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Windows 7: Optimal Personal Folder Structure for Windows 7

14 Oct 2011   #11
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

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I just found C:/users and copied it to my E drive. Then used the location tabs to move it to the folder of the same name on the E drive, then click apply. then click yes. If you don't click yes I believe it will be in both locations.
Do you mean that you copied the entire directory tree including all folders and files to your E:/ drive before you moved the personal folders? Did you copy and move all of the personal folder files, even those just there for compatibility?

Yes, that's what I did. It is not necessary, but was simpler for my small mind to keep the exact structure on my data drive as it was on the OS drive. It will work no matter how you name them. Copy/paste does not move them, it just gives you a place to move them, you could just as easily move my pictures to a folder named flicks. I did it my way because I was familar with the users file structure, so I kept it the same. A lot of other ways will work also.


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14 Oct 2011   #12
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

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My personal folder structure is located on my Data drive under a "MY Stuff" folder - This contains a my Documents, My Videos, etc. but also the desktop, searches and other special folders that are re-locatable using the Locate feature.

I also include these in the libraries which also include Overflow areas for videos where space constraints mean I have to use other drives / partitions for storage

With this set-up I can enter the folders via the Libraries, User Folders or directly.
So you used the Move feature to move all the personal folders into "My Stuff?" You had no problem with any of the personal folders disappearing in transit like mine did?
Yes I created the "My Stuff" Area as essenbe did, back in the days of vista, and each install I do I repeat the Locate procedure for each of the special folders.

This I've done for multiple installs of win7 all through the Beta stage including pointing two Operating systems to the same data

If you ever have a problem with the location of the folders "losing" focus or the special Icons you can reset the location to default, (choose no to move files), and then using the location feature again. (always choose yes to the move files option as this moves any special hidden files, such as desktop.ini)
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14 Oct 2011   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I just use two partitions: one for Windows and programs and the other for my personal data. It's a simple setup that hasn't let me down so far.

I create a system image backup of the Windows partition and incremental backups of my data partition so I just don't bother with using Libraries.

Also, if ever I do have to re-install Windows I can do so with no fear of my personal data being lost or compromised.
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16 Oct 2011   #14
stlsailor

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
If you ever have a problem with the location of the folders "losing" focus or the special Icons you can reset the location to default, (choose no to move files), and then using the location feature again. (always choose yes to the move files option as this moves any special hidden files, such as desktop.ini)
Barman58, do you use this method to reset the location to default if needed -- Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default ? Does it work even if Windows can't find or has erased a personal folder?
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16 Oct 2011   #15
stlsailor

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

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I create a system image backup of the Windows partition and incremental backups of my data partition so I just don't bother with using Libraries.
If you don't use libraries, is it fair to say you don't use homegroup either? Do you use access level file sharing as was done in WinXP or something else?
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16 Oct 2011   #16
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stlsailor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I create a system image backup of the Windows partition and incremental backups of my data partition so I just don't bother with using Libraries.
If you don't use libraries, is it fair to say you don't use homegroup either? Do you use access level file sharing as was done in WinXP or something else?
I only have one computer so I don't use Homegroup and have no need to set up file sharing as there's only one account on the computer.
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