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Case 1 from eightforums: "Hi everyone. So I have a SSD that is loaded with my OS(C:) and a HDD 1tb.(B:) I would like to move the user profiles to the HDD. What is the best way to do this?"
Case 2 from techpowerup: "I am trying to figure out how to transfer a very important User profile to a new Windows 10 PC......those few transfer programs but they are crap, it didnt work......"
A user profile is a collection of your data created by yourself, including your Desktop, Documents, and other account settings. Check your Windows default location in C: drive: C:\Users\your user name. Generally, our personal data is stored in a C drive by default. What if your C drive running out of space? It may fail to keep up with constantly updated data and you need to move user files to another drive or PC to free up storage space.
Now let's see how to transfer the user profile to another drive and how to transfer user profiles from one computer to another. Read on two methods here.
Redirect user folder's location can be finished in 3 ways - one automatic software and two built-in features.
|EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free||
||Free to transfer 500MB.|
|File Explorer||Restore the folder to the default location.||Can not change all folder's location at one time.|
|Registry||Quickly moves your profiles.||Not available for beginners.|
The newest version of EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free now supports transferring user profiles to another drive for free. For average users, it is the easiest way to change your file location from one hard drive to another. This software also supports moving applications to another drive. If you are looking for an effective, we recommended this software for you.
Download EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free and apply the "Move Default Folders" feature:
Step 1. Click "Large File Cleanup" on the left panel, and click "Start" button.
Step 2. Select "Folder" tab, check the folders you want to move. Choose target drive and click "Move" button.
Step 3. Wait for moving process completes. Click "Finish".
Note: You can click the "Restore" button to restore the current folder to the default location.
How to Move User Profile to Anther Drive in Windows 10:
In the below steps, we will set "moving user folder from C to D" as an example:
Step 1. Open File Explorer.
Step 2. Go to the new location you want to save your data.
Step 3. Click "New Folder" and named it Documents, Music, Downloads, Pictures, Videos.
Step 4. Navigate to C drive.
Step 5. Right-click the folder you want to move, and then click "Properties" on the drop-down menu.
Step 6. Choose the "Location" tab > Click "Move..." button > Choose new file location on D drive.
Step 7. Choose the newly created folder on the D drive, and click "Select Folder" > On the Properties window, click OK to apply.
Step 8. Click Yes.
How to Move User Folder to Another Drive in Windows 7:
Step 1. Type "View advanced system settings" on the search box and click to open.
Step 2. Navigate to the "Advanced" tab > In the "User Profiles" section, click the "Settings..." button.
Step 3. On the User Profiles window, click the profile you want to move. And click the "Copy To..." button.
Step 4. Browse to choose a file location and click "OK".
Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run box. Type "regedit" and click OK.
Step 2. Go to the path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Step 3. Right-click files and choose the "Modify..." option.
Step 4. Input new location and restart your PC.
If you are looking for a way to directly transfer a user profile to a new PC. You can use the professional pc transfer tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans. It enables you to user accounts in 1 click, includes User Account Settings, User Data, Personalization, and Power Options.
Download the software right now:
Step 1. Install and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both two devices. On the source PC, select "PC to PC" to continue.
Step 2. Select the transfer direction - as an Old PC or a New PC.
Make sure the two PCs are on the same LAN. Connect to the target PC via its IP address or adding it manually. Enter the login account and password of the target PC and link two PCs by clicking "Connect".
Step 3. Click at the "Accounts" section to specify User Accounts and Settings for transferring.
Step 4. Enter the user account and password of the source computer, select the User Account Settings, User Data and other settings that you want to transfer.
Step 5. After selection, click "Transfer" to start to transfer user accounts and settings.
Get Your Answer Here
In this article, we've listed 3 ways for moving user profiles to another drive and one solution for migrating user folders to another PC. To save your time and prevent your computer from data loss, we recommended the data transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans in part 1 and part 2.
Pick up the workable solution by your preference! Any questions contact [email protected]
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