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  1.    01 Jan 2018 #1

    ? After I Moved Libraries ie. Documents, Pictures and Download Folders


    Question After I "Moved" Libraries ie. Documents, Pictures and Download Folders From SSD to Other Internal HDD Drive

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    So the process was simple enough and relatively successful. Everything in the aforementioned folders is now on the HDD under specific names. When I test it and say create an empty folder in Downloads on the SSD it appears in the "Downloads" folder on the HDD. I probably did not understand all of the nuances of the procedure since I was under the impression that now documents, pictures and downloads would no longer be saved to the library folders on the SSD but ONLY to the HDD. That does not appear to be the case. I wanted to relieve the "writing" of files to the SSD and just have them written to the HDD. By moving the folders to the HDD it seems like I have done nothing more then make a back up copy of the folders on the SSD. Is there a way to have downloads, documents etc only be written to the HDD and not the SSD even though I have booted into the SSD? TIA.
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       01 Jan 2018 #2

    I use Preferences or Options in my Browsers to specify a particular Folder on the D: partition, usually named as Downloads, and everything goes into that Folder for manipulating later.

    There is a procedure for moving particular Folders in File Explorer. Right-click the desired Folder, click Properties, click the Location tab and follow the prompts. BUT, be sure to create a Folder of the same name on the D: drive first then point to that location.
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  3.    01 Jan 2018 #3

    >I use Preferences or Options in my Browsers to specify a particular Folder on the D: partition, usually named as Downloads

    Didn't think of that. Thanks. I'll try that for downloads. I am assuming both Firefox and Chrome have that option.

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    There is a procedure for moving particular Folders in File Explorer...

    Right. That's what I did with the Downloads, Pictures and Documents folders (moved them all to the D drive) using the technique you referenced above thinking that everything would now be only written to those folders on the D drive and no longer on the SSD drive but as I pointed out that is not the case. The folders are of the same name but obviously the path is different.
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       01 Jan 2018 #4

    When you moved the folders it asks whether you want to move everything from C to the new folder, did you click yes? If you did, that folder should not appear in your C:\Users\Your User Name\ . If you open file explorer and right click on one of the moved files and select properties, it should show you where the file is located. It should be located where you moved it to.

    If you clicked no, there is probably a copy of the files in both places.
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  5.    01 Jan 2018 #5

    If you were successful moving your user files, When you click on the Documents shortcut, either from the Start Button, This PC, or in File Explorer, it should open the Documents folder on the D: Drive HDD and not on the C: drive. In this Documents folder, if you choose to Create a new folder, it will create it in the D:\Documents folder.
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       01 Jan 2018 #6

    See if this helps

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  7.    01 Jan 2018 #7

    >When you moved the folders it asks whether you want to move everything from C to the new folder, did you click yes?

    I did or at least I believe I did. I must have since all of the files and folders that were currently on C are now on D in their respective folders. Unless I missed an option and I am wondering if there was just an option to click transfer or move if there is perhaps I clicked transfer instead of move. I'm not home now but I did put some info in an email to myself since I knew I would be asking this question tonight.

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    If you open file explorer and right click on one of the moved files and select properties, it should show you where the file is located. It should be located where you moved it to.

    When I opened explorer when I was home and right clicked on one of the files and the example I emailed to myself is "P51 User Guide.pdf" which is in the docs folder the properties of that file do in fact indicate the location where everything has been copied to which is D:\C SSD\Documents." "D" of course represents the D drive or the internal HDD. "C SSD" was to inform me that the item came from the "C" SSD drive and then the name of the folder which is "Documents" just as it appears on the C drive.

    But everything still remains on the C drive and now I have a copy on the D drive : ) I guess I could start over and perhaps see if I missed a step but I thought that I did it right. Thanks for your time.

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  •    01 Jan 2018 #8

    spunk said: View Post
    If you were successful moving your user files, When you click on the Documents shortcut, either from the Start Button, This PC, or in File Explorer, it should open the Documents folder on the D: Drive HDD and not on the C: drive. In this Documents folder, if you choose to Create a new folder, it will create it in the D:\Documents folder.
    Thanks for the feedback. As I mentioned previously I am not home now but will see what happens when I try that tomorrow. Thanks.
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  •    01 Jan 2018 #9

    essenbe See if this helps

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    Well that looks interesting. I will see if I can figure out what I did when I get home tomorrow by following the vid. Thank you.
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  •    01 Jan 2018 #10

    If it was done properly the Files will all be on D:\ now

    Win10 will also I find still keep the Original folder on C:\ eg C:\Users\Pictures etc etc but those folders will be empty

    If you Moved the location but Copied the Old files over with Windows explorer you will have two Copies now.... but all new documents / folders etc will be created on D:\

    did you see this series of Tutorials from Brink ?

    Documents Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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