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Moved 'My Documents' without specifying a folder...


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#1 Almirage

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 12:10 AM

Hey,

 

I have two SSDs and my first one is almost full, so I wanted to change all the file destinations for My Documents, Pictures, Contacts, etc. to my D: drive.

 

I right clicked My Computer, went into properties-location-move then chose my D: drive but I didn't realize I had to specify a folder, so now the whole drive is My Documents and it is all mashed up with everything that was already in there.

 

I tried to go back into properties to restore the default location but this error pops up.

 

Could anybody help me either make a new Windows My Documents folder within D: or to somehow fix what I've done? I appreciate the help!

 

For reference, I followed these directions  https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/moving-your-personal-data-folders-in-windows-vista-the-easy-way/

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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:42 PM

Welcome to Bleeping Computer.

 

I'm not seeing an easy way to fix this.  Would moving things on the D: drive cause problems?

 

If moving things won't cause problems, you might be able to move the My Documents folder to a new folder on D:, like ZZZZZ.  I wouldn't create the folder first, I'd try to specify it as the new destination and I believe Windows will create it.  I don't know what Windows will do if ZZZZZ is on the same drive as the files.  The problem I can see is a circular reference where it tries to move ZZZZZ into ZZZZZ.  

 

You may need another drive that can hold the contents of D:.  Move your My Documents Folder to a folder on the new drive.  Move all of the non-documents out of the new folder on the new drive.  Then move the My Documents folder back to D:.

 

Another option might be to edit the registry to change where Windows looks for the files.  This might actually be the best option.  Edit the registry to a Folder on D:, then move your documents into it.


Edited by Kilroy, 06 December 2017 - 02:47 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:44 PM

Thank you so much for the help, I will try it out!






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