Chris, you say "You can easily change the location of your user data folders ... just by right-clicking them in Windows, selecting Properties, and changing the location from the Location tab."
I wish it were as easy as you say - given that in the world out here, there many nuances to our circumstances. Mine go a little further, and I doubt that they're uncommon.
But first, what if I've already manually copied my data to a data disk (I have); will the pointing of Windows to those folders delete existing files in them or gracefully merge its own set of files? What permissions will it assign or destroy? Renames, overwrites, deletes..?
Primarily, though, I simply want to be able to use my data during a transition period from Windows 7 to Windows 8. My investment is in Win7 and my entire computing life resides there. I want to be able to move back and forth between my Win7 and Win8 boot disks, and use the same data, on a third disk - using the same name and password sets. Transition.
Getting dual-boot disks set up is fragile enough, but getting each OS to act equally on data is, I'm finding, a minefield.
And note, I bang on all over the internet saying 'We're NOT all administrators'. I run my everyday tasks as a Limited User. This, sadly, vastly complicates sharing data on a data disk; permissions, ownerships, shares, the full catastrophe.
Can you comment on my not-burning-bridges approach to OS changeover? Thanks.