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Windows 7: How to install "My Documents" folder in 2nd drive

31 Jul 2012   #1

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to install "My Documents" folder in 2nd drive

Hi all, in order to optimize the main OS SSD I want to install the "My Documents" folder (or its equivalent in Windows 7) in my 2nd internal data drive as it occupies a lot of space in my main OS SSD drive. How can I do this? Thanks


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31 Jul 2012   #2

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There are a number of things you can do.

The simplest is to just move your documents onto the other disk and include the folder created in the documents library.

Slightly more complicated you can follow this tutorial to move the default MyDocuments location. User Folders - Change Default Location

If you want to move your entire user profile follow this tutorial. User Profile - Change Default Location
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31 Jul 2012   #3

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The simplest is to just move your documents onto the other disk and include the folder created in the documents library.
You mean create a new folder in the 2nd drive, cut/paste the entire documents library onto this new folder and then create a shortcut to this new folder in the original documents library?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Slightly more complicated you can follow this tutorial to move the default My Documents location. User Folders - Change Default Location

If you want to move your entire user profile follow this tutorial. User Profile - Change Default Location
Which of these two is the more stable/recommended one? Thanks
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31 Jul 2012   #4

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Not quite. If you create a documents folder on your second drive. Then move your documents into it. You can include the new folder in your documents library as in this tutorial. Library - Include a Folder. This is the way I do it. My documents library has 5 folders included in it. Only one of these is on the Windows disk, the normal My Documents folder as some programs insist on using this.
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I've never had the need to use either of those methods so I will leave it to others to comment.


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