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My public folder location is of course location on my c: drive. I steam alot of blu ray movies from my pc to my ps3 & other drives around the house. How can i change my public sharing folder to a file in D: drive?
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I have a Wd raptor as my C: drive which isnt meant to have all this data on it but am left with no choice since thats the only drive that'll reads as my public viewing folder.


thanks guys..
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Can't you just go to the folder you want to share and go into properties and set it to share?
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I think he's talking about the default public folder with all of his public folders (ie. music, videos, pictures) that are shared with user accounts and people on the network.

From a google search, it looks like you have to use directory junction to make it redirect to your specified folder.
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This can be done through a Directory Junction which can redirect to a new location of Public folder.

First create a new folder on E:\ and perhaps you want to call it Public.

Go to Cmd prompt by running as Administrator.

Copy everything from existing public folder to the new folder created by using the command
robocopy /MIR %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Users\Public E:\Public ( or whatever name you used for public folder on E: )

You need robocopy as it takes care of hidden files, etc, especially if you have Recorded TV folder within public folder.

Once the copy is transferred, you need to delete the existing public folder and create a junction in its place. For this, boot into Safe Mode as an administrator and delete the public contents and folder, and again by starting the Cmd prompt as an administrator. To remove the Public folder:

rmdir /s /q %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Users\Public

Having created the new location folder, and deleting the existing public folder, now is time to create a Directory Junction for public folder with the following command:

mklink /J %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Users\Public E:\Public (or whatever name you named the opublic folder on E:\)

for example: mklink /J C:\Users\Public E:\Public

Now, whatever is meant for the original Public folder gets directed to the new location.

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I don't know about deleting the Public folder all together though. Sounds like something you can't come back from if it doesn't work. Maybe others will have better input. Why not just setup a new sharing folder in your storage drive?
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You can do this:

1. Open Explorer (Windows Key + E)
2. Go to 'D:' and create a folder named 'Streaming Video' (do not name it 'Public Videos')
3. Go to 'C:\Users', then double-click the 'Public' folder
4. Right-click 'Public Videos' and select 'Properties' (assuming that is the folder you want to use for streaming universally, as this is what 'Windows' will recognize this public folder for)
5. Click the 'Location' tab and select 'Move' and direct it to your 'D:\Streaming Video' folder

That's all you need to do, then just use the 'Public Videos' folder for all your streaming media.

(edit) FYI~

You can't move the whole 'Public' folder over to 'D:' - only the folders inside it (subfolders, Public Video, Public Documents, etc) as Windows 7 directs certain files/sharing stuff to those folders (as far as I know). But moving the 'Location' of those sub folders to folders on 'D:' is really easy - but a word of warning - when you make new folders on 'D:' to move those public sub folders to, do not name them the same as the original location.

IE: Moving 'C:\Users\Public\Public Documents' to 'D:\Public Documents' will give you unwanted/undesirable side effects/problems, so make the folder a different name, like 'D:\Public Docs' or something similar/else.

Hope that helps!
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK;11671996 
You can do this:

1. Open Explorer (Windows Key + E)
2. Go to 'D:' and create a folder named 'Streaming Video' (do not name it 'Public Videos')
3. Go to 'C:\Users', then double-click the 'Public' folder
4. Right-click 'Public Videos' and select 'Properties' (assuming that is the folder you want to use for streaming universally, as this is what 'Windows' will recognize this public folder for)
5. Click the 'Location' tab and select 'Move' and direct it to your 'D:\Streaming Video' folder

That's all you need to do, then just use the 'Public Videos' folder for all your streaming media.

(edit) FYI~

You can't move the whole 'Public' folder over to 'D:' - only the folders inside it (subfolders, Public Video, Public Documents, etc) as Windows 7 directs certain files/sharing stuff to those folders (as far as I know). But moving the 'Location' of those sub folders to folders on 'D:' is really easy - but a word of warning - when you make new folders on 'D:' to move those public sub folders to, do not name them the same as the original location.

IE: Moving 'C:\Users\Public\Public Documents' to 'D:\Public Documents' will give you unwanted/undesirable side effects/problems, so make the folder a different name, like 'D:\Public Docs' or something similar/else.

Hope that helps!

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