The case: move Users folder to another drive
The system creates Users folder at the first time when a user logs on a computer. Generally speaking, Users folder contains permission settings and subfolders for each Windows account that has logged in. Besides, Users folder is by default located on the C: drive, which contains the operating system.
When you go to your own name folder you can find different folders including images, documents, music, and videos, etc. It should be noticed that you can't access other user's folder unless using a special grant access.
“I was wondering if I can move my whole user folder from C:\Users to my D:\ drive. Is there a way to do this? And after I do it would I need to go into every program I have and change the save location or would the AppData all move with it?”
This real case comes from Tomashardware. As the data of Users folder increases, more and more people choose to move Users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2012. You may ask why. There are two main reasons.
Folders are easy to lose due to hard drive failure and operating system corruption.
Save the space of the C: drive and improve the performance of your PC.
Therefore, it’s necessary to sync folders to another drive. How to move user profile to different drive? Don’t worry! Your problem will be solved soon.
How to move Users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2012?
It’s easy to move Users folder to another drive, as long as you take the right approach. There are two efficient methods for your reference.
Copy Users folder to another drive with AOMEI Backupper Server
AOMEI Backupper Server is reliable and easy to use software that allows you to move Users folder to different drive. With this software, you also can synchronize files between Windows Servers and sync data between 2 Servers automatically, etc.
This professional software runs smoothly on Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC systems. If you want to move Users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2008, this utility also can give you a hand.
By the way, the simple steps and intuitive interface can make your operation effortless. Want to use this software? There is a quick guide for your reference. The good news is that you also can refer to these steps, if you want to move Users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2016.
Step 1. Install and open this software. Choose Backup from the left side. Then click File Sync.
Step 2. Click Add Folder in Step 1. Choose Browse to select the Users folder. Then click OK.
Step 3. Select the destination path (E:\) in Step 2. Then click Start Sync.
Step 4. After syncing, you can click Finish.
If you want to distinguish Users folder from others easily, you can click Sync Options in Step 3 to write a comment for your current operation.
After syncing, you can select Shut down PC, Restart PC, Hibernate or Sleep in Step 4.
Do not change the folder name of the source. Otherwise, the software cannot sync it anymore.
Move user profile to another drive with Windows built-in feature
Windows built-in tool also can help users move Users folder to another drive. If you want to have a try, you can refer to the following steps:
Step 1. Go C:\Users\User name to find your subfolders (take Documents for example).
Step 2. Right-click Documents. Then choose Properties.
Step 3. Select Location from the list above. Then click Move to select the destination path.
Step 4. If everything is correct, you can press OK.
For a single folder, you can use this simple method. However, for large numbers of folders, it would be much trouble to move these folders to another drive one by one.
Now you can move Users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2012 with these two efficient methods. It’s recommended to use AOMEI Backupper Server, because this useful utility provides more advanced settings.
What’s more, you can sync Windows Server to OneDrive, sync desktop to OneDrive and sync external hard drive files and folders to cloud storage with AOMEI Backupper Server. In the meantime, you can do you work without any concern, because the synchronization process won't interrupt your work.