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Hi.

I am running Windows Vista on a 20 GB HDD. I have a 120GB HDD and want to use that as the User's Home Directory so I have more space.

This is the main user account, only one administrator user (this account).

How can I do this!?

Giles.
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The 'Starter' and 'Home Basic' version doesn't have this functionality:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/editions/default.mspx

for details of different variations. Although having said that the underlying code is the same, so I'm sure that there is probably a reg hack out there somewhere to change it.

For the other versions the location to change the home directory is:

Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management.-> Select appropriate user, and right click properties. Change home directory on the appropriate tab.

Another approach that might achieve what you want is by moving the 'my documents' directory:

Click on start and Right Click on  My Documents. Edit Target to an appropriate location.

HTH:)
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BTW, I'm running Beta 1 Enterprise. Can I ask which version you are running, as obviously, there may be some differences.

HTH:)
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Hi.

I am running Vista Ultimate.

I have done the method using the Control Panel/Computer Management. It does not seem to work?

I have entered F:\Giles Williams\ and it doesn't do anything. I have tried restarting, logging out, neither seem to make it do anything!?

Giles.
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pjedmond, I am running Beta 2 Ultimate Edition.
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If vista has the possibility of unattended installation similar to other windows versions, I'd suggest putting the complete "Documents and settings" folder on the other disk during the installation. In standard windows this would be set in the unattended.txt file in the following section:

[GuiUnattended]
ProfilesDir = "F:\Data"

Personally I find it better to have that complete folder away from C anyway, as any data shouldn't be on the same drive as the OS.
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just reinstall vista on the 120 gb drive - change the drives jumper's from master/slave if necessary
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