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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location

29 Dec 2011   #170
josephb248

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Is it possible to change the defualt location of a user folder to an external hard drive or a network attached hard drive?


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29 Dec 2011   #171
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Joseph, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would strongly recommend to not even try it though to prevent some serious issues if something should go wrong.

Instead, I would recommend to use libraries for this. You could have a folder on the external drive, and include that folder in a library of your choice (ex: Music). This way you will be able to access every included folder at that single library location, and still have everything stored at the folder's location (ex: folder on external drive).

Libraries - Include a Network Folder

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Library - Include a Folder

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Dec 2011   #172
josephb248

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks that's great, I've sorted it now. Thanks for your help.
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30 Dec 2011   #173
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Joseph.
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13 Jan 2012   #174
R0adking

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I'm having great difficulty changing the location of folders. My Documents and Downloads work fine, but doing My Music, My Videos and My Pictures creates duplicate folders despite saying 'Yes'. These are without icons and can't be deleted as permission is denied. A System Restore gets things back to default, but how do I fix the problem?
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13 Jan 2012   #175
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello John,

Instead of moving the user folders, I would recommend to use libraries for this instead. You could have folders at any another location to have your files in, and include a folder in a library of your choice (ex: Music, Pictures, or Videos). You could even set any included folder to be the default library save to folder. This way you will be able to access every included folder in the library location, and still have everything stored at the folder's location.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Jan 2012   #176
R0adking

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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

Instead of moving the user folders, I would recommend to use libraries for this instead. You could have folders at any another location to have your files in, and include a folder in a library of your choice (ex: Music, Pictures, or Videos). You could even set any included folder to be the default library save to folder. This way you will be able to access every included folder in the library location, and still have everything stored at the folder's location.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks for the quick reply, I'll consider this option. I have found a work round to get rid of the duplicate empty folders - I can delete them in Safe Mode in order to clean things up. Presume this is OK?

Cheers

John
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13 Jan 2012   #177
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, that would be perfectly safe to do.
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14 Jan 2012   #178
Sarin69

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Followed Exactly Windows copied My Pics not moved

I followed the above instructions and when I hit the Yes button a box popped up stating that Windows is preparing to copy My Pics and it proceeded to copy the list of folders and then the pictures into my D drive instead of moving them into the designated drive. The Properties box for My Pics did not close after Windows started copying the My Pics folder it instead turned a blank gray.

Any advice?

Thanks
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14 Jan 2012   #179
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Create empty folders on the designated drive - as many as you want to move. Call then F1, F2, etc. (or anything, it does not matter) and Move your folders to any of those predefined folders.
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