I first backed up his "My Docs" folder to an external drive, then followed Microsoft's instructions (How to change the default location of the My Documents folder) which were as follows:-
- Click Start
- Right click My Documents, then click Properties
- Click Target tab
- In the Target box I typed M:\Matthew\MyDocuments M being the new drive
- I clicked Yes to create folder, then clicked OK and the files started transferring
I looked in the new location to see what had been moved and what the size was, as I knew his "My Docs" folder was approx 105Gb. The folder was only 8Gb with a few random folders/files in.
I then explored the folder structure and looked at the size of "My Docs" from different perspectives (I can't think of the right word!) and this is what I found (I assumed that the size would be consistent).
On the C (main) drive. On Start Menu - My Docs =7.88Gb
Start - My Comp - My Docs = 7.88Gb
Start - My Comp - Documents and Settings - Matthew =97Gb (was before this move 105Gb) which I assume is 105Gb minus the 7.88Gb that has been moved.
On the M (new) drive, which was the target location for the move, My Docs =7.88Gb
First of all I was surprised to find only 7.88Gb on the new drive and in the location from where I moved My Docs. I obviously expected it to be 105Gb if the move was successful. Would the My Docs folder (the source of the move) have had 105 Gb in and somehow most of it has been deleted?
Should the My Docs folder, from wherever it can be found within the folder structure of the system, be exactly the same size, ie 105Gb? Or will it vary, as seems to be the case.
I'm not sure what to do now and I don't want to make things any worse. I would be really grateful for some help if you can make sense of anything I've said (I know I've rambled a bit!). I have got a very angry son on my hands!