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Windows 7: My documents in another location.


24 Jan 2012   #1

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My documents in another location.

Using the change location, right clicking on Documents in Libraries, I told it to go to my I:\Data partition. It copied all the files across but when I look in the Library it tells me the new location is unresponsive. What do I need to do please to make it responsive?

Can I get My Documents/Documents to show the same files/ folder in both locations?

Thank you, I've been playing with this hours and I can't get it right!


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24 Jan 2012   #2

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Go into Control Panel. Change the view to Large Icons and hit Indexing Options. In the dialogue hit Modify and add the necessary folders.

Index Locations - Add or Remove
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24 Jan 2012   #3

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Aha! I had indexing turned off as it slows my system down, but I'm only adding My Docs which won't make any difference. Can I also make a copy of My docs on the desktop without complicating things?

Thanks.
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24 Jan 2012   #4

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Why make a copy? You don't want to duplicate all the files do you? Just create a shortcut.
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24 Jan 2012   #5
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The easiest would be if you created a Documents folder on your 'I' drive and copied the data to there. Then INCLUDE that folder into the documents library (right click on the folder in 'I'). Now you have your documents in both places.

If you want to sync the 2 folders from time to time, use Allway Sync.
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24 Jan 2012   #6

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I made a shortcut of My Docs on the desktop and it was populated by all the files from I:\Data. I assumed these would also be shortcuts but they aren't.

I was trying to reduce the amount of space on my C:\ drive which is why I moved My Docs to I:\Data.

I assumed that by indexing the two folders would be synched?

JUst installed Allsynch but I don't feel happy about using it. I already have FolderMatch which I used for years. I was expecting the indexing to 'autosynch'.
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24 Jan 2012   #7

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I don't think Indexing should make a difference one way or the other when it comes to simply accessing the folder where your documents reside. I have all my data on a different drive (800GB worth) and am using the Libraries feature for all of it with no slowness and no Indexing. I'm thinking that your problem may be due to something else.

As a start, I would run the Error Checking feature on the drive(s) in question.
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25 Jan 2012   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertie11 View Post
I made a shortcut of My Docs on the desktop and it was populated by all the files from I:\Data. I assumed these would also be shortcuts but they aren't.

I was trying to reduce the amount of space on my C:\ drive which is why I moved My Docs to I:\Data.

I assumed that by indexing the two folders would be synched?

JUst installed Allsynch but I don't feel happy about using it. I already have FolderMatch which I used for years. I was expecting the indexing to 'autosynch'.
I you create a shortcut to a folder (My Documents), when you open the shortcut it opens the original folder, so you don't have a copy.

Brinks solution of including it it a library has a similar effect. No duplicates.
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25 Jan 2012   #9

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So should the shortcut to My Docs be populated with the files/folders or should I just have a shortcut? I'm missing something basic here! The shortcut has everything in it from M Docs.

Ran error checking on I:\Data - OK.
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25 Jan 2012   #10

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A shortcut is just a pointer(link) to the original location of the files. As I said earlier if you open the shortcut you are opening the original location so if you have a shortcut to I:\data on your desktop when you open the shortcut you are opening I:\data. Does that make sense?
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