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Windows 7: Weird issue post format


24 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Weird issue post format

So I formatted my PC after three years and reinstalled Windows 7 64x Ultimate and because my C: drive is limited in space (only 30GB) I opted to move the "My Documents" folder to my larger drive using the 'right click -> properties -> location' option and set it to D:

Now, when I look inside my C:\users\<user> folder, I see all the proper things, however "My Documents" is no longer there (I thought it would leave a shortcut or something) and something else... I now see an icon of my D: drive. In fact, it is my D: drive. I can open it, I can view its properties.. I cant delete the icon, I can't do anything that would make it go away. However, if I create a shortcut to my user folder and open that, the D: drive isn't there. Which is fine and dandy, but more often then not, I go into my user folder from the start menu; which isn't a shortcut and therefor shows the D: drive.



wait, I think I know what happened..

if I right click on D in my computer, it acts like a folder.. and I can change its location.. if I set it to default, it goes to C:\users\My Documents

So now I'm afraid to set it back to default.. in case it moves my entire D drive.. which I cant let happen.

('My Documents' is now on the D: drive where it's supposed to be.)

If you need a picture of what I am trying to explain, just ask

Thanks


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24 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you move the User folder to another partition using this method exactly? User Folders - Change Default Location

Another method is to rightclick any folder and include it in your Documents library, then learn to get Documents via libraries where you have linked all related folders. This allows multiple folders, partitions, HD's, Users and network locations to be part of that library.
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25 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TurboGFF View Post
So I formatted my PC after three years and reinstalled Windows 7 64x Ultimate and because my C: drive is limited in space (only 30GB) I opted to move the "My Documents" folder to my larger drive using the 'right click -> properties -> location' option and set it to D:

Now, when I look inside my C:\users\<user> folder, I see all the proper things, however "My Documents" is no longer there (I thought it would leave a shortcut or something) and something else... I now see an icon of my D: drive. In fact, it is my D: drive. I can open it, I can view its properties.. I cant delete the icon, I can't do anything that would make it go away. However, if I create a shortcut to my user folder and open that, the D: drive isn't there. Which is fine and dandy, but more often then not, I go into my user folder from the start menu; which isn't a shortcut and therefor shows the D: drive.



wait, I think I know what happened..

if I right click on D in my computer, it acts like a folder.. and I can change its location.. if I set it to default, it goes to C:\users\My Documents

So now I'm afraid to set it back to default.. in case it moves my entire D drive.. which I cant let happen.

('My Documents' is now on the D: drive where it's supposed to be.)

If you need a picture of what I am trying to explain, just ask

Thanks
I have no idea whether or not this will work (and could make things worse, because it involves editing the registry, and I've never personally tried this), but it's worth a go:
  1. Press <WINDOWS_KEY>+<R> to open the Run dialog
  2. Type "cmd" (withut quotes) and press <ENTER>. The command prompt should open into your C:.
  3. Type "CD\" (without quotes) and press <ENTER>
  4. Type "MD Documents" (without quotes) and press <ENTER>
  5. Type "CD Documents" (without quotes) and press <ENTER>
  6. Type "COPY D:\Desktop.ini" (without quotes) and press <ENTER>
  7. Type "exit" (without quotes) and press <ENTER> to close the command prompt
  8. Press <WINDOWS_KEY>+<R> to open the Run dialog
  9. Type "regedit" (without quotes) and press <ENTER> to open the registry editor
  10. Navigate to the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" key (See item 1 in screenshot)
  11. Double-click Personal and modify it's value to to "C:\Documents" (without quotes). Click "OK" (See item 2 in screenshot)
  12. Close the Registry Editor
  13. Reboot Windows
  14. Check to see if your "Documents" folder is correctly pointing to C:\Documents". If it is, then you can proceed further:
  15. Create a new folder in your D:, and name it "Documents"
  16. Change the location of your user "Documents" to D:\Documents
  17. Manually cut-and-paste relevant files and folder to D:\Documents
Weird issue post format-fix_documents.jpg

And please, next time you change user folder locations, make sure you select a folder, and not a drive, ok?


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25 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Yeah that's what happened. Instead of pointing the location to D:\My Documents, I just pointed it to D: I fixed the issue
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25 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TurboGFF View Post
Yeah that's what happened. Instead of pointing the location to D:\My Documents, I just pointed it to D: I fixed the issue
Did my instructions work? I was in all honesty worried that I might not have been clear enough on how to do so...

Either way, I'm glad the problem was sorted out.
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25 Sep 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is a classic mistake. Never move the location to a partition or drive, always move to a predefined folder. The folder can have any name because the system is going to change it anyhow when you do the move. But it must be a folder.
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