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Setting a user to ONLY use a partition on my hard drive for storing data.

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September 24, 2013 3:08:37 PM

So I'll start with that I am not entirely sure how I should go about doing this, so I'll try to supply as much information as I can.
What I want:
I want to keep a separate copy of a game on my hard drive to be used with a specific user account so that when I mod this game, it will not effect the first installation and I can mod it to my hearts content.

I have a windows 7 professional operating system, plenty of hard disk space, and an OEM copy of my operating system if needed.

I am not sure where to start here really, or even if what I am hoping to do is possible to do outside of making a virtual network on my own computer?

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a c 637 $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 3:19:42 PM

Create a new partition, and a whole other Windows installation (and games) in that partition.

That will definitely keep them separate.
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September 24, 2013 3:21:45 PM

I had a feeling that was going to be it.
Will I be prompted at some point to help differentiate between the two installations?


USAFRet said:
Create a new partition, and a whole other Windows installation (and games) in that partition.

That will definitely keep them separate.


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a b $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 4:22:05 PM

Depending on the game, you should be able to do what was suggested above .... be aware though that some DRM heavy games store things elsewhere no matter what ya tell it to do. What I used to do when kids were little and PCs cost $6k was have two separate OS installs.... system would default to say W4WGs .... but ya had 20 seconds on boot up to type in a password which would load WinNT. Nothing they could do while logged in could affect anything of mine cause they couldn't see the NTFS partitions.

I'd suggest creating a separate "standard" (no admin rights) user and limiting his access to just one partition

http://thecustomizewindows.com/2011/05/restrict-user-ac...
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 4:31:24 PM

StaticGrazer said:
I had a feeling that was going to be it.
Will I be prompted at some point to help differentiate between the two installations?



That might be a little problematic.

Windows 7
Windows 7

On my laptop, I have Win7 and Win8.1. No problem choosing.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 4:41:26 PM

if you put the installs on different hdds you could use a hard drive switch to physically label one "theirs" and "yours".



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a b $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 4:46:56 PM

USAFRet said:
StaticGrazer said:
I had a feeling that was going to be it.
Will I be prompted at some point to help differentiate between the two installations?



That might be a little problematic.

Windows 7
Windows 7

On my laptop, I have Win7 and Win8.1. No problem choosing.


Ya have a SSD ?.... on every SSD build I have two installs of same OS.

First one goes on HD.... then unplug HD and install to SSD.... whe all done plug HD back in.... At boot time, select which one ya wanna load at startup. Put game on the HD boot and deny access to other partitions ....Your stuff totally safe.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 4:55:31 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
USAFRet said:
StaticGrazer said:
I had a feeling that was going to be it.
Will I be prompted at some point to help differentiate between the two installations?



That might be a little problematic.

Windows 7
Windows 7

On my laptop, I have Win7 and Win8.1. No problem choosing.


Ya have a SSD ?.... on every SSD build I have two installs of same OS.

First one goes on HD.... then unplug HD and install to SSD.... whe all done plug HD back in.... At boot time, select which one ya wanna load at startup. Put game on the HD boot and deny access to other partitions ....Your stuff totally safe.


Multiple installs isn't the problem. Choosing which one, if both are labeled "Windows 7", would seem to be the issue.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 5:14:04 PM

which is why a physical switching method would be ideal.

could use a hot swap bay to change hdds but a hdd switch is less intrusive.
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a c 637 $ Windows 7
September 24, 2013 5:16:01 PM

ssddx said:
which is why a physical switching method would be ideal.

could use a hot swap bay to change hdds but a hdd switch is less intrusive.


Right.
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