January 26, 2013

Relocating User Profile in Windows 8

It only took two tries to get it right. I installed a 128GB SSD in my Dell L702X 17-inch notebook, and moved the main drive to the secondary slot; so I have two hard drives in my notebook. After installing Windows 8 Pro on the SSD, a lot of my software and data, well I ran out of space. So I wanted to relocate my User Profile to the secondary data drive, to open up space on the SSD.

The first try which involved robocopy basically hosed my system, and I had to reload Windows 8. The robocopy worked fine, no errors. But Windows 8 couldn't find the profile after I attempted a symbolic link.  I tried everything I could think of to restore, but to no avail.

The second try led me to this site - http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/4275-user-profiles-relocate-another-partition-disk.html - and it worked very well. Just follow the instructions as you install Windows 8, and your User Profile will live on your data drive.

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