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Need help with moving My Documents


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jst42day

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I'm thoroughly disgusted. Mostly with my own lack of expertise in all things pc.
I read at a site that I could cut and paste My Documents to E drive.
I wound up with 2 My Docs. One in C and one in E.
This is on a clean install of XP Pro w/SP3 on a new hard drive.
How do I send whatever to the E drive location by default?
Is it safe to delete the My Docs in C?

Also, can I safely move 'Program files' to E too?
Thanks.
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If you copy the My Docs, it leaves an copy on the original drive. If you want to get it off the C drive, then you would need to cut and paste. However, I always do a copy, just in case something interrupts the action and the data is left in limbo, partially in one drive and partially in the other. Assuming you have a copy on the E drive, then yes, it's safe to wipe out the docs on drive C.

No, you can't do the same thing for program files. Not unless you want to copy every single registry setting and system file pertaining to every single program as well. The best thing to do is just reinstall the programs.
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jt1990,
Thanks for your help.
I had done a cut and paste and still wound up with the 2 My Docs.
So long as it works I don't care.
And I'll leave the program files alone.
J.
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If you did a cut and paste you might want to check and make sure that you have everything in the E drive, just to make sure.
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I'm getting some duplication such as Quick Cam is in My Docs in C and E. It's also showing up in My Pics and My Videos on both partitions.
I'm a novice and don't know how to fix this.
I need this pc to be stable.
Thanks for the help.
J.
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Ah, I think I know what your problem is - Since My Docs is a system folder, you can't remove it from the drive it started on (In this case, drive C.) So when you did a cut and paste, Windows really copied and pasted. In that sense, the My Docs on drive E would be exactly the same as the one on Drive C. I may be wrong, but that's what I would guess.
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OK. I can live with that.
The new stuff that I've downloaded is only in the new My Docs.
So long as this is not going to cause me any stability problems then this is fine.
Thanks.
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No, you shouldn't have any problems.
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I'm getting some duplication such as Quick Cam is in My Docs in C and E. It's also showing up in My Pics and My Videos on both partitions.
I'm a novice and don't know how to fix this.
I need this pc to be stable.
Thanks for the help.
J.

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Windows still thinks it is meant to use the C drive for My Docs.

You can make it so it uses whatever target drive you want to.

To do this, follow these steps:

1. On your Desktop, right click the My Documents icon.

2. Click Properties.

3. Where it has "Target folder location", change it to "E:\My Documents" in the Target box.

4. Click Apply.

Windows will now know to use this new location for My documents.
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Thanks for the help.
I just checked the target and it already was for E drive.
Great help from both of you.
J.
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