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  1. Posts : 11
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    Documents Location Changed But Property Location Is Correct - ???


    Greetings! I tried to search for posts on my issue but all that comes up is advice on how to move your Documents folder. I already did that. I changed my location from my SSD C:\ drive to my data drive E:\. Everything seemed fine until today when I navigated to the E: drive with Windows Explorer. My documents and music folders somehow got moved to a "Videos" folder. The "Gary" folder appears to be gone. However, the Documents shortcuts still work. In fact, the location property for Documents shows the correct (old) path but when I click on Find Target, it takes me to the Videos folder. I'm not sure when this happened. I have a system image but I'm afraid it was created after the fact. (Yes, I have rebooted)
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    Gla4g said:
    Greetings! I tried to search for posts on my issue but all that comes up is advice on how to move your Documents folder. I already did that. I changed my location from my SSD C:\ drive to my data drive E:\. Everything seemed fine until today when I navigated to the E: drive with Windows Explorer. My documents and music folders somehow got moved to a "Videos" folder. The "Gary" folder appears to be gone. However, the Documents shortcuts still work. In fact, the location property for Documents shows the correct (old) path but when I click on Find Target, it takes me to the Videos folder. I'm not sure when this happened. I have a system image but I'm afraid it was created after the fact. (Yes, I have rebooted)
    You can press the Restore default button (changes it back to C:\Users\Gary\Documents) and then perform the move again to the location of your choice. Answer yes to move files if prompted.
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  3. Posts : 11
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    Thanks. My music files no longer appear in the Music library but restoring the default libraries appears to have had no effect on the Documents library. Note: The folder E:\Gary is not visible in Windows Explorer
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    The user folders and libraries are two different things.

    Resetting Libraries just removes all of the referenced folders in the Libraries or re-creates the standard ones if they were deleted and makes them visible on the navigation pane (i think it makes them visible)

    In both of the Property screen shots, I see your Documents folder in E:\Gary .

    On the View menu ribbon
    tick show hidden files

    Can you see Gary now?

    Try the blue File menu
    Folder options
    View tab
    show protected files ... yes I want to show them

    Can you see Gary now?



    I'll get back to the other things later.
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    Did you perchance use Settings to move the location of your folders?
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  6. Posts : 11
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    I already had View>Hidden Files selected. But in poking around I did find that I had changed the default save locations for Documents and Videos. Is that what you mean? I had 2 Documents folders (one in This PC and the other in Libraries) and I tried to "fix" it.

    I ran "Shell:UsersFileFolder" in the address bar of File Explorer. The Documents folder properties shows E:\Gary. The Videos folder shows E:\ and that's where it appears in File Explorer and is in fact the folder in which Documents now appears.
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  7. Posts : 11
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       #7

    BTW Slartybart, thanks for helping. I may have been wrong about the default save locations. Either that or I somehow reset them. Is there somewhere else in Setting where they can be changed?
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    Gla4g said:
    BTW Slartybart, thanks for helping. I may have been wrong about the default save locations. Either that or I somehow reset them. Is there somewhere else in Setting where they can be changed?
    The save location in Settings looks ok. I asked because there are Gary and Sharlene folders on E: and that made me think you used Settings > Save locations.

    Is this what you want

    E:\Gary\Documents
    E:\Gary\Music
    E:\Gary\Pictures
    E:\Gary\Videos

    Navigate to C:\Users\Gary
    post a screen shot of the folders

    Right click Documents (if there)
    press the location tab
    Post a screen shot

    If any of the user folders are there, please post a screen shot of the location tab

    Also, launch a Command Prompt
    cd e:\
    attrib Gary

    dir /a
    dir /a /s Gary > %TEMP%\listUser.txt

    Post a screen shot of the Command Prompt window
    also attach %TEMP%\listUser.txt

    See: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums

    On the upload file dialog, you can put %TEMP%\listUser.txt in the file field or [ Browse ] to %TEMP% and select listUser.txt
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  9. Posts : 11
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    E:\Gary\Documents
    E:\Gary\Music
    E:\Gary\Pictures
    E:\Gary\Videos

    That would work. I have an SSD sys drive. Although it has plenty of free space, that wouldn't be the case if I stored photos, videos and documents on it. I want all of that on the E: drive. It doesn't look like my wife will use this PC much if at all. I'll worry about her another time. ;-)

    Below are the capture images. But the DIR output to the text file does not appear to contain any attribute info. Because it's such a large file, I uploaded only a partial.

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    Ok, Muisic and Pictures are in C:\Users\Gary - leave them be for now until the hidden Gary folder is resolved.

    You told me Videos is on E:\ and the image in post 3 confirms that it is what seems to be the special User folder Videos (icon).
    But there is also a regular folder in C:\Users\Gary\Videos. Leave this alone for now too.

    You mentioned: The Videos folder shows E:\ and that's where it appears in File Explorer and is in fact the folder in which Documents now appears.

    Please post a screenshot of the location tab on E:\Videos\Documents
    Also let me see a top level list of E:\Videos, I don't need a full sub level list
    Cmd
    e:
    cd Videos
    dir /a

    E:\Gary only has a read-only attribute - that wouldn't hide it in explorer.

    I took a quick look at the listing for E:\Gary and Documents does show up.

    It's after 2 am here. I'll look deeper tomorrow.

    Thanks for all of the screenshots and list output.
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