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  1. Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home x64

    I messed up moving Documents folder location to D:\

    I messed up trying to move my Documents folder location to my D:\ data partition.

    I was following this tutorial, but not carefully enough: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

    I didn't create a new Documents folder on the D:\ partition first, as the tutorial says to do. I clicked on "Move..." and selected the D:\ partition itself for the new location.

    Now, in the menu on the left in File Explorer:

    * Under Quick Access, it no longer shows a Documents folder, instead it says D:\ and has a document icon.

    * Under my User Profile, it no longer shows a Documents folder, instead it has the name of my D:\ partition and the hard drive icon.

    * If I click on my D:\ drive label under This PC, it shows the empty My Bluetooth folder that should be in the Documents folder.

    I then tried making a Documents folder on the D:\ drive and moving it again, but I get the error: The folder can't be moved here. Can't redirect a parent into a child. The specified path is invalid."

    How do I undo this and try again? I'm going to ask before I make it worse. I didn't have any documents in the folder yet.

    I hope this is clear. Thank you for your time.
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  2. Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter

    If it helps, I made a screenshot of the "User Shell Folders" registry page. You can see where it has D:\ in two locations and no Documents.

    I messed up moving Documents folder location to D:\-capture.png
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  3. Posts : 14,009
    Windows 11 Pro X64 22H2 22621.1848

    Can you move it back to C:\Users\youruserid? If yes, then do the move to D:\Documents again only do it correctly

    Do you have a image backup of your system. If not you should before doing major surgery like this.
    Use Macrium Reflect Free and backup to an external hard drive. If you don't have one, get one. You can get a 1TB Toshiba Canvio HD for under $50 US.

    That way, no matter what goes wrong you can recover in 20 minutes or so.
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  4. Posts : 1,097
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)

    What @Ztruker said. Recent experience has ingrained in me the value of Macrium Reflect. One of the easiest, complete and total restorations anyone could ever hope for. It's on both machines and I even invested in two 256 Gb Flash Drives as insurance back up.
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  5. Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter

    I use Macrium Reflect, guys. This is a new system and I was still working my way through setting it up to my liking before doing the backup. I haven't lost any data.

    There must be a way to change it back.
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  6. Posts : 1,471
    Win10 Home x64 - 1809

    Hey sonicwind,
    Have you tried restoring you Documents Folder to the default location - Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  7. Posts : 1,471
    Win10 Home x64 - 1809

    FWIW ...
    I create a D:\User folder and then move my Documents,Pictures,Music,Videos under it. Not only does it save your personal stuff in case of issues with OS, but it also makes it real easy to share on a home network. You only have to share 1 folder (D:\User) on each PC to have network access to all your stuff :)
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  8. Posts : 40,547
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Unfortunately mistakes in using Location can be very hard to correct. The tutorial needs to come with a clear health warning. One member took several days making repeated tests to try to find a way to sort out what the user had done.
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  9. Posts : 21
    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter

    OK, it looks like this is solved! There's two ways to correct this mistake.

    A) In my situation, I right-clicked on "D:" under Quick Access (which was suppose to be Documents). Then, Properties > Location > enter "C:\Users\Me\Documents". Click Apply. It will ask if you want to move stuff. SAY NO otherwise you will get one of those errors.

    After a restart, it was correct. The content that was in my original Documents folder was still on the D drive. Do with it what you want. Now I can start over and do it again properly.

    B) Option #1 in the link Eagle51 gave does not work in this situation. But option #2 will work if followed carefully, judging by a number of Solved threads regarding this issue on various forums.

    I was heading to do Option #2 when I discovered my system was fixed from when I did A) yesterday. I just hadn't completed it with a reboot.

    I confirmed it by looking at the registry in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders.

    Thank you so much to Eagle51 for the link, and Brink for the tutorial and reg file.

    Thanks also to dalchina, Wiley Coyote and Ztrucker for your input.
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  10. Posts : 40,547
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Glad it was recoverable. If you now look again at the tutorial, I think you may find a warning/recommendation Brink has added.

    Just too easy to get this wrong, alas.

    A safer option is to add your own folders to libraries or create your own libraries. (See tutorials).
    I.e. use your own folders/ libraries - there's no absolute need to use the default ones, which I find get stuffed full of folders by programs I install- I regard them as 'their folders'!
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