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Windows 7: File structure confused

31 May 2015   #1

W7 64 bit ultimate
File structure confused

OK ... yesterday I found that I had a copy of 'My Documents' folder inside 'My Pictures' the contents of the folder were identical to the normal 'my Documents'. (initially deleted all - now recovered)
However there is a structure fault.

I still have My documents and a dup of my documents within My Pictures .......

If I look in the normal explorer view I see at top level under my user name .. normal folder ..
My Documents, My Pictures, My Video etc.
If I click on the 'My documents' folder, in the top path bar it shows what I expect.
E:\My Documents (left hand pic below)
However if I click on the start of that path bar this changes to E:\My Pictures\My Documents see pic of right below.

How can I fix this and get back to 'My Documents' being only where it should be.

What may be relevant is that OS is on C:/
Moved my folders to E:/

see pic:

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Possibly this will help,
Libraries - Restore Default
Although this shows the pictures location you can remove which ever you want with the Locations link,
Attachment 360894
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2015   #3


This can happen when you accidentally drag the folder and drop it in an unintended location. You may also have moved it incorrectly. To know which is the actual Shell User Documents folder right click on it to choose Properties to see which has a Location tab and where it is pointed.

Once you find the shell User Documents folder with the Location tab, you can correct its location there if necessary. Once it is confirmed in desired location, you may delete any duplicate Documents folders after making sure you have gotten any files out of them you need.

If not then follow this tutorial User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Forums. You must follow every step as this will always result in restoring the shell User folder to its default location from where you can then move it again. Note that you will need to delete all folders named Documents before restoring to default. Back up the files first.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

31 May 2015   #4

W7 64 bit ultimate

I made in E:/ rather than in libraries and it seems to have sorted itsefl out - no duplicates any more

I'll give the 'return to default' steps a miss for now ... as I don't want to move folders back ......... there is insufficient room on C:\
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31 May 2015   #5


The Restore to Default is only if you needed to recreate the shell Documents folder because none have a Location tab.
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31 May 2015   #6

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

It might be worth noting that the OP recovered a mistakenly deleted document folder from Drive E

See this thread:

recover Deleted folder

Now I suppose that the problem with the folder will depend upon the method used to move it in the first place.

GregRocker can help you with this.

Note   Note
Default junctions:

The following sections refer to disk folders and the required junctions in each, as JunctionName=JunctionTarget.

Documents and Settings=@

Application Data=\ProgramData
Start Menu=Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Default User=Default

[All Users]
Application Data=\ProgramData
Start Menu=\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Documents\My Music=Music
Documents\My Pictures=Pictures
Documents\My Videos=Videos

[Default User]
; (intentionally blank)

Application Data=AppData\Roaming
Local Settings=AppData\Local
My Documents=Documents
NetHood=AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
PrintHood=AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
Start Menu=AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
AppData\Local\Application Data=AppData\Local
AppData\Local\Temporary Internet Files=AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
Documents\My Music=Music
Documents\My Pictures=Pictures
Documents\My Videos=Videos
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2015   #7

W7 64 bit ultimate

The folder was moved using this method to change folder location. As previously I used the move profile method, and when I had an issue, (many months later) found Windows repair tools won't work - they don't support moved profiles.

As it is the saved items in My Docs, My videos, My p[pictures that take up the room ... followed this instead:

i.e. Don't move your Windows user profiles folder to another drive | ZDNet

I had deleted the complete 'my documents' folder (now restored using RECUVA)
All seems back working OK now ... after moving files at E:\ not in library.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2015   #8

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

Yes that method looks okay.
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