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Windows 7: My Documents Folder


20 Jul 2010   #1

windows 7
 
 
My Documents Folder

I moved the "My Documents" folder to partition D.
(What a mistake though!)
Instead of moving the whole thing as a single folder, it moved it's CONTENTS!
Which means, when I click on D, I see the "CONTENTS of My Documents".
But, I expected to see a folder named "My Documents", and the rest of the drive D (which was luckily empty at the time).
Even worse, it seemed like D had actually transformed into My Documents.
Like, when I attempted to move the other My ... folders, I got a message: Are you sure to move a system folder into another system folder? It is irreversible, and they can not be separated.
(Which truth I had already witnessed with the previous move.)
It also seemed like a ghost of the My Documents folder still existed on the original location (C:\Users...). Like when I created a new folder and tried to name it "My Documents", a duplicate name message would appear.
I put it back with lots of difficulty, and would like to know how to accomplish this task.
Pleeeeeeeeez help.

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20 Jul 2010   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Nina and a very warm welcome to the Forum.
First off, don't panic. After a short while on this forum you will find that there is a solution to most problems.
First off when you got the message "Are you sure to move a system folder into another system folder?" that should have rung bells. The My Document (Re-named "Documents" in Windows 7) is not the same as was on Windows XP.
Other better brains than mine will come to the rescue here I am sure but meantime have you tried a System Restore? That's what I would do first. Please come back here if you need help with that.
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20 Jul 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you used the proper method for moving the folder (thru folder properties > Location tab), you probably made a classic mistake by moving it to the D drive without defining a documents folder on D first and move it to that folder instead of to the drive. Now your folder is equal to the drive - bad news.

I suggest you do the following:

1. Reestablish the default location for the documents folder. Here is how: User Folders - Restore Default Location
2. Cleanup D (after you made sure all your documents files are back to the defauld location)
3. Define a folder on D - call it Documents
4. Go to properties > location tab of your reestablished documents default folder and move it to the newly defined Documents folder on D. That way things will be properly done.
The same can be done for Picures, Videos, Music, etc. But you always have to move them to a defined folder on D - not to the drive.
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20 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Nina59, Welcome to SevenForums, Here is another How to on user folders, Good luck to you
User Folders - Change Default Location
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07 Aug 2010   #5

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you used the proper method for moving the folder (thru folder properties > Location tab), you probably made a classic mistake by moving it to the D drive without defining a documents folder on D first and move it to that folder instead of to the drive. Now your folder is equal to the drive - bad news.

I suggest you do the following:

1. Reestablish the default location for the documents folder. Here is how: User Folders - Restore Default Location
2. Cleanup D (after you made sure all your documents files are back to the defauld location)
3. Define a folder on D - call it Documents
4. Go to properties > location tab of your reestablished documents default folder and move it to the newly defined Documents folder on D. That way things will be properly done.
The same can be done for Picures, Videos, Music, etc. But you always have to move them to a defined folder on D - not to the drive.
Thank you for the wonderful, short, and straight to the point answer!
Nina59
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07 Aug 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome.
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02 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If i move My Documents folder on the D / E partition,what's happent with the saved games from My Documents ?
They will save themselves again in another "new create " My Documents folder,in C ?
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02 Sep 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
If i move My Documents folder on the D / E partition,what's happent with the saved games from My Documents ?
They will save themselves again in another "new create " My Documents folder,in C ?
How do you save those games? Usually you can define the folder to where they are being saved.
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02 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stereo View Post
If i move My Documents folder on the D / E partition,what's happent with the saved games from My Documents ?
They will save themselves again in another "new create " My Documents folder,in C ?
How do you save those games? Usually you can define the folder to where they are being saved.
I don't know, but i think that's not possible.
But if you can do that,just tell me, please, how do you save some games ( Grid, Crysis ) into another folder ?!
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02 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
Nina59, Welcome to SevenForums, Here is another How to on user folders, Good luck to you
User Folders - Change Default Location
@Stereo: No.
If you follow the instructions above to properly move your documents folder, windows redirects anything that points to "my documents" to the new folder by way of symbolic link or junction. So any file or subfolder that resides in the user documents on C:\ will actually be linked from the new location, including the savegames.
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