Not able to move Doc's, Pic's etc from C drive to D drive

Hi there , thanks in advance for any replies.
I recently installed a new SSD while still keeping the old 750GB WD black as a mass storage for pic's, doc's etc. All appears healthy. Problem is I can not transfer anything to the HDD from my SSD or from any portable storage. The process says it is working , but always ends up transferring the data to my SSD. When I look at the finished transfer it says its on the HDD , how ever the HDD graphic remains empty and it has added data to the SSD.

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Clarification Request
Here's what I've tried

1. Moving the picture folder using the location tab from C to D
2. Moving the picture folder under settings in Windows 10 settings>storage
3. Opening up 4 new folders on Drive D and pasting pictures into folder. From USB stick and drive C.
Everytime it's the same result . Says on properties it's on the D drive , it's not though it's stored on the C drive still.
Drive D was my original drive C . When I installed the SSD . I reformatted the old HDD . Also deleted any protected system partitions using disk part and used the long format option not quick partition. SSD is disk 0 and has local disk C on it . Disk 1 is the old WD black hdd and is one complete reformatted partition local disk D. Both disks are activated.

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Here's how to move these.

In Windows 7, start the Windows Explorer, then right-click the folder you want to move and click Properties. Click the Location tab, then click the Move button.
Good luck.

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Here's how to move these.

Thanks for your reply but it ends up on the ssd , disk 0 drive C. I have used the location tab method as you suggest . Also the file redirect option under windows settings . Data always ends up on drive C,

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Then why not save your stuff where you like?

That's worked for me since the 1970's

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then why not

Anything I try to save goes to the C drive , No matter what I do

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That's horrible.

I wonder if this PC is haunted. It's that time of the year.

So if you save on Drive D, it saves on C?

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Thats horrible

Yes that's correct , under properties the transferred folder of pics says its on drive D. But it is drive C that is filling up with no additional data shown under the disk D graphic it stays at 697gb of 698gb no matter what I try to save to disk D

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That's strange.

Time for an experiment.

1. Make a new folder on the d:-drive in Windows Explorer. Do you see it?
2. If not, make that new folder in the command prompt. Do you see it with dir? Do you see it in Windows Explorer?
3. Now in Explorer go to your c:-drive, select some file, and ctrl-C.
4. Now in Explorer go to new empty folder you made on d: and ctrl-V to paste that file.
5. Do you see that file in the folder in Windows Explorer? If yes, that's a good start.


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That's strange

Sorry not sure how to do that in windows 10 using edge.

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I don't use EDGE to do what Kees asked.

Maybe all this is just a new user of Windows. Windows Explorer is not Edge or Internet Explorer.

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I don't use EDGE to do

I am familiar with Windows . Use disk management also disk part with ease . I can repartition and have done this type of thing before. How ever have never had this problem before. I'm sure it's something to do with a pathway or the way the pic files are set up. But can not put my finger on it.

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That's strange.

Sorry misunderstood , when I do as you suggest all looks well until I check the used storage on Disk D it says 698gb free of 698gb and the pictures are stored on Disk C

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Beginning to wonder about this head scratcher.
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Begining to wonder about this head scratcher.

Thanks for your reply . No matter what I try and store under disk D the un used space stays the same . When clicking on disc D it always says 697gb free of 698gb. Despite the properties of the file saying it is stored on disc D.
They are large photo files as well.

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Beginning to wonder about this head scratcher.

Also in windows 10 settings >storage , you can instantly make a link to store all documents , music and pictures on another drive while still using the folder link on the main drive. I've done this as well with the same result. Always stores on drive C

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Finaly found the answer.

Don't think I will be doing this though , Microsoft have warned changing the registry around like this can cause some serious issues. Guess I'm going to save up for a 1 TB SSD and sell my 250gb ssd and 750gb hdd. But for anyone who wants to change the registry here is how to do it.
When creating a clean install, using the combination of an SSD system drive and a conventional disk drive, as a data drive, there is a way to "move" the Users folder (normally, C:\Users) and the hidden ProgramData folder (normally C:\ProgramData) to the conventional disk, or data drive, using an answer file, or unattend.xml, for an unattended installation, as mentioned above.

For an individual doing a single, one-off installation, trying to figure out how to create an answer file for a completely unattended installation, just to accomplish this one small task, is way, way too much trouble. It's also not necessary.

It is possible, during the course of a conventional, interactive installation from an installation disc or USB thumbdrive, to enter what is called, "Audit Mode", before the Computer is named or a Username created, and accomplish the necessary re-assignment.

1.) Do a conventional installation. If you are using an SSD, at the point in the installation process where you are asked where you want to install Windows, you should use Drive Options to remove any partitions on the SSD, before selecting the SSD as the target. Do not manually partition or format the drive, prior to installation. Windows 7 will do this, and must do this, because Windows needs to align the logical format with characteristics of the physical drive, and, also, Windows wants a small system partition for its own purposes.

2.) When the installation stops, waiting for you to give the computer a username and a computer name, DON'T! Press Ctrl+Shift+F3, and the computer will restart in . . . (wait for it!) "Audit Mode"!. Basically, Windows will create a throwaway Administrator account and sign you in, as this throwaway Administrator. Nothing you do, with regard to this temporary user will survive finalizing the installation, but the computer operates normally, and you can install drivers and software. Whenever the computer starts in Audit mode (you are allowed to restart), a GUI version of Sysprep.exe will pop up, offering to restart the computer in OOBE (out of box experience). OOBE is where you were a moment before -- that is, where you create a username and computer name and the installation is finalized. Don't choose to restart in OOBE until you are ready to finalize the installation.

3.) You need to know what drive letter (or folder location) is going to be assigned to your Datadrive disk. So, this would be the time, in audit mode, to figure that out. If you need to partition or format the datadrive, do it now. On the Start Menu, right-click on "Computer" and choose Manage from the context menu, to get to the Computer Management console. In the Computer Management console, under Storage/Disk Management, you will find the tools to change drive letters, partition, etc.

4.) You need only a minimal answer file. This is an xml file (a text file), created in the Windows System Image Manager application. You can call it whatever you like. I'd suggest: folders.xml. Here's the content of a folders.xml file, which will re-locate Users and ProgramData to D:\

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:h:/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 ULTIMATE" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

I am going to imagine a scenario, where you make this file on another computer, and transfer it to the computer, where the installation is being done, using a USB flashdrive, which, when plugged in, to the computer in Audit Mode, is assigned the driveletter U:

You could probably just copy the text above into notepad and save it as a textfile with the extension, .xml and be good to go, provided you wanted to use d:\Users and d:\ProgramData as your Datadrive locations. (I've used this answer file, successfully; I don't guarantee that it will work for others.)

5. To use the folders.xml, located in the root directory of your USB flashdrive, plugged in and visible as U:\, you need to open a command prompt, navigate to c:\windows\system32\sysprep and give this command:

sysprep.exe /audit /reboot /unattend:U:\folders.xml

This will cause the computer to reboot, but you will end up right back in Audit Mode. As long as you are still in Audit Mode, the re-location of these folders will not be complete, because the temporary Administrator useraccount still has its stuff in C:\Users and there are still some active databases in C:\ProgramData.

6.) Now, you need to say goodbye to Audit Mode. Remember that a GUI for using Sysprep to initialize the OOBE shows up, each time you re-boot into Audit Mode. So after you reboot in 5.) you will have your chance to run it. (If this is your personal computer, don't check the "Generalize" box in the Sysprep GUI.)

7.) Finish your Windows installation, create a permanent username and giving the computer a name, etc. When you are finally up and running, go look at C:\ C:\Users should be gone. C:\ProgramData is probably still there, but it's normally hidden, so you won't see it, until you go into Folder Options and check Show Hidden Files and Folders. D:\Users and D:\ProgramData (hidden) should also exist.

8.) I like the idea of using Junctions to intercept any program foolish enough to hardcode to c:\users or c:\programdata You'll need to delete or move C:\ProgramData, before creating a Junction at C:\ProgramData pointing to D:\ProgramData. The command line tool, mklink, is useful here. Open a command prompt, and type mklink /? for instructions. If you prefer a right-click GUI tool, check out:

After having created the Junctions, I believe you could use regedit to edit the ProfileList key back to the original C:\ locations. folders.xml will have modified the Folderlist key, so that everything points to D:\ instead of %systemdrive%\ or C:\ I'm not sure what the point would be, but you could.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

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Re: solution

That was a long, but interesting story.

Do you really mean to say that what works in Windows 7 (having Users and ProgramData on the c:, but each users Documents, Pictures, Music and Video's on the dHappy doesn't work in Windows 10 any more? That in Windows 10 it's all or nothing: all the contents of a user account on the c: or all the contents on the d:? And that you do need this complex procedure to use the d:?

Of course, a good work-around is to not use the Windows defined Documents, Pictures etc folders, but just make your own, add them to the library and forget about the old ones. But it's somewhat clumsy if what I understood from your post is true.


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Re: solution

I spoke to Microsoft support they seemed to think my problem was common, but not one that everybody would come across . They offered the long wind solution I posted and an offer of higher level support if I paid for it.
I refused that option as I am not keen on messing with the registry and was not going to follow their advice.
I also stated that it did not seem fair that they would charge to fix what seems is a problem in windows 10. After all there is a simple option under Settings >System > Storage that should move the user files to a disk of your choice , using a simple left click . Is it our fault this doesn't work all the time in Windows 10?

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That would be no. Why?

Because of what folk do to Windows after the fact and more, it's never a sure thing that it works all the time.

I'm sure you've experienced this since say the beginning of all MSFT software and OSes.

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I just did it w/no problem using the method I suggested b4.

I just did exactly what I suggested 10/27 with Windows 10 to move the Documents folder from C: to D:. I didn't have to touch the registry, and I didn't use settings either. What I suggested 10/27 has worked forever, so why make something complicated out of something so simple? I remember my college chemistry teacher (many, many years ago) who was fond of saying ANYBODY can make something complicated, but it's so much better to make it simple. That's the way it's worked for years and it STILL DOES.

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I didn't have to touch the registry

Of course if that worked I would use the easy method you suggested. Plus I would not of created the post in the first place.
The problem is that all the normal processes that relocate folders do not work. As I stated before these issues are not experienced by everyone. How ever it is a common enough problem for Microsoft to have the complex work around close at hand.

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As soon as I read "change the registry", I stop reading.

I've moved Pictures, Documents, and Downloads on many occasions and never had to fool with the registry. It's simply asking for trouble.

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"change the registry"

I agree I have just ordered a 1TB ssd to replace both drives.

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