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Windows 7: User Folders - Change Default Location

15 Jan 2012   #180
Sarin69

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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.
WHS. Thanks. I will try it again. I did create new files on my D drive and after opening the shell:userfilesfolder I clicked Move under Location in the Properties box along with selecting the new file on D for the new location and then hit Yes as soon as the box popped up yet all that happened is a copy of the My Pics folder into the new location instead of a complete move. I was able to delete the new My Pics file from my D drive and everything was intact and the same in My Pics on my C drive.
The above instructions say to name the file exactly the same thing My Pics from C to a new My Pics D is that an issue here? Should I do something with Libraries instead?
Thanks again WHS


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15 Jan 2012   #181
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sarin,

I have updated the steps in the tutorial a bit to see if that may help. Please try again to see if it may.
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15 Jan 2012   #182
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If this does not work, you have an alternate route (which I actually prefer).

Make folders on your other disk and call them Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc.. Then right click on those folders and INCLUDE them into the appropriate library. Then copy your data from the C folders into the corresponding folders there. If that worked OK, you can delete the content of the folders in C (but not the base folder).

That gives you an extra entry in the libraries and clearly seperates the base system defined folders from your data. The advantage is tha system and program defined folders (especially in Documents) do not get mixed with your own stuff.
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15 Jan 2012   #183
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Agreed Wolfgang. It's much easier and preferred to create new folders where you want them, and just include them in whatever library you want them in for easy access.

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15 Jan 2012   #184
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think that method is a much cleaner cut and you do not get all those program generated folders mixed into your stuff. Plus there is a much smaller chance to make a mistake. Those are the ones that settled in my default documents folder in the brand new system in just a couple of weeks. And there are a few I have already deleted.


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16 Jan 2012   #185
Sarin69

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks again everyone. If I read this correctly you are saying to Copy the contents only from say, My Pics, into a new folder (named anything) on my D drive and once I see that they are all in the new folder I should Delete the original contents only, or pics, from the MyPics folder and leave the actual empty MyPics folder intact?

Do I then include the new folder holding my pictures on the D drive in the Library on my C drive or is that just me reading into the above messages and not needed?
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16 Jan 2012   #186
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sarin,

Correct. Instead of moving say your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Pictures folder to another location, you could create a new folder named whatever on D: , copy what you want to be saved into the D:\new folder instead of any other location, then include the D:\new folder to say your Pictures library.
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16 Jan 2012   #187
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes, you should INCLUDE those folders into the libraries. Else you have only access to your files if you go to the D drive which may not always be convenient.

And leave the Windows default folders in place - even if they are originally empty. Some programs may need them. And if you copy the folders, leave those that were created by programs in the default folders and do not delete them because it is there that those programs will be looking for them. Here are some that are nesting in my default Documents folder.


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10 Feb 2012   #188
techron

 
Existing Redirected User Folders

I had a system crash and have an existing external hard drive "K" originally created using Brink's "Windows 7 - User Folders - Change Default Location" tutorial. The external hard drive is good. Which tutorial should I use to "attach" my existing K drive which contains my Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders?

Thanks

PS. Thanks for these tutorials for redirecting these User Folders. Saved a ton of time.
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10 Feb 2012   #189
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Techron,

I'd recommend to start over, and move your user folders, and just copy what you want from the old folders on the K drive.

If it's just a matter of HDD space, you could just leave your user folders alone at their default location on the C: drive, and just include the folders on the K drive to each library. This way you could access them through the library without having to mess with the user folders locations.
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