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Change the message store of Windows Live Mail to removable drive: registry hack and NTFS junction

My netbook comes with a small SSD hard drive and recently it complains that the C: drive is low in space. I checked it, it’s like 40MB free. This is of course not a good shape. Simple search in Window Explorer shows that the Windows Live Mail message store, at%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\, takes more than 1GB. I have multiple emails accounts which support large inboxes, and Live Mail is buffering some of these messages locally.
I have added the the SD slot of the netbook a 16GB SDHC card, more or less permanently. So I tried to let Windows Live Mail use the drive (D:) of the card instead as its message store. This setting is available in Tools|Options…|Advanced|Maintenance…|Store Folder…|Change…. However, whenever I change to any folder on the D:, the OK button turns gray, preventing me from using the card.
I suspected that Windows Live Mail detects the drive is "removable" so disallow it. After a few tries, I come up with the workaround:
  1. Close Windows Live Mail.
  2. Create a target folder as the new message store on the "removable" drive, e.g., "D:\user\Windows Live Mail\".
  3. Open the registry, set HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\Store Root to "D:\user\Windows Live Mail\".
  4. Copy all the stuff under original message store (%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\) to the new message store.
  5. Rename the old message store (to e.g., Windows Live Mail -1\, such that Live Mail would not find it, to verify that it works with the new store.
  6. Launch Windows Live Mail, verify it still sees all the locally cached email accounts and messages. Close Windows Live Mail.
  7. Delete the old message store. This releases space to C: drive.
  8. Done.

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