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Windows 7: My Documents: Is There Two or One?

23 May 2012   #1
TomBrooklyn

Win 7 Pro
 
 
My Documents: Is There Two or One?

1. Is there two My Documents or one?

In the library, there is a:

Documents/My Documents

and a

Computer/C:/Users/{Username}/My Documents


Are they both the same?

If you redirect one to another hard drive, will they both go there?


2. There is a padlock icon on my "Username" under Users. Why is that? Is this what is called my profile? What parts of this make sense to move to the other hard drive with my data? What parts, if any, are better left where they are on the C drive?


3. Under Documents/My Documents, Folders are Music, Pictures, and Videos. Under C:/Username/My Documents, folders are My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos. The names are different. So are those the same folders?

4. Under Documents/My Documents, My Music is a folder under Music, along with Public Music. Is there any significance to this folder structure? Why is Microsoft creating such a detailed folder structure anyway. Do they think users are incapable of setting up there own data system? They are causing me to get confused with all this detail they have set up. I don't know if I can change it without creating some kind of problem.


3. All of these folders like Music seem to be on the same folder level as My Documents, rather than as subfolders of My Documents as they are in XP. Is that right?


I want to shift My Documents and all data to a separate hard drive, so I need to understand this whole folder structure in Windows 7.


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23 May 2012   #2
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Libraries—new in Windows 7

Don't worry about the Silverlight prompt if you see it - MS is just promoting it's product. There's a video that needs it, but you can ignore it.
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23 May 2012   #3
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

You don't actually have to move My Documents if you use Libraries properly. You can create a new folder elsewhere, move your documents to it and then include that folder in the Documents library. I have folders scattered all over my system included in various libraries.

Library - Include a Folder
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23 May 2012   #4
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

It is possible to move the special user folders. Libraries sort of makes that unnecessary though. You can change the Default folder in Libraries to achieve the same thing I think you want. but.....
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23 May 2012   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That's how I do it. I don't move anything. I create folders on the D (Data) drive, and point my Libraries there.
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