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Windows 7: How to delete default folders in User folder?

26 Aug 2015   #11

Win7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boyer90 View Post
if you are using windows 7, just make a videos folder on the drive that you want, then in the videos library, right click, go to properties, and remove the location to the c: drive folder, then add new location and select the folder you made on your other drive. after that, you can put all your videos on that drive, and when you click the videos library, you will see all the videos that are in the folder that you mapped there. thats what i did with mine, since i partitioned my drive, i have c: for os, and D: for vids, docs, etc and i just remapped my librarys to the folder i created for each on my D:
Yeah, that is the standard way that Windows 7 offers to relocate default User folders. Personally, I don't like it, because when you navigate into your relocated User folders, you get kicked over the new location. I didn't want the user (Mrs. Mc510) to even know that I'd relocated the folders! This is what I did:
  1. Create a new folder in the desired location (e.g., MKDIR D:\Videos)
  2. Move all documents from the original folder to the new folder (I find Explorer to be easiest for this, but you could use Robocopy)
  3. Delete the original folder (RMDIR C:\Users\Myself\Videos)
  4. Create a symbolic link that points to the new folder (MKLINK /D C:\Users\Myself\Videos D:\Videos)
  5. Repeat for other default user folders
  6. Optional - create a Group Policy to hide drive D: in Explorer (User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Explorer -- Hide these specified drives in My Computer)
So far so good. Everything looks and behaves exactly like a default Windows 7 installation, but data is being saved on my large hard drive instead of my small SSD. I still don't know exactly what the effect of this will be if I create a backup image of C: or D:, or if I upgrade to Win10, or for indexing.

For the last step, an alternative would be to remove the drive letter from D: after copying all the data over to the new folders, and then create the symbolic links using the GUID for the data drive. In fact, I was planning to do this, until I realized that I could more easily use a group policy.

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