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I just installed windows 8. The preperation to get it ready was a much bigger pain than I would like, so from now on, I want to have a small OS partition, and a larger storage partition outside that, so upgrades and reinstalls are easier. In order to do that, I created a 50Gb partition, and installed Windows 8 CP on there. I know have 26Gb left free on that partition. In order to keep the minimum amount of stuff on that partition, my understanding is I need to use Symlinks. I want to symlink:

  1. C\Users\me\My Documents
  2. C\Users\me\My Pictures
  3. C\Users\me\My Music
  4. C\Users\me\Downloads
  5. C\Program Files
  6. C\Program Files (x86)

Is there any reason any of the above won't work? I've never done this before. Is there a better way for any of these?

Also, I attempted to do the following, and got a syntax error. I opened a command prompt as admin, Navigated to C\Users\me\ and typed out the command
Code:
mklink /D \My Documents e:\My Documents

What did I do wrong? Thanks for any help!
    
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for your user folder items you can simply do this:

Move user folder locations to Secondary HDD:
  1. Right click your folder (ex. My pictures)
  2. Click Properties
  3. Click the Location tab
  4. Change the destination to your other HDD (ex. D:\Pictures)
    Note 1: Recommended, I do this myself for my user folders (ex. My Documents, My pictures, Desktop, etc.)
    Note 2: If there are two of the same folder in teh User folder after the move (ie. My Documents "A" and My Documents "B") you should delete the empty one located on the C: drive. (May need to go into safe mode to delete it) Do not delete the other User folders, only duplicates that come up after the move within the User folder.
    Note 3: If the folder already exists that you are linking it to you may want to merge the folders.

    Video Tut:

for the other folders i'm not sure, can you try out audit mode to create it?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722413(v=ws.10).aspx

Also, an easy way to make symlinks and junctions and such : http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html
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Thanks, the first part did exactly what I want. I'm down to only wanting to move Program Files and Program Files (x86). I'm not sure about the other stuff. That doesn't quite look like what I need, but I could be wrong.
    
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Thanks, the first part did exactly what I want. I'm down to only wanting to move Program Files and Program Files (x86). I'm not sure about the other stuff. That doesn't quite look like what I need, but I could be wrong.

In audit mode can't you try making the mlink?

Also your command, you may need to specify the documents folder better:
Code:
mklink /D C:\Users\Your Name Here\My Documents E:\My Documents

or add quotes:
Code:
mklink /D "C:\Users\Your Name Here\My Documents" "E:\My Documents"

or maybe put a underscore between My_Documents?

Look here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/
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