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Windows 7: Transferring Pics, Vids & Music to Second Hard Drive

13 Mar 2011   #1
ndmuscutt

Windows 7 64 Pro
 
 
Transferring Pics, Vids & Music to Second Hard Drive

Recently I noticed that my 500GB hard drive was beginning to get full. It has everything on it. I installed a second hard drive, 1TB, and my intention was to keep all of the programs and OS on the primary 500GB hard drive and transfer all of my documents (pics, vids, docs & music) to the 1TB drive.

When I go to C:\Users\MyName and I go to "cut" a folder like MyMusic and then "paste" it in my new E: drive, it says that the folder is shared and if I move it others will not be able to use it.

Now, before I do this, with MyMusic, MyPictures, etc. I have a question: By moving these over to the E: drive (the new 1TB) drive, am I going to do something I regret, like losing access to these files, the OS not being able to find them, or something like that?


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13 Mar 2011   #2
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

If folders are shared in your documents directory you could just copy the contents rather than cutting. Then once copied delete the duplicates leaving the shared folders.
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14 Mar 2011   #3
allend66

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

You can change the default location of your user folder using Brink's excellent tutorial.

Either that or Nitroman84's advice ...
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14 Mar 2011   #4
ndmuscutt

Windows 7 64 Pro
 
 

I don't want to leave the shared folders on C because then I will always be transferring files over to E. I guess what I want to know is that, if I transfer the files over to E, will my "Libraries" be able to find them?
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14 Mar 2011   #5
mitchell65

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

Answer No. But all you need do is to relink the folders on the E drive. Personally I would give your new external hard drive a dedicated letter, say "X" so that it doesn't get tangled if you add a couple of flash cards or a card reader!
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14 Mar 2011   #6
ndmuscutt

Windows 7 64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Answer No. But all you need do is to relink the folders on the E drive. Personally I would give your new external hard drive a dedicated letter, say "X" so that it doesn't get tangled if you add a couple of flash cards or a card reader!
Is there a quick lesson on how to assign a dedicated letter?
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14 Mar 2011   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Go to Disk Management.

Right click a drive.

You will see a choice to "change drive letter and path".
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