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Windows 7: Saving a file on another disk

04 Apr 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Saving a file on another disk

I'm very new to Windows of any version so have been practicing some operations and writing them down as a tutorial. Here is one on saving files to other discs. Would any expert please tell me if I have got it right. Thanks.

To save a document physically on the internal Hard Drive called (here) Data(X), and then get it listed in Start > Documents

If you have an SSD (Solid State Drive, AKA RAM Disc) designated as your (C) drive with Windows and others on it (quite a good idea) you might not want to fill it with a huge number of documents, pictures, movies etc. You might prefer to store them, as they are created one by one over the years, on another much larger hard drive (internal or external) but still have the ease-of-use of Windows 7’s the Library system.

1. Do Save As > D. Click Computer(1) > Select Data (X) (scroll down) > Enter File name > Save.
2. Do Start > Documents > Select Data (X) (scroll down if necessary).
3. Do either of the following:
---a. Drag the new file on to Libraries > Documents.
---b. Select the new file and do Send to > Documents
4. Select Start > Documents to confirm that the file is now listed there.
5. As you wish, drag it onto the listing of an existing folder to place its listing there.
6. NOTE The file is still physically stored in Data (X). What has happened is that its listing has been moved from where is was initially (on Data (X) to Start > Documents.

It must be understood that Start > Documents will display lists of folders and files in the same way that a shopping list displays what items are wanted. These Windows 7 lists (and shopping lists) say nothing about where the files (or shopping items) are actually located. Windows 7 “front end” is designed to allow you to use your computer without getting into technicalities.

This works with a picture file saved from Photoshop with the following differences:
(1) Single click only. Also, substitute “Documents” with “Pictures”. It probably works also with Music and Movies.

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04 Apr 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

What I do in most Windows-based programs is to use File, Save As... and point the mini-Explorer to a different drive. I can still do anything with the document as if it were in the default Folder. Or I open Windows Explorer to the Folder, find and right-click the file, choose Cut or Copy or Move and point to the drive or Folder where I want it. Or open 2 Windows Explorers, right-click the Taskbar and choose Show windows side by side then I can simply drag from one Folder/drive to the other.
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04 Apr 2015   #3

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

You may find this interesting. It is what most do with an SSD. User Folders - Change Default Location Another option is to save a document to your Data drive, right click it and select include in Library. Then you can select Documents, pictures, Music or whatever or you can create a new Library which will appear with your other files on your SSD. I have a fairly large collection of ISO files. I did that and selected a new library named ISO Files. Now on my C drive (SSD) I have Documents, pictures, music, Videos and ISO Files. It is still on my Data drive, but it appears on my SSD and opens the same if it was there instead of my Data drive.

Another thing that may interest you is you can add Move to Folder and Copy to Folder to the right click context menu. Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
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