How do I get minecraft to use a moved roaming folder?

by on November 25, 2010

Q: Problems with moved Roaming folder and minecraft:

Some background first: Minecraft is a fun little java game and when installed, the offline version installs to your roaming (appdata folder).

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Issue: In a vain attempt to gain a little fps in the game, I moved my roaming folder(from //user/appdata/roaming) using the location tab in its properties (so, moving it the proper way, using instructions I found online) to an SD card. My assumption was that a memory card with no moving parts would be faster with a game doing constant read/writes.

Well I was wrong. So I moved my roaming folder back to its default folder location (again doing so properly, using the location tab of the roaming folder). Everything seemed to move okay. But Now, minecraft seems to auto copy itself to the old roaming folders location.

Upon some quick investigation I see firefox is still also using the old roaming folders location.

The folder moved successfully, and right clicking on the folder (in its default location) shows all relevant roaming folder properties and tabs. Right clicking on the roaming folder in the old location shows no tabs relevant to the folder itself, meaning the system isn’t treating it as the roaming folder, yet some applications (minecraft, firefox) still are.

So… How do I get the computer to properly recognize where the roaming folder has been moved to? Its in its default location now, yet only some apps are using it there.

Long question I know, but I felt it needed explanation. Hoping I wasn’t too confusing. 🙂

2 Responses to “How do I get minecraft to use a moved roaming folder?”
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    I suggest backing up your minecraft saved game data, uninstalling the program and then reinstalling it and copy your save game data back where it belongs.

    Changing the drive used for minecraft isn’t going to make much of a difference except when it’s generating new areas you haven’t been to yet. More CPU and RAM is going to help out the most.

    As far as storage device performance goes, you’re thinking down the right track, but the toy you want isn’t an SD Card, it is a Solid-State Drive. They are pretty expensive, but super fast. As far as game performance goes, your money will be much better spent on CPU, RAM and Video Card.


    Thanks. Your solution coupled with a system restart (first one in a good few weeks or so) has fixed the issue.

    The SD card is great with some programs, or any game that reads already installed files. You can see how this dosen’t work well with minecraft though, as SD’s tend to have slow write speeds.