Moving the 'My Documents' folder (and others) to a different hard disk

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  1. Posts : 16,004
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #11

    NavyLCDR said:
    I've moved library folders using the location tab for years without any problems. I even multiboot different versions/editions of Windows and they all use the common relocated folders on my data drive.
    I like that idea!
    Would that also work with another HDD attached?
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  2. Posts : 3,974
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       #12

    Paul Black said:
    I like that idea!
    Would that also work with another HDD attached?
    Library are only links to folders. The folders can be anywhere.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #13

    Megahertz said:
    Library are only links to folders. The folders can be anywhere.
    Yep! That's the key point. Just know where you are pointing to.

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  4. Posts : 16,004
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #14

    Brilliant, thanks.

    It does make sense to have them point to another HDD rather than a partitioned drive on the OS as it far better and safer for many obvious reasons.
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  5. Posts : 3,961
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       #15

    Paul Black said:
    It does make sense to have them point to another HDD rather than a partitioned drive on the OS as it far better for many obvious reasons.
    I agree with you.

    Yet keep in mind that the transfer rate will be slower versus a single drive partitioned solution.

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  6. Posts : 16,004
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       #16

    Compumind said:
    I agree with you.

    Yet keep in mind that the transfer rate will be slower versus a partitioned solution.
    A small price to pay when it comes down to it considering the alternatives of having it on the same drive [ partitioned ] and the whole HDD goes down!
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  7. Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Home, 2004
       #17

    I have moved Documents, Music, Downloads and Pictures to a separate drive, both in my old Windows 7 and on my new Windows 10. Mostly because i have a lot of pictures and the backup images i make of my c drive are much smaller this way.

    I am not by any means a pc-tech or very pc-savvy, but this was a fairly simple job to do.
    Like Try3 i allways create the folders beforehand and then navigate to them using the "location" tab when right-clicking on the original folder.

    When i create the new folders, i create a main folder with the same username as on the c: drive, and then subfolders with identical names like the ones on the c: drive. I then right click on each of them, go to the "Customize" tab and optimize the new folders for their respective use (documents, pictures, music or general items).

    I usually do this on empty folders after a fresh install, so i've never had to move any items in the folders.
    It may be a good ide to manually move any files or folder you have in these folder to the new location before re-locating the folder locations.

    The only problem i've encountered is that i have to manually point Edge (and only Edge) to D:\*Username\Downloads instead of new C:\*Username\Downloads.

    Edit: I don't know how this would work out for multiple users as i am the only user on my pc.
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  8. Posts : 11,362
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #18

    ArthurDent said:
    C: Downloads
    Art,

    @Damun's recent post reminded me to point out that the Downloads folder you referred to at C:\Users\%UserName%\Downloads is the IE downloads folder and it is relocated in the way you intend.
    Move Your Downloads Folder Location - TenForumsTutorials

    The Edge downloads folder is separate. You can relocate it using the procedures in
    Change Edge default downloads folder - TenForumsTutorials

    Denis
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  9. Posts : 16,004
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #19

    Try3 said:
    Art,

    Damun's recent post reminded me to point out that the Downloads folder you referred to at C:\Users\%UserName%\Downloads is the IE downloads folder and it is relocated in the way you intend.
    Move Your Downloads Folder Location - TenForumsTutorials

    The Edge downloads folder is separate. You can relocate it using the procedures in
    Change Edge default downloads folder - TenForumsTutorials
    Nice addition @Try3!
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  10. Posts : 889
    W10-2009 19042.1348
       #20

    Note that you are not obliged to match the original folder path structure, so Documents etc can be made to point to any folder, eg d:\docs or d:\ddd. It is best if that folder exists already, as I (for one) found it confusing trying to relocate when the folders didn't exist - I thought I was telling Windows which folder the 'documents' folder should exist inside, and ended up with the files one level up from where I had intended - in fact one is selecting the folder the 'documents' files will end up in. If one reads the instructions carefully this is clear, but not to someone like me in a rush all those years ago. I think this may be the cause of many of the problems others have experienced.

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    ArthurDent said:
    So, how do you point to the folders on your data disk if you leave the default folders in place on C: drive?
    I think that is one disadvantage of the 'just use other folder' approach - you are left with these hard-wired links in Explorer which point to their original locations, so if you forgetfully use one to drop a file, it can be lost until you think to look there. It may be that the links can be hidden (the way other 'special' folders can), but I haven't tried as I relocate the 'Win10' way.... Well, of course it is, and Mr Brink has been there and done that: Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer

    You could, then, add shortcuts to your new (but not re-located) folders into the Quick Access list.

    PS I thought I was adding a separate comment, but something in this forum system joins my two comments in this thread - saves space, at least.
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