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Hey, guys.

I'm following Sean's awesome Windows 7 guide, and I just completed Step 1 of 'Optimizations after System Setup', namely moving my User directory folders to another drive. I moved all of them properly to a different drive with the sole exception of my 'Downloads' folder.

Instead of moving 'Downloads' to E:\Downloads, I moved it to E:\.

This means that it shows the name of my E:\ drive (which is 'The Archive') everywhere -- and when I try to restore the Downloads directory, it tries to move my entire E:\ drive (and, of course, fails horribly).

So, does anybody know how I could get the Downloads directory to E:\Downloads? Is there some registry setting for this?

Thanks!
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Go to Computer -> Users -> Account Name -> Right Click Downloads -> Location.
     
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Also as a side note, definitely worth mentioning:

If you want to move a User folder (My Documents, Downloads, My Pictures) and so forth, then you must use a different base folder name when moving the location of that particular folder. Example:

Moving C:\Users\X\My Documents from C: to D: ; then do not create a folder on D: named 'My Documents'. What happens is Windows will drop all of the files in that folder to the root of the folder, in this case D:\. Instead you should name your folders something different, like this:

C:\Users\X\My Documents ---- moves to ---- D:\Documents & Personal\ (or any other name you prefer except 'My Documents')

Once moved, the base name folder will be renamed to 'My Documents' or whatever other folder you've created. smile.gif

Those names/linking are kind reserved for the OS/folder naming.
    
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Thanks for the quick replies.

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Originally Posted by bigkahuna360 View Post

Go to Computer -> Users -> Account Name -> Right Click Downloads -> Location.

Unfortunately, that won't work -- there is no Downloads folder in that location anymore (the computer thinks my whole E:\ drive is the 'Downloads' directory, even though there are plenty of other files there.

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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post

you must use a different base folder name when moving the location of that particular folder

Are you sure? I used the same names (i.e. 'My Documents') on the new drive, and everything transferred over properly (including the unique folder icons, etc).
Edited by 13ack.Stab - 4/24/12 at 3:00am
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Thanks for the quick replies.

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Originally Posted by bigkahuna360 View Post

Go to Computer -> Users -> Account Name -> Right Click Downloads -> Location.

Unfortunately, that won't work -- there is no Downloads folder in that location anymore (the computer thinks my whole E:\ drive is the 'Downloads' directory, even though there are plenty of other files there.

Have you tried to make a folder called Downloads then change it to its location? (Gotta ask these question)
     
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Quote:
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Unfortunately, that won't work -- there is no Downloads folder in that location anymore (the computer thinks my whole E:\ drive is the 'Downloads' directory, even though there are plenty of other files there.

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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post

you must use a different base folder name when moving the location of that particular folder

Are you sure? I used the same names (i.e. 'My Documents') on the new drive, and everything transferred over properly (including the unique folder icons, etc).

That's because of exactly what has happened to your folder. E:\ has now become the location of your folder/s. I know no way of changing it except by deleting the user account and creating new and/or re-installing. What I explained is what is happening to you. redface.gif
    
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Have you tried to make a folder called Downloads then change it to its location? (Gotta ask these question)

Sorry, but I don't understand what you mean. There's a hidden file called 'Downloads' over in my user directory, but I can't change its location through properties (the option isn't there).

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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post

That's because of exactly what has happened to your folder. E:\ has now become the location of your folder/s. I know no way of changing it except by deleting the user account and creating new and/or re-installing. What I explained is what is happening to you. redface.gif

Wait, but it's only happening to the 'Downloads' folder -- and that's because I mistakenly didn't specify a path beyond 'E:\'

I moved them all individually. Am I missing something here? redface.gif
Edited by 13ack.Stab - 4/24/12 at 3:24am
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post #8 of 10
I'll explain.

Example:

If you move C:\Users\X\Downloads to

E:\

or

E:\Downloads

Either way above will net you your 'Downloads' folder as E:\, specifically.

So in order to avoid that, you need to make a folder on E:\ that is not E:\Downloads, and/or you need to not relocate users folders to a root drive only, E:\.

I hope you understand. If not I'll be happy to take some snipped screen shots of how my setup is.
    
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post #9 of 10
Have you tried this? http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18583-user-folders-restore-default-location.html

Also, have you tried answering "No" to moving the files over? Then manually copying the files later?
post #10 of 10
When you set the downloads location back to "C:\Users\User Name here\Downloads," just do not move the content/merge the folders when it prompts and asks. Just set the location and don't allow to move/merge.

The you can go back and change the location to the folder you want. "D:\Downloads."

Once it is set then manually take your files which are not at teh root of E:\ and move them to the D:\Downloads folder.

Also, you can always do a system restore. wink.gif
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