Can a Desktop be created on a second internal HDD?

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  1. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
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    Can a Desktop be created on a second internal HDD?


    On Win 10 Home my Dell desktop has an internal 128 GB SSD (C drive) and a 1TB standard HDD (D drive). Wondering if it is possible to somehow create a desktop for the 1 TB drive as documents, photos, videos and other storage hogs will be on it.

    Dell tech support (if I was able to understand the support agent) said it could only be created on the drive containing the OS.
    Wondering if that is correct?

    Frank
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
       #2

    Hello Frank,

    You could move the default location of your Desktop folder to where you like.

    Move Location of Desktop Folder in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 1,382
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    Brink, I think OP wants a second desktop, all that is needed is a full size folder with the desired icons, docs, etc, in that folder on the other nonOS HD.
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  4. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks to Brink and R for the responses - yes R is correct I do want a second desktop. Need guidance on how to accomplish ... " all that is needed is a full size folder with the desired icons, docs, etc, in that folder on the other nonOS HD'". Second question will this newly created folder and its icons, docs etc be functional?
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  5. Posts : 1,382
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    Yes, this 2nd folder, populated with most if not all similar-acting stuff, should work very well. While I do not know if Windows will work well with two "official Desktops" -- I have been using 2nd folders with little trouble.
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  6. Posts : 55
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    Wondering just how you went about creating the 2nd folder, populated with most if not all folders and files I have placed/created on the 1TB Drive D rather than load up the 128GB C drive which contains the OS.

    Thanks again for your patience and assistance,

    Frank
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  7. Posts : 1,382
       #7

    It's very similar to the numerous software folders inside the Programs dolder, except one can add oodles of DOC, TXT, etc., into your 2nd Folder. :)
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  8. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    OK got it - it is a second folder please advise just how you went about creating this second folder. I know it may be an obvious and dumb question but my pc cognition level is poor at age 88 - will this created folder look similar to the desktop I have now on the 129 GB operating system SSD drive when I start it?

    Thanks for your patience with me,

    Frank
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    If you want to be able to create and switch between different desktop displays with different content, you can:

    Add New Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

    Can a Desktop be created on a second internal HDD?-untitled.png

    Here you can see in Desktop 1 I have Firefox open- this session: Desktop 2 has only file explorer open.

    I could put whatever files folders and shortcuts I want on each and switch between them.
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  10. Posts : 55
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks Jan for the suggestion: will give the tutorial you linked a try -will have to figure out how to get the new virtual desktop into the D drive that has no OS and get the folders I have placed there onto the new virtual desktop. May be a challenge!!!!

    Frank
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