Moved Desktop to D Drive now a problem

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  1. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
       #1

    Moved Desktop to D Drive now a problem


    I am running Windows 10 Home version 21 H1

    My C drive was showing red as nearly full so in my wisdom I thought I could move my desktop file to my D drive.

    Unfortunately I didn't move it as I should have done after reading a few forum posts.

    I didn't make a new folder named Desktop in my D drive now all desktop folders are mixed with my existing D drive folders and files.

    I want to either get my desktop folder back into C drive or keep in d drive but seperate from othe files.
    I have found out you can only get a location tab in properties if it is a system folder and wondered if I could reuse the 3d objects folder to keep desktop in C drive or make a desktop folder a system folder in D drive?
    If I make a sytem folder in D drive will it show in my "This PC" folders?

    I hope this makes sense..!
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  2. MaloK's Avatar
    Posts : 1,440
    Windows 7 Pro
       #2

    Hi,

    Go to properties of your desktop folder, select location tab, Click restore default.

    Do not copy files. Just restore the original emplacement, then use Windows explorer to bring back to your desktop all the things that where there initially.

    Once everything back in order, you can follow the guide to move your personal folder again.

    Have you run Disk Cleanup Utility to see if you could recover some place.

    Code:
    cleanmgr
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  3. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi, thanks for the reply, unfortunately I no longer have a desktop folder as I didn't move it correctly to my D drive, I can't actually remember what I did exactly to move it, but now all my desktop folders and files are in D drive individually with no Desktop folder.

    I need to make a seperate desktop folder in my D drive but make as a system folder somehow?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,484
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #4

    Hello Richchad,

    You could try using an option in the tutorial below to restore the default location of your Desktop folder.

    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10

    Afterwards, you could try moving it again if wanted using the method in the tutorial below.

    Move Location of Desktop Folder in Windows 10
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  5. MaloK's Avatar
    Posts : 1,440
    Windows 7 Pro
       #5

    Yes, Restoring the the default location will bring back the folder to it's original place. "c:\users\YourName\Desktop"

    Do not copy files if asked to, because at the moment it will bring all your D: to your desktop.

    Once done you can verify if your desktop is back to it original state by browsing to "c:\users\YourName\Desktop"

    Right click and create a new text file write something in it and save it... If it appears on your desktop. you have successfully restored the location.

    Then proceed with file explorer to bring back your desktop items from D:\ to your desktop as "they where" before.
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  6. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks for all the info guys, give me a bit of time and will see what I can fix...
    I should have read how to move a user folder before I did it....doh

    - - - Updated - - -

    Okay, managed to restore desktop folder using the Bat. file
    I will run stuff for a few days before I decide to move anything again.

    I might try to reduce files on my desktop to gain more space or possible move perhaps the downloads folder rather than the Desktop folder as not so important if I screw it up again.

    Not sure what else I can do to gain more space as always a bit dodgy deleting stuff from C Drive.

    Anyway thanks to you both for helping me, much appreciated.
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  7. MaloK's Avatar
    Posts : 1,440
    Windows 7 Pro
       #7

    Good to ear...

    You didn't reply on trying to run the disk cleanup tool ?

    Code:
    cleanmgr
    '
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,484
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #8

    Great news. Glad we could help.

    You can look through the tutorial below to pick and choose items to hopefully free up more hard drive space.

    Free Up Drive Space in Windows 10
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  9. Posts : 20
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    MaloK said:
    Good to ear...

    You didn't reply on trying to run the disk cleanup tool ?

    Code:
    cleanmgr
    '
    I will do disk clean up at some point, just want to be sure all is okay first...
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  10. MaloK's Avatar
    Posts : 1,440
    Windows 7 Pro
       #10

    It's the safest way to remove temps files and other windows left overs. This tool is provided by Microsoft as part of the OS and is perfectly safe to use.

    If you have never run it, you might recover a lot of space there.
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