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Relocate the Documents and Settings Folder to a New Partition

I recently had a HD crash and have the opportunity to reinstall my OS, APPs and Data, I would like to Install the OS in its own partition.

I'm running XP Pro, 4GB RAM and a 120GB HD.

The Documents and Settings and Program Files Folders are automatically set up in the Root Directory.

The only idea that seems worth pursuing is getting the Document and Settings folder into a separate partition. To me, putting the Document and Settings in the root directory by default was and is a really bad idea on Microsofts part.

Think about it, a lot of applications put something useful and needed in there. Email, data, application data and databases, etc. Should the OS crash that's all gone. That's why backups are necessary. A lot of people, for whatever reason, can't, don't or won't create backups. Users are, therefore, cursed by their 'stupidity'.

I've read, on many boards, about how to solve this problem with some approaches that suggest that all one has to do is 'move' the D and S Folder over to the new partition which neglects the D and S hierachy tree in the Registry.

Other approaches involve the method put forth by MS to copy the contents of the D and S folder to a new folder, rename it and move it to the new partition. After that they suggest that the user access the registry and do a line by line replacement of the new path for the old Document and Settings path. This doesn't work, but I won't go into that now.

Lastly there is the method of moving the default location of the D and S Folder at OS installation using the 'Unattended' install method. This seems to hold some promise and I'll look into it more. Has anyone ever tried this?

Lots of thanks in advance for all help and suggestions

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The default installation procedure works best. In my experience at internet cafe, my documents, desktop and program files are set up in the "other" drives. Drive c is freeze(deepfreeze) with this config, we could at least have piece of mind.

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