Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Problem moving Downloads to another drive.

02 Jul 2014   #1
kdzugan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Problem moving Downloads to another drive.

I currently have a desktop with both C and D drives. OS and programs are on C, all docs, photos, music are stored on D. I decided to move my Downloads folder to the D drive and did so using Downloads Properties>Location and selected the D drive. What happened was that it put the folder on the D drive, but it placed all my other folders (docs, pics, music) INSIDE the Downloads folder. What a mess! I tried to undo this by going back and switching location back to default, but at this point it said that the drive didn't have enough room, because now all those other files were inside. I have since managed to move Downloads back to C, and the other folders are on D, but where did I go wrong?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
02 Jul 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I wouldn`t have tried to move the downloads folder, just copy and paste what`s in the folder to D then delete if you want to.

And you can always change the default download location.

Internet Explorer - Change Default Download Location

Chrome Browser - Change Default Download Location

User Folders - Change Default Location
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jul 2014   #3
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Why not just create a new downloads folder on D: and tell your browser(s) to download to that location instead? That's the way I have done it for quite a few years.

Never bothered with trying to move the default Windows folders.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

03 Jul 2014   #4
kdzugan

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

To AdRam: I wanted to move the folder because I find copying and pasting a waste of energy--why not direct the downloads to where I want them in the first place? As far as changing the default location, that's exactly what I was trying to do when I encountered the problem. I had actually followed instructions as they appear on the Microsoft site, so I don't understand why it went so wrong.

To strollin: How do I redirect the browser to the new folder? I think I actually had a new folder in D once, but one thing I don't like about doing it this way is that I find it confusing to have similar folders on both drives. I may be an idiot, but I run into situations where I'm not paying close attention and I think I'm on one but I'm really on the other. And it seems like some programs will default to one and some will default to the other. There's obviously a hole in my understanding somewhere!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You redirect through the browser's configuration settings. In Firefox it's at tools/options/general tab. Fish around in Internet Explorer or whatever you use.

I've always used Strollin's method: manually create a D:\downloads and redirect the browser. I'm very rarely even aware of any other downloads folder anywhere on any of my drives.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2014   #6
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Tell us which browser you use and we can tell you how to redirect download to a different drive/folder.

I use FireFox and it has a setting to make it prompt for download location each time. I use that so I can direct different downloads to different places. Documents in one folder, pics another, installers another, etc...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Problem moving Downloads to another drive.




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Microsoft downloads installing on external drive and not programs
Can anyone help? The 'installation drive' of Microsoft software seems to be 'corrupt' and tries to install on an external hard drive - how do I get it to revert back to C: Programs etc? Downloads work fine... copying to desktop etc all seem fine... as does other software.... but with...
Software
Problem MOVING files across drive letters.
I have a problem when I am moving files via explorer from one drive to another (right click, MOVE) and while the file copies, it appears to remain in the source directory. If I move a file to the SAME drive, the file moves without issue. If I try to move the file across different drives a second...
General Discussion
Will moving Downloads folder change program default save location?
The Downloads folder by default is at C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads I have another hard disk D:\ that I use it to save data files only and I would like to move the Downloads folder to the D:\Downloads I will follow...
General Discussion
Moving windows/icons down problem!! Move right/left/up - no problem
New system i7 3930K CPU Sabertooth X79 Mortherboard GeForce GTX690 GPU Intel 520 series SSD 32GB RAM Dell U2711 27" Monitor Win 7 Pro
General Discussion
downloads not going to c drive
When i try to download a program its says low disk space even though my c drive has 200 gb free space. my thinking is that its downloading into the recovery which is completly full. im using windows 7 please help i need to install a virus program asap
Drivers


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:39.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App