Windows 10: Changing Indexing and Contacts folder locations.

  1.    11 May 2018 #1

    Changing Indexing and Contacts folder locations.

    I'd appreciate opinions about the wisdom of moving the Indexing and Contacts folders off the OS partition.

    I once tried it with the system default Downloads, Music, and Picturers folders, and it caused a mess.

    As far as the Contacts folder is concerned, the system doesn't seem to like it very much. The first thing that happened when I changed it was the system froze up. And even after it was complete, I don't know what the possible after effects are.
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       12 May 2018 #2

    You can move User (system) folders with this procedure:

    - right click on a folder you want to move (i.e. Contacts) and click on Properties.

    - In new window that appears, select Location Tab and then Move.

    - When you click on move, you are prompted to select a new location. You have to select folder where you want to move Contacts (create new folder and name it as you wish ).

    - Click on apply.

    Here a re tutorials for documents folder. It's the same procedure..
    tutorials documents-folder-move-location-windows-10

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  3.    12 May 2018 #3

    As far as moving Indexing, look at this Guide: Change Search Index Location in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4.    18 May 2018 #4

    Thanks, but I didn't need advice about "how" to change locations.

    I wanted to know if anyone has experienced symptoms of instability when doing it. For instance, since the time I changed the contacts location, it now crashes when I try to make changes in contacts.

    Also, would there be negative effects from disabling Indexer Backoff?
    Last edited by kitpzyxmsir; 18 May 2018 at 13:04.
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  5.    19 May 2018 #5

    The simplest way which i use myself is just to right click and drag it to the new location and make sure "Move" is chosen. Job done
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  6. AndreTen's Avatar
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       19 May 2018 #6

    Hearsepilot said: View Post
    The simplest way which i use myself is just to right click and drag it to the new location and make sure "Move" is chosen. Job done
    I wouldn't do this with system User folders. May get you in trouble. Follow the procedure described in tutorials, so the system can make all the necessary adaptation in paths. I've never got any problems with moving User folders and I move most of them.
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  7.    19 May 2018 #7

    It works everytime for me, i check the location afterwards and its reflected
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