Move your users directory to a different location

runs on Windows
screenshot of Profile Relocator

By default, on a Windows system, all the user stuff is located on the system drive. That's great, as long as everything is behaving the way it's supposed to. But that's all wrong when you have to do something dramatic like reinstalling Windows, and your data all goes away. Unix systems have been putting the main system stuff and the user data on separate volumes since forever. It would be nice to mimic that on Windows systems.

Profile Relocator is a tool that lets you do just that. Set your system up just so, then choose a different volume for your user data, and you're good to go. Now if you have to—heaven forbid—reload Windows, you don't have to worry that all your hard work is going to go away. Unfortunately this tool won't move existing user profile goodies—although they say that if they were to do so that you might not be at all pleased with the results—so if you decide to use it on an existing system, you'll probably have to rebuild stuff just one more time. But after that, you'll have smooth sailing. Hopefully.

A free download for your Windows system, Profile Relocator is designed to work with XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

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