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Windows 7: I wanted to personalize my user folders and ran into a little problem

28 Feb 2012   #1
qwertops

windows vista
 
 
I wanted to personalize my user folders and ran into a little problem

Hello friends i hope you can help me with my problem.

I wanted to personalize my user folders and ran into a little problem. I dont know how, but i managed to make a folder which ill call Double folder under my User folder. The reason im calling it a Double folder is because it contains everything that is under my User folder. This is how it looks like:

User
--Movies
--Music
--Documents
--Double folder
----Movies
----Music
----Documents
----Contacts
----AppData
--Contacts
--AppData

So everything i delete from the Double folder i also delete from the User folder. It basicly acts as a mirror. I cant rename the Double folder nor change its location (but i can do so for all the other folders).

I tried merging the two folders but it just tells me the source and the destination folders are the same. I cant restore the previous versions or copy things because im out of disk space.

Im using Vista 64-bit, hope someone can help, thanks.


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28 Feb 2012   #2
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

to my assumption you have created a shortcut of your main folder and so whatever you do with the shortcut folder the same effects will apply on the original folder also. are you running out of space after creating the shortcuts? or you are running out of space for some other reason? if you are running out of space due to the shortcuts you created, suggest you delete them right away, keep in mind not to delete the original folder.

HTH
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28 Feb 2012   #3
qwertops

windows vista
 
 

Thanks for replying. Yes, you could call it a "shortcut" but it acts as if it were the folder itself. If i delete any folder under the "Double folder", the same folder gets deleted under the "User folder" also. So i cant delete it.

I am not running out of space because of the Double folder (the User folder and the Double folder are the same size), its just that i dont have enough space disk in general to restore the User folder to a previous version (which could be a solution).

Its really a strange problem.
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28 Feb 2012   #4
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

could you upload a screen shot of your main folder and the double folder? you can also try disk clean up Disk Cleanup - Vista Forums
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28 Feb 2012   #5
qwertops

windows vista
 
 

Here is the screenshot with the double folder open. I tried cleaning the disk but it didnt help

You can also se the difference in the properties of both folders (the location of the double folder cannot be changer nor can the folder name be changed).
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28 Feb 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by qwertops View Post
Here is the screenshot with the double folder open. I tried cleaning the disk but it didnt help

http://file.si/pfiles/229633/Untitled-1.jpg

You can also se the difference in the properties of both folders (the location of the double folder cannot be changer nor can the folder name be changed).
What is the folder name of the "Double Folder"?
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28 Feb 2012   #7
qwertops

windows vista
 
 

It is the Download folder (left window). Its open and its contents can be visible in the right window (which are also contents of the blurred User folder).
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28 Feb 2012   #8
mrwearysinner

Windows 7 Ultumate x64
 
 

Did you use a third party software of some sort? cause if you did, that software would have the option to delete the mirror folder.
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28 Feb 2012   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What is the reason you made duplicate folders? Maybe we could help with that.
Check your Libraries and what is included in each, then just include the original folder. Don't know if that will help though.
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28 Feb 2012   #10
qwertops

windows vista
 
 

No i didnt use any software, just windows explorer. I made it by renaming an existing folder and changing its location to a folder (Applications) on my other partition. It copied some of the files from the Applications folder to the User folder but i cancelled the process as this was not what i wanted. I moved those files back to the Applications folder on my E: drive and i noticed the "double folder".

Thanks for helping guys, i hope we can resolve this.
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