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I just built someone a pc and I put in a small solid state just for windows and a 1.5TB for everything else but the problem is they keep saving stuff to the C drive which is the solid state one and bringing it back to me cause its full so my question is, is there a way to restrict this person from saving to the C drive and save only to the E drive?
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1) Have them stop being stupid.
2) ???
3) Profit.

It sounds like it wasn't very planned out or they did not understand the drawbacks for the build you presented them.
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You might be able to accomplish what you want by adjusting security permissions for the C: drive (Right-click C: > Properties > Security > Advanced). Click "Change Permissions" > Add... and add the user account. From there you can set permissions for that particular user (i.e. if they can create new Files/Folders, etc...). That said, I've never done anything like this in practice. So please, please test this out first and make sure it'll do what you want without interfering with the OS.

The above is a little extreme IMO, so as another suggestion, you could encourage saving things to the E: drive by moving the default user folders (i.e. Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, etc... that show up on the left side in Windows Explorer). Just go to C:\Users\**User Name**. Right-click on the user folder you want to move, click Properties, go to the "Location" tab. From there you can move these folders to the E: drive somewhere. I'd for sure move the Desktop and Downloads folders since this is where most people seem to save stuff (and most browsers default to saving to the "Downloads" folder anyway). Moving Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos might be beneficial as well if they save to these locations. Of course this doesn't prevent saving to the C: drive, but it might help since most people I know habitually use the default user folders since they are just there.
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Move the My Documents folder to D: -- Windows has provisions for this built-in. Should fix most of the problems. Permissions is a tricky fix, if they're administrators on their own PC they can change their own permissions as well. Setting end users up with less than administrator permissions is problematic without good remote support tools. =)

If they insist on saving things manually to C: drive then bringing it back for support, make sure you charge them for the support call. $50+ an hour minimum. You might be surprised to find their user habits change.

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As stated above, I would redirect My Documents to the E:\. The only issue going forward should be when they install programs. If they have a small HDD and they install all their programs to C: instead of redirecting it to E:\, that would also fill the drive. I am not familiar with how to make the default install location a different drive, but I can imagine its possible.
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Thanks i will try acouple of those things and test it myself first and let you what happens. As for the stupid part, that i cant fix lol
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You might be able to accomplish what you want by adjusting security permissions for the C: drive (Right-click C: > Properties > Security > Advanced). Click "Change Permissions" > Add... and add the user account. From there you can set permissions for that particular user (i.e. if they can create new Files/Folders, etc...). That said, I've never done anything like this in practice. So please, please test this out first and make sure it'll do what you want without interfering with the OS.

    I highly recommend that you don't change the permissions on C:\.  When Windows is installed, special permissions are applied to the different folders for security.  Taking ownership or changing the permissions on C:\ could compromise the security of the system by replacing the permissions on folders that are more "locked down" than C:\.
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    I highly recommend that you don't change the permissions on C:\.  When Windows is installed, special permissions are applied to the different folders for security.  Taking ownership or changing the permissions on C:\ could compromise the security of the system by replacing the permissions on folders that are more "locked down" than C:\.

Yeah you're right. Fair point.
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Would it be possible to just format the whole computer and then go onto the solid state drive where windows will be and set a disk quota so nothing can be saved to it beyond a certain point or will that interfere with windows updates?
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