to keep your operating system (OS; e.g., Windows) and user data on separate hard drive partitions, or, even better, separate hard drives entirely. There are a few advantages to this setup:
  1. User data doesn't cause fragmentation in the OS partition.
  2. OS corruption and reinstallation don't affect user data.
  3. Backups of user data are simple; just specify the entire user data partition for backup rather than distinguishing between OS and user data.
By default, Windows Vista stores each user's data in a folder in C:\Users. To move these folders to a separate partition:
  1. On your user data partition, create the folder in which you want to store the user data. I title this the same as the one in C:\Users.
  2. Open C:\Users\username. Highlight all the data folders (Contacts, Desktop, Documents, etc.).
  3. Right-click and drag the highlighted folders to the new folder on your user data partition. Let go of the right mouse button, and select Move Here from the menu that appears.
  4. Windows will automatically and transparently make the shell changes necessary. Your shortcuts on the Start Menu and elsewhere will function properly.
If you reinstall your OS, just repeat these steps.

Source: Ed Bott's Microsoft Report: Vista Hands On #7: Move user data to another drive


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