Originally Posted by EddieTripod
I am using a Samsung notebook with a 256 Gb SSD for the C: drive(the OS drive) and a 750 Gb HDD for the E: drive, which is the 2nd internal drive (my Data drive). I am the only user of this computer, and I'm also the administrator.
Soon after install of Win 7, I followed Sean's instructions for moving User folders in this link:
I went into my User Folder(My user name is Tripod-see snips below) and changed the location of Contacts, Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, Links, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, Saved Games, and Searches. I did this just for my user folder, not any others.
I right clicked each, clicked Location, and changed the location for each to E:\
I did not change the location of "AppData" or any other folders or files within my User folder, as instructed in the "Sean's Guide" I was following.
After I finish this process, I go to my User folder on C: and it looks empty. (See first snip).
So far so good. But when I go into Windows Explorer-Tools-Folder Options-View, and if I uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and CHECK "Show Hidden Files. folders, or drives", I now see what is in my 2nd snip. A "My Documents" icon, plus a bunch of others, and a bunch of NTuser files.
I have 4 short questions.
1) Is the hidden "My Documents" icon remaining in my User folder just a remnant which I should delete using safe mode, or should I still be seeing this icon? Sean says in his video there might be an icon left on C, but I don't know if he's referring to a normal folder or the hidden one I'm seeing.
2) Do the rest of the hidden files in my User folder look like they should, or do you see anything there which doesn't belong?
3) I'm setting up Macrium Reflect Free, FreeFilesync for my Data drive, Steam, Games, Gamesave Manager etc. Will I now have to include my E: Drive in my Macrium system images, or since I just redirected the folders, rather than moving them through registry hacks, will I just need what's on my OS drive?
4) If I click Start-Tripod-it takes me to what you see in the 3rd snip. Does this look correct, or any other issues stand out?
Thanks in advance for any wisdom on this issue!
Everything I see here looks 100% normal, including the hidden files. So everything looks normal to me, but only if you deleted the old folders inside of C:\Users\Tripod because mine is not empty like yours is as seen in your first screenshot. I mean, I didn't delete them, so I still have the old ones. That is, my C:\Users\Tim folder (that's me) still has the old folders that used to be the default location for things like Desktop, My Documents, My Pictures, etc.
So, don't delete any of the hidden files or folders. There's actually no reason to. To be honest with you (speaking of hidden folders), if I still wanted to use my Personal Folder and also still have it show up on the Start Menu (like how yours shows "Tripod" on the Start Menu), then I would just have changed the attributes of all the old folder locations to Hidden instead of deleting them. I mean, you never know if you'll need them, right?
The Personal Folder (that is, the folder simply known as "Tripod" for you which is accessible from the Start Menu, or by simply typing "Tripod" in the location bar in any folder) shows everything that's in C:\Users\Tripod and also anything that would otherwise be there if you had not changed the location of any of the folders. I don't know why there's a hidden shortcut to My Documents (I have one too), but it's just a shortcut so you can leave it be. Anyway, that's why you're seeing everything when you're looking at your Personal Folder in comparison to what you're seeing in C:\Users\Tripod.
Now, the remnant folder that Sean is talking about is simply the old folder that's left over in C:\Users\Tripod (or C:\Users\Tim or Sean or whoever). For example: when he changed his C:\Users\Sean\Desktop folder to D:\Desktop, he still had a C:\Users\Sean\Desktop folder, but it was no longer the default location for his Desktop due to changing it to D:\Desktop. At that point, he has 3 things he can do with C:\Users\Sean\Desktop:
- Leave it alone
- Change it to Hidden
- Delete it
The first and 2nd options are the best because again, you never know if you'll need it again. Now, I don't use my Personal Folder so I don't even have a link to it on my Start Menu (I don't see "Tim" anywhere on my Start Menu due to my preferred settings based on not wanting to use that folder anymore), so I didn't delete or hide any of the old folders after changing their default locations. I simply left them there because I only wanted to change the path so that Windows and all programs would know where I wanted everything to go.
Here are the folders that I changed:
- C:\Users\Tim\My Documents
- C:\Users\Tim\My Music
- C:\Users\Tim\My Pictures
- C:\Users\Tim\My Videos
- C:\Users\Tim\Saved Games
After changing the location of all these folders, I left all of the old folders there in C:\Users\Tim because again, I never use my Personal Folder (which has no actual folder location). This means that if I opened my Personal Folder (and I just did in order to be sure of this), then I would see two of each of these folders. I'd see both the old and the new folders! That is, I'd see 2 x Desktops, 2 x My Documents, 2 x My Musics, 2 x My Pictures, 2 x My Videos, and 2 x Saved Games. Therefore, if I still wanted to use my Personal Folder without having to deal with seeing "duplicates" like this (seeing both the old and the new folders), then I would go into C:\Users\Tim and either delete these old folders, or change them to Hidden. Just to test this in order to be absolutely 100% sure that I'm giving you 100% accurate information, I changed all of these to Hidden and then I went back to my Personal Folder and now it looks good. That is, there's now just 1 of each and the ones I changed are the ones on my D: drive! This means I no longer see the old folders; just the new ones! Cool, huh? :)
Of course, if I enable showing hidden files and folders, then it looks like a big mess just like yours kind of does. So, I don't (plus, I have no need to for normal day-to-day operations).
So finally, after changing the default location for these folders, any program that wants to use one of them will be 'forced' to use the 'new' location because Windows will tell it where the location of this special folder is no matter where it is. There are a few programs that are programmed to actually use C:\Users\You\My Documents or C:\Users\You\Saved Games etc., so just keep an eye on that. Most programs will use your specified location instead of going directly to where the folder usually is by default. I mean, I think I had maybe one game using C:\Users\Tim\Saved Games while the rest used D:\My Documents\Saved Games (yep, that's where I keep it).
In other words, everything looks good to me!
Edited by TwoCables - 6/2/13 at 12:18am