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How do I MOVE the ORIGINAL My Documents folder.

by Javi / December 15, 2005 2:54 AM PST

I can always add a shortcut to it on the desktop or copy the files - mut many programs and system resources still point to C:\My Documents....or in my case it's buried in 10 sub-directories of XP. Well, I added a haddrive and I want to move the user profiles/desktop/EVERYTHING to the new hard drive to leave programs and the OS where they are.

The whole "Documents and Settings".

I want the My Documents, My Music, and My Pictures folders to be relocated so they are not just shorcuts from the Desktop but existing folders.

how do I do this?

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I don't know about the Documents and Settings
by TONI H / December 15, 2005 3:06 AM PST

folder, but the shortcut on the desktop for My Docments....right click, choose Properties, and change the drive letter to where you want it. It will ask if you want to move it to the new location, say yes, and it should slam right in where you indicate. And it will take the My Music, My Webs, and My Pictures along with it.


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Files and Settings Transfer Wizard
by Kono Kusotare / December 15, 2005 3:25 AM PST

You can find this under all programs, accessories, system tools. It will move everything to your new HDD or only move what you specify. If you are moving multiple users you will have to move each, one at a time. Be sure to begin with the Administrator account first. On the "which computer is this" menu choose the old computer. Then on the "select a transfer method" menu choose "other" and enter the location of the new hard drive.

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It can be done...
by John.Wilkinson / December 15, 2005 4:14 AM PST

I know I've seen some tweaks (never tested them though) you can perform to assign a folder on another drive or directory as the default Documents and Settings destination, but I'll have to see if I can find the link for that.

In the mean time you can assign a new location for the My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, etc folders using the free Microsoft Tweak UI. Just download/install/launch it, click the arrow next to ''My Computer'' to expand it, select ''Special Folders,'' and change the location.

Note, though, that both of these methods will designate a new directory as the default folder(s) will not move the files contained within to the new have to do that yourself.

You can also try right-dragging (hold down the right mouse button and drag) the folder to the new location, then selecting ''move here.'' This works with the individual My Documents and similar folders, although I'm unsure with the entire Documents and Settings folder. (Some files and the folder itself may try to default back to the original location.)

Hope this helps,

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Does this help
by Ray Harinec / December 15, 2005 4:45 AM PST
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