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Windows 7: How to move the location of the 'My Documents' folder

12 Dec 2017   #1
Andrew Hart

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to move the location of the 'My Documents' folder

How do I relocate the folder 'My Documents' in Win7 Ultimate. When I installed Win7 in March 2010 I moved it from the C: drive (where Win7 was installed and where C: was one of 4 partitions on my No 1 physical hard disk drive, the other partitions being D:, E:, and F to my main data drive (H (H: is simply one of 3 partitions on my No2 physical hard disk drive, namely G:, H:, and I but I have forgotten how I did that. Now my H: drive is constantly having bad sector problems and I want to move the My Documents folder to my I: drive. I have tested the I: drive with Steve Gibson's SpinRite program and it reports that the I: partition has no problems.


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12 Dec 2017   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Open Explorer. Under Libraries you should see Documents and under, My Documents.
Right click My Documents - Properties - Location tab. Select move and browse to the new location.
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12 Dec 2017   #3
looked

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andrew Hart View Post
Now my H: drive is constantly having bad sector problems and I want to move the My Documents folder to my I: drive.
I "never" save anything in the Documents folder for the only reason that if Windows gets corrupted, you say goodbye to your work, well there is still a change you can retrieve the files but that is another topic.
What I do I create a specific folder and sub directories on a separate partition or drive and if you feel comfortable, you can create a shortcut to that folder on your desktop.
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12 Dec 2017   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Andrew,

In addition, the tutorial below can help refresh your memory on how to move your "My Documents" folder.

User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
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13 Dec 2017   #5
Andrew Hart

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to move the location of the 'My Documents' folder

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Open Explorer. Under Libraries you should see Documents and under, My Documents.
Right click My Documents - Properties - Location tab. Select move and browse to the new location.
Many thanks, Megahertz07. That seems to have done the trick and it move all of the sub-folders like My Music, My Pictures and My Videos as well.
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13 Dec 2017   #6
Andrew Hart

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to move the location of the 'My Documents' folder

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Andrew,

In addition, the tutorial below can help refresh your memory on how to move your "My Documents" folder.

User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
Many thanks to you as well, Brink. I will reread this tutorial. It looks familiar and I have a vague recollection that you may have referred me to it way back years ago when I originally sought help here in this forum before moving several folders (not just 'My Documents') in my user profile from my C: drive to my H: drive.
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13 Dec 2017   #7
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I'm with Looked. I deleted My Documents and made a new folder called Ddoc on my data partition. I don't want any of my data on the C partition.
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13 Dec 2017   #8
looked

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
I don't want any of my data on the C partition.
And for every software I install, I always go into the settings and set its working/save directory in the data partition or a separate drive in my case.
You'll notice that often programs automatically set a directory in the Documents folder which is a good thing for shared computers due to privacy concerns but if you're the sole administrator, then don't do it.
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13 Dec 2017   #9
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by looked View Post
And for every software I install, I always go into the settings and set its working/save directory in the data partition or a separate drive in my case.
You'll notice that often programs automatically set a directory in the Documents folder which is a good thing for shared computers due to privacy concerns but if you're the sole administrator, then don't do it.
True, but I no longer have the My Doc folder. I removed that, Library, My Videos and My Music, I think with Classic Shell.
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13 Dec 2017   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by looked View Post
I "never" save anything in the Documents folder for the only reason that if Windows gets corrupted, you say goodbye to your work, well there is still a change you can retrieve the files but that is another topic.
What I do I create a specific folder and sub directories on a separate partition or drive and if you feel comfortable, you can create a shortcut to that folder on your desktop.
That's one reason for moving the Documents folder to another drive or partition. Another is to allow using different programs for backing up the C: partition and your data.

Speaking of backups, if you backup your data, you won't have to worry about losing it if something gets corrupted.
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