Like you, I prefer to keep my documents on a seperate drive. In that way, when I do my anual reformat/reload of Windows, all my documents are waiting for me on another drive. In the past, I've always had to make sure to either configure a program to use the new destination, or, if that wasn't possible, to make sure to navigate to the documents directory. With Windows 7, I've learned to use the "mklink" command. I won't go into much detail; it's documented well enough in other areas. Needless to say, the "mklink /d" command will create a "soft link" on your main drive which actually points to whatever location you desire. So, once you create a soft link in your C:\User directory, whenever any program accesses it, it's actually accessing the alternate drive/directory. The beauty of this command is that you won't have to configure each and every program to point to the new area; it's done automatically.