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Can I move "documents and settings" to d drive

by Navigator / November 5, 2003 5:26 PM PST

I have moved all my data, mail and favourites to my d drive, the only thing left is documents and settings. I would like to be able to move it to my d drive so when I re-image the c drive I dont lose important infomation. I supose I could copy it before I re-image but would be simplier is I could move the whole folder to the d drive.

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Re:Can I move
by David Chan / November 5, 2003 7:37 PM PST

You cna relocate "My Documents" to the D Drive.
Just Right-click My Documents | Properties and then relocate it and browse to a folder on your D Drive.

It's better if you create the folder there first.

This is what I've been doing for quite a while as if you should reformat your C Drive to reinstall XP My Documents will not be affected.

But it doesn't mean you don't have to back up your files as the HDD can fail any time.

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Re:Can I move
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2003 7:41 PM PST

My Documents is moved easily. Right click, properties and you'll see the Move feature.

I hope you test your strategy since I don't see that as a backup method. In fact, I see people all the time that kept files on other partitions/drives and thought such would be safe from OS installs and such. Sometimes they find out that it doesn't work.

Bob

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Re:Re:Can I move
by Navigator / November 6, 2003 5:53 AM PST
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What about the whole user folder or application data folder. I have tryied but I get a message saying some of the files are in use.

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Re:Re:Re:Can I move
by Navigator / November 7, 2003 11:08 AM PST
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Just checking to see if this thread jumps to the top now

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Re:Re:Re:Can I move
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2003 11:32 AM PST
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"What about the whole user folder or application data folder. I have tryied but I get a message saying some of the files are in use."

I tend to write about methods supplied with the OS or noted at http://support.microsoft.com or even the MSDN site.

If you want to do the above, my bet is that you'll have to log out as that user, log in as Administrator, move the folder, edit the registry to match the new home and re-test.

The URL I was going to share is out of whack, so you get to read:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/reskit/prde_ffs_axgn.asp
It mentions items you don't need to dive into, but you should poke about MSDN about "Folder Redirection" to see all that is possible.

Bob

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