Problem moving Documents Folder to hard drive from SSD


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Problem moving Documents Folder to hard drive from SSD


    My SSD is filling up (it's 256gb) and so I decided to move the documents folder to the D: harddrive. I changed the location under Quick Access to D:\Documents. The system created the directory and moved the files. However, before the move there were 54gb of files and 2840 folders under C:\<user name>\Documents. Now after the 'move' there are 26gb and 2840 folders left under C:\<user name>\Documents. If it moved them, how come a copy of 1/2 of files and all of the folders are still on C:\ ? I verified it's not just a pointer by deleting one of the files in D:\Documents. It's still on C:\.
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  2. Posts : 12,472
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    The problem could be in how you made the move. I find it works best to first create the new Folder on the second drive or partition such as D:\Documents. The I go to C:\Users\USERNAME, right-click the Documents Folder and on the Location tab specify the new Folder. The Folders shown on the left column above the C: drive usually do not fully work for the process.
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  3. Posts : 152
    Windows 10 Pro/Education x64
       #3

    In addition to what Berton said, I find that it's generally safer to copy/paste the files instead of moving (basically the same as cut/paste method) the files. This way you can verify you have exactly the same amount of files and disk space used (assuming formatting is the same on both drives).
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