Windows 10: Moving the documents folder to another drive but now duplicated

Discus and support Moving the documents folder to another drive but now duplicated in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; My first post - I'm not sure if this is the correct section to post in, apologies if wrong! After cloning and fitting an SSD (960GB) to my pc, I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by seadog, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. seadog Win User

    Moving the documents folder to another drive but now duplicated


    My first post - I'm not sure if this is the correct section to post in, apologies if wrong!

    After cloning and fitting an SSD (960GB) to my pc, I wanted to free some space up so followed the tutorial from here to move the documents folder to an empty drive (it's 400+GB in size!).

    The documents folder and all contents are now on the new drive, D:\Documents, but they are also still in C:\users\'me'\documents.

    In file explorer, under 'This PC', the documents folder location in properties is shown as D:\Documents but in the users section it's also shown as above in C:\users\'me'\documents.

    The used space on the C: drive has dropped by about 15GB and should have plummeted by 400 or so...

    What have I done wrong or is this because the documents are linked to my account or something and can't be moved?

    :)
     
    seadog, Sep 1, 2019
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  2. Eric Ber Win User

    Duplicate Documents Folders

    Hi Batya,

    Conflicts with the OneDrive settings on your computer is one of the possible reasons why you have duplicate document folders. For us to assist you better, kindly answer the following questions:

    • Have you made any changes to your computer prior to this issue?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far?
    • Which Version and OS Build number of Windows 10 is currently installed? To check, press the Windows key, type winver, and press the Enter key.

    Meanwhile, you can try unlinking your OneDrive from your computer and re-activate it under a new and empty folder on your hard drive after you restart your device.

    Regards.
     
    Eric Ber, Sep 1, 2019
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  3. Rose Cal Win User
    Suddenly, Documents folder has moved to Downloads

    We appreciate the details you've provided. To address your issue, we suggest that you follow these steps on how to move your Documents Folder Location in Windows 10:

    • You need to create a new folder named Documents at the location you want to move your personal Documents folder.
    • Press Win + E to open File Explorer, right-click
      Documents, and select Properties.
    • Select the Location tab and click the Move button.
    • Browse and select the new Documents folder at the location you want to move the folder Documents. Click the
      Select Folder.
    • Click OK to apply.
    • Click Yes to move all the files from the old location to the new location.
    • Your personal Documents folder and all of its contents will now be moved to the new location.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.
     
    Rose Cal, Sep 1, 2019
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  4. Moving the documents folder to another drive but now duplicated

    Duplicate Public Folders

    Hope this helps someone identify the problem.

    • Q: What happens when you delete the duplicate folders?
    • A: Nothing. They're successfully deleted.

    • Q: Does it happen to all of your folders or only those with pictures?
      • A: Only the default Public Folders (Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos).
      • A: All of the Public Folders have customized folder icons.
      • A: The above image shows yellow, empty folder icons (duplicates).

    • Q: Any steps you've tried to troubleshoot this issue?
      • Actually, this has been a problem since Windows 7.
      • What I noticed then is that certain Windows programs created the duplicates:
        • Windows Media Player (stopped using)
        • Internet Explorer (stopped using)
        • Plus others, which I can't recall.
      • Only certain programs for Windows 10, as well:
        • Microsoft Edge (don't use it often)
        • Groove Music (never intentionally use it)
        • Plus others, which I haven't tracked.
          • I only notice it when I go to Public Folders.
          • By then, I've long since forgotten what was accessed.
      • I've googled for answers but most of those only address
        moving the Public Folders to another Drive.
     
    PQSC.Programmer, Sep 1, 2019
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