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So many of you would prefer to store your Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Music on your big storage drive since access time is not so important.

However, the default Windows folders such as My Documents, My Videos etc are in the C:\\Users\\%USERNAME% folder.

Luckily Windows 7 has a "Location" feature for those folders, Windows XP had a "Target" I think it was called.. that was similar.

So here we go:
  1. Open your user folder in Windows Explorer (in the first bread-crumb drop-down)
  2. Right-click the folder to change, for example My Music
  3. Click Properties
  4. Click on Location tab
  5. Click the Move... button
  6. Browse for your secondary HDD
    Optionally: Click the New Folder button and create a Music (or other folder)
  7. Open the folder, and click Select Folder
  8. Click OK or Apply and confirm moving the files
  9. Repeat steps 2 through 10 for all the other folders you'd like to move, Desktop, My Videos, etc

I suggest at least moving your Music, Videos, and Documents or Desktop depending on where you store your files...

After doing this, you'll be able to access the folders as normal, but the data will be stored on the storage drive not the SSD.

The folders will no longer appear in C:\\Users\\%USERNAME% folder any more
However they do show when accessing your User folder from the special links (like the breadcrumb used in step 1), see my post below that shows the different ways of going to your user folder.


I've been asked this question in a number of other threads, so I figured I would post the information in it's own thread.
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Edited by TheDreadedGMan - 7/27/10 at 6:52am
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I tried moving the my documents folder from my ssd to my samsung f3 but when I did it the my documents folder disapeared. It's not on either drive and I have restarted and everything. Any suggestions?
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Nice feature, didn't know about this. So I have Movies, and Music folders on my storage drive and then I just look up stuff from there. But this would really make things easy, and when you reinstall no need to copy anything, just change the location.
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Whoa this is way cool, love win 7. So I now have my desktop on my storage drive!!! Thanks a lot +rep.
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post #5 of 35
Do you know if this method also works for merging files into one folder? For example I want to move C:/Users/David/Music (I have a few songs on here) to F:/Music (which is already where I have most of my music) without replacing everything that is already in the folder. I want to keep files in both folders but to merge them into the same folder.
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After relocating the folders, the folders are still in C:/Users/David but when I click on it, it says it is not accessible. Is it supposed to be that way?
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I do things a little different. Windows 7 has the ability to add folders to your user "Documents" folder, but all you need to do is first create new folders titled Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos on the storage drive. Then right click on each of the respective folders from the start menu and select properties. From there you can add folders and move them to the top and finally set as the default save location. This then makes them the default folders and you don't lose the original system folder:


Here is a demonstration showing the steps for setting "Documents" on the storage drive as the default folder.


Richt Click and select "Propertise"


Select "Include Folder"



Select the created "Documents" folder from the storage drive



Right click the folder you just added and move it up to the top of the list (not necessary) and select "Set Save Location" from the three options bellow or "Select as default save location" from the right click option



Edited by ericeod - 6/27/10 at 7:14pm
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Originally Posted by Nakattk View Post
I tried moving the my documents folder from my ssd to my samsung f3 but when I did it the my documents folder disapeared. It's not on either drive and I have restarted and everything. Any suggestions?
Try this...
  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • On the left side in the navigation pane, right click on "Libraries" and click on "Restore default libraries".
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post #9 of 35
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Yes I should have mentioned how you could use Libraries in a similar fashion, I just wanted to have the default folders moved, and yes I've seen the folders disappear like Nakattk mentioned, See post below

@ThumperSD:
You can use Libraries to combine folders into one view so you see files in different drives in one list...

Libraries can be moved, and that's quite effective, however some programs will still insist on opening my documents the actual folder and not the library in the save/open dialog... so that's why this guide.
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Ok

Regarding disappearing folders; Windows doesn't show the folders in your C:\\Users\\%USERNAME%\\ folder after moving them.

However, if you go to your user folder via the special link in the address drop-down or via the icon on your desktop, all the special folders show up.

From the Address bar breadcrumb dropdown:


Or... If you enable this option in Desktop Icons:


Then you see one of these:

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