Windows 10: Moving the 'My Documents' folder (and others) to a different hard disk

Discus and support Moving the 'My Documents' folder (and others) to a different hard disk in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi Folks! Having thoroughly sanitised the 5TB hard disk (subject of a couple of other threads on TenForums - see 5TB showing 561.53GB, Encrypting the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by ArthurDent, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Moving the 'My Documents' folder (and others) to a different hard disk


    Hi Folks!

    Having thoroughly sanitised the 5TB hard disk (subject of a couple of other threads on TenForums - see 5TB showing 561.53GB, Encrypting the Windows System Disk and Drive encryption), I'd like to move the following folders from their current default location on C: drive to the data drive, D:

    C: Desktop
    C: Documents
    C: Downloads
    C: Favourites
    C: Links
    C: Music
    C: Pictures
    C: Videos


    Is it as simple as this ...

    File Explorer > C: drive > Users > [username folder], right click on Documents > Properties

    In the 'Location' tab, change the location from C:\Users\[username]\Documents to D:\Users\[username]\Documents then click 'Apply', click 'OK' and close the Properties box?

    Then repeat the above process for the downloads/mucic/favourites/photos/videos/etc folders??

    Or is there a better way to do it?

    If there is a different way to do it, what are the pros & cons of each method?

    I'm planning on having an area on the data disk for Windows documents (D: drive) and an area on the data disk for Linux documents (L: drive).

    Given that the disk is 4.5TB (formatted), I was thinking of 3.5TB for Windows and 1TB for Linux as I'd do most of my computing stuff (w/p, pictures, video, etc) in Windows.

    Sound like a plan? Any snags I haven't thought of?

    I'd then like to encrypt the data partitions (or if having both the Windows and the Linux partitions encrypted would cause a conflict, just encrypt the data partition for the Windows documents and files).

    VeraCrypt can encrypt the Windows data and automatically mount D: drive when Windows boots?

    Never used encryption before - hence the concerns.

    Art

    :)
     
    ArthurDent, Jun 30, 2020
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  2. 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, Jun 30, 2020
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  3. Is is possible to move the Documents and Settings to a seperate HDD

    tweakui can move the separate "special" folders, but I don't think you can move the Documents and Settings folder itself with it. Everything inside the folder can be moved to a different place, partition, or hard drive if you wish though.
     
    FatForester, Jun 30, 2020
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  4. Moving the 'My Documents' folder (and others) to a different hard disk

    Is is possible to move the Documents and Settings to a seperate HDD

    Hey all, i have my computer up and running again. I was wondering if there was a way to move the Documents and Settings Folder off of the C: drive and to a separate Hard Drive. I know you can move the My Documents folder over but i don't know if its possible to move the whole documents and settings folder?

    Any Help Would be appreciated
     
    pepsi71ocean, Jun 30, 2020
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