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By nhiep_nguyen ·
Hello,

I would like to know if it's possible to locate the Documents and setting elsewhere than in C where realty estate property is limited due to the 1024 cylinder limitation?
Thank you for your inputs.

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by bladepact In reply to Location of Documents and ...

It is not possible, the folder Documents and Setting is always on drive C, or always on the driver where your windows OS is installed.

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by Tink! In reply to Location of Documents and ...

You can't move Documents and settings since that is a system folder, however if it's the My Documents folder that is using space, you can move those docs to a new folder elsewhere other than C: and then map that folder as a drive using the method below:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-5975262.html?tag=search

Then use this drive as the default locations for your new docs.

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by neilb@uk In reply to Location of Documents and ...

You can't move the folder but you certainly can move the contents!

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=322014

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Location of Documents and ...

Simple answer is NO.

But what you can move is the My Documents Folder to a different location the Favorites Folder to a different location as well as the folder that stores your E-Mail depending on what E-Mail Client you are using they are in different locations in the Documents & Settings folder and your address book as well. This also depends on which Address book you are using as to where you'll find it in My Documents & Settings.

All the remaining folders you Can Not Move as they contain vital System settings but they shouldn't be taking up too much space on the C Drive. You can also empty the Temp Folder in Documents & Settings/User Name/ Local Settings and then Temp. That particular folder often can take up a lot of space if it isn't regularly cleared out. To get to the Local Settings you'll have to enable show System Folders or Hidden Folders so it is visible to you.

You can also clear out the Temp Folder in the Windows Folder as well to give you a bit more room on your C Drive.

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by nhiep_nguyen In reply to Location of Documents and ...

I've found those information from Microsoft Knowledge base, but would like to have your opinion on them before trying anything.
Thank you.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q236621/

Excerpt :
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NOTE: This method relocates key Windows components. Use this method only if you require the "Documents and Settings" folder to be moved or renamed and you cannot use the Unattend.txt file to change the name during installation.

To specify a different folder for the entire "Documents and Settings" folder, including key system components, follow these steps:
1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
2. Create a new folder.
3. Open the current "Documents and Settings" folder.
4. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
5. Under Advanced settings click Show hidden files and folders, and then click to clear the Hide file extensions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files check boxes.
6. Click OK.
7. Click and drag to copy all the folders to the new folder, except for the currently logged on users folder.
8. In Control Panel, double-click System, and then click the User Profiles tab.
9. Copy the current user's profile to the new folder.
10. Click OK, close Control Panel, and then log off and log on to the computer as an administrator again.
11. In Registry Editor, click Find on the Edit menu.
12. Type documents and settings, and then click Find.
13. Replace the value data or rename the value or registry key to the new path for each and every registry key and value that contains the original path.NOTE: You must complete this change for every instance in the registry or your computer may not start. It is imperative that you update all registry keys and values with the new path.

14. Restart the computer.
15. You can now safely remove the original "Documents and Settings" folder.

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by Tink! In reply to Location of Documents and ...

Be very careful before you go ahead and do this. Registry editing is touchy stuff. If you wrongly delete one little value the results can be a Huge headache!

Please note that the article shows it applies to the following Windows versions. Make sure you have one of those before you do this.

APPLIES TO
? Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
? Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
? Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
? Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
? Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
? Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
? Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

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