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The case: how do I move users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2012?

How do I move my user folder to another drive?

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?

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What is Users folder and why to move it to another drive?

The system creates the Users folder at the first time when a user logs on a computer. Generally speaking, the 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 pictures, documents, music, and videos, etc. It should be noticed that you can't access other users’ folder unless using a special grant access.

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.

Note: It's not suggested to move the entire Users folder to another drive, because it contains some important system files. But you can move the Desktop, Documents, Picture, Downloads folder to another drive.

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, namely using a third-party tool or built-in Move feature.

Copy Users folder to another drive with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is a reliable and easy-to-use software that allows you to move Users folder to different drive. You can benefit a lot from its following features:

✧ 4 Sync Solution: you can use "Basic Sync", "Real-Time Sync", "Mirror Sync", "Two-Way Sync" to sync files between different folders, drives, or even computers. You can also sync local folders to OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox, etc.
✧ Scheduled sync: you are able to set automatic sync based on a specified time or event. This feature makes it easy to sync data between 2 Servers automatically.
✧ Compatibility: This professional software runs smoothly on Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC systems.

By the way, the simple steps and intuitive interface can make your operation effortless. Want to use this software to move Users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2012? There is a quick guide for your reference. The good news is that you also can refer to these steps to move Users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/2019/2022.

Step 1. Install and open this software. Choose Sync from the left side. Then click Basic Sync.

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File Sync

Step 2. Edit the task name as per your need. Click Add Folder to add the Users folder that needs to be synced.

Select Folder

Step 3. Select the destination drive (here is E:\My Backups). Then click Start Sync. to move users folder to another drive in Windows Server 2012.

Start Sync

>> Options: you can write a comment for this sync task to distinguish it from others. You can also enable email notification to inform you of the sync results.
>> Schedule: you can sync the Users folder automatically using the schedule modes offered: DailyWeeklyMonthlyEvent triggers, and USB plug in.

Step 4. After syncing, you can click Finish.

Finish

Notes:

  • When the sync operation is in progress, you can click the Settings icon in the lower-left corner and select what you want the computer to do on completion. You may choose from Shut down PCRestart PCHibernate and Sleep.

  • 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 with the help of Move feature in the Properties window. If you want to have a try, you can refer to the following steps:

Step 1. Create a new folder named Documents at the target drive.

Step 2. Go C:\Users\User name to find the original Documents folder.

Step 3. Right-click the Documents folder. Then choose Properties.

Step 4. Click on the Location tab. Then click Move to select the destination path.

Built-in Feature

Step 5. If everything is correct, you can click OK to proceed.

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.

Summary

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 desktop to OneDrive and clone hard drive in Windows Server with AOMEI Backupper. In the meantime, you can do your work without any concern, because all the operations will run in the background.