Moving Google Chrome’s user data to another location

Imagine you want to move all Chrome’s user data to another location, for space and/or performance, or for other reason(s).

Imagine that the other location is at volume D:

You could do it be creating a symbolic link from the original default location (C:/Users/<your user name>/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data) to, for example, a “D:/chrome.userData” folder.

You’ll need to:
– close Chrome;
– know your Windows login user name (“user” in the example);
– decide to where you want to move the files.

The steps are:
– create the destination directory (e.g.: md “d:/chrome.userData”)
– using Windows Explorer, move (cut) C:/Users/user/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data to d:/chrome.userData
– then run the command
mklink /d “C:/Users/user/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data” “d:/chrome.userData”

That is it.

PowerShell in Windows Server 2008

To run PowerShell in Windows Server 2008, first make sure that feature is available, by checking the “Server Manager” or simply forcing its availability by running the following command from a regular command prompt:

start ocsetup MicrosoftWindowsPowerShell

Once the feature is installed, you can run it and take advantage of its power. For example, how about learning about all your drivers by typing

Get-WmiObject Win32_LogicalDisk