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Move your personal folders to a dedicated partition on Windows Seven


Following the request of one of our readers, we will see in this tutorial how to move your personal data (musics, videos, downloads...) to a location other than the system partition on Windows Seven.

Open your user folder containing all the classic folders of an account i.e. Images, Music, Downloads, etc. For example, to move the folder Videos, right-click it and then opt to Properties. On the tab Location, click on the button Move and choose the new destination of the folder like another partition.

Capture décran - Onglet Emplacement du dossier Mes vidéos
Screenshot — Tab Location My Videos Folder

Validate by clicking on Select a folder.

You can also directly enter the new address in the field provided for this purpose (faster if you only want to change the letter of the partition).

Click on Apply. Click on Yes to the message to create the folder,

Capture décran - Création du nouveau dossier
Screenshot — Creating the new folder

then again on Yes to validate the procedure.

Capture décran - Procéder au déplacement des fichiers
Screenshot — Move files

Wait for a few moments the time of copying the files, and then click on OK.

Repeat the operation (fastness it must be said) for all the files.

Please note that the user folder should not be deleted despite the fact that it appears empty to you. Indeed, it contains hidden folders and files (and/or systems) necessary for the proper functioning of your PC.

All your documents are now protected in the event of system crashes or data backup during reformatting.

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  • gojcg

    Good morning,

    A/It happens that yesterday I was interested in the question for the following reasons:
    — I have a new central unit (on which I have to reinstall my programs), with for system: Vista (with upgrade to Windows seven)
    — data can take a lot of space; for this simple reason, it is appropriate to provide for their recording on a partition different from C, if the latter has been dimensioned for the system
    — we must think of resettlements and safeguards by separating as much as possible what is personal from what is not.

    The solution you are indicating is a solution recommended for example here
    http://www.forum-vista.net/tutoriaux_vista/deplacer_et_enregistrer_par_defaut_ses_fichiers_personnels_sur_une_autre_partition_sous_vista-t339.htm

    I was satisfied with the result

    B/Perhaps in the same spirit: working according to proven methods, can you (us) be interested in:
    managing program launch shortcuts.

    this question arises when installing a program, when it is updated, and of course whenever you want to launch it. It’s true that the “search” window is handy to find a program, but you need to keep the program structuring up to date in the “start” menu and perhaps create a special menu (accessible in a custom toolbar or a “dock”)
    I use the custom toolbar solution; but don't be sure that my gestures are the ones recommended.

    C/There are of course other topics but let’s go step by step; curious: in the reference quoted to the vista forum I do not see the tutorial on the question of the structuring of the programs and their launch

    Good day

  • gojcg

    Good evening Maigret,

    so I have my new central unit and I'm trying to adopt the methods that keep a PC as clean as possible and which will allow me, next time, to reinstall a new PC without pain.

    A/On my PC XP, the programs were arranged by families, which had the disadvantage of having to hunt duplicates created during the updates.
    On Vista I find that I no longer use this type of storage, perhaps useless due to the performance of the “search” window and the possible use of Launchy

    B/From my preferred XP use, I have kept the habit of creating a start-up menu bis, articulated by families (maintenance, office automation, web, security...° in a custom toolbar, which is in the interest of being a means of accessing programs by type of function)

    C/I have seen, without trying them, new procedures for launching programmes: the “docks”

    I wanted to take stock of the procedures “concrete” and advised to access its programs as quickly as possible, so as to store them well, knowing that a program is not necessarily well known, even of its user (it can forget the existence, the name, the use of a program...)

    These procedures are probably those in use on Vista.
    It is therefore an upgrade to know what Vista’s enlightened operators advise.

    Note that I installed the “LiberKey” locally on my PC’s C drive. This system is already a valuable choice for managing, accessing and updating programs. I still have to use it better, knowing that I hesitated to do it for portable programs that require plugins. I was reassured at the LiberKey forum.

    See you soon

  • gojcg

    Good morning,

    By chance here are some links put on hold on the docks, links gathered on the occasion of reading the newsletter of PC tricks. It refers to Bubble dock; one Internet user prefers nexus dock, finding the other “commercial”.
    I don't know if these systems contribute to my research (optimised management of shortcuts and program launchers)
    http://www.agglom.com/set/72228/raccourci_dock

  • @gojcg : honestly, to answer your question and to give you my personal opinion, I am not at all fan of start bis menus and dock systems (except that of MacOS X).

    When I was using XP, I had taken care to create an organised Start menu. But over time, it quickly became unmanageable. Indeed, I am still testing new programs and then uninstalling them after a trial period. In addition, the names and brands of software make it easier for me to find it. And then, personally, I have my list of favorite software that are automatically installed on Windows. So I know perfectly what files they're placed in.

    I tested dozens of docks but none satisfied me for two major reasons.
    The first is that the Windows Start menu and its taskbar already take up a lot of space and a dock duplicates — even if you can hide the task bar, you always return one day or the other to the Start menu.
    The second is that I don't like any of them: performance and appearance are clearly not at the rendezvous. Let’s not talk about ergonomics.

    Finally, if you switch to Windows 7, the new taskbar will allow you to manage better because it combines icons and programs launched. It may seem confusing at first, but you will see that it is much more practical afterwards.

    That’s it!

  • gojcg

    Good morning, Maigret,

    Under Vista, on my mobile that I am currently using, I have not structured the “start” menu of Windows by creating thematic folders; two possible reasons: the need hadn't been felt, or I used mostly my PC XP for software testing.
    On Windows 7, which I will install after October 22 (I have the license for) I may have nothing to do because I decided to continue using a bis menu built as follows

    Extract from my notes
    Customise THE BUREAU... to improve access to your programs and files.

    Micropractice, April 2007 p 34

    Windows XP allows you to build quick launch windows that provide access to programs, files and folders. This is not about keeping an Explorer window with shortcuts on the screen at all times, but a special window, much less cumbersome.
    You have to start by creating a toolbar in the Taskbar. Right click on a free space and then on Toolbar and New Toolbar. Click on the Create New Folder button (in the My Documents directory for example) and name it/Quick Access.

    This procedure worked.

    To move on to the following topics, I gave up for the OCR installed ABBYY FineReader 5 because my CDs provided by Dell 5 years ago are not designed to facilitate the operation. ABBYY’s support had already helped me back then...
    http://forum.pcastuces.com/sujet.asp?f=4&s=62921

    Thank you for indicating your procedures

  • Gilles

    Good morning,

    I wondered as soon as I installed Seven, because the first thing I do when I install XP is to move “My Documents”! And I noticed under Seven this manip (something tedious).

    In fact, under Seven (I've never seen Vista), can we only move one to one the media directories?

    Can't we move the entire “container” of user profiles? (which would be more practical/useful)

    Thank you

  • @Gilles : yes, it would be very practical but I haven't found a way to do it. I think this is impossible because it is a system file.

    Unlike XP, under Vista and Seven, there is a user folder that brings together many dedicated folders. The My Documents folder is somehow the user folder.

  • Gilles

    I haven't watched (again, I've only had it for a week) but we need to be able to do it when installing, in a wait, for example... but I'm going to look, because it could be practical (or even indispensable if you use multiple disks/images like me).
    I haven't tried installing it via USB yet, but I think it’s a good option.

    In any case, as long as it is not marketed, there are no bcp tips, but in qq months, it will be clearer (and perhaps a patch for the multi-disc with XP:D)

  • @Gilles : personally, I followed the method of the article, although repetitive, to move everything to a data partition. Then I installed several OSs in multi-boot.

  • Stone

    Hello,I moved my files from C to D but I made a ball and I found myself in my user folder with two folder Documents, in fact my Video folder became my Documents folder and since there was already a Documents folder, I find myself with two folders "linked", in fact they all point to the same folder on D.As they are linked if I change one location, the other follows, if I change the name of the folder "document" and documentS" for example, the other follows... a crazy thingI wanted to "turn the problem" by creating on D a new folder in which I placed my Documents folder. I was hoping to delete the folders and then create new ones. Problem, 7 tracked the file and it didn't work. This new folder has even become almost invisible because if I explore D I do not find a new folder but the Document folder.But if I make a right button on Document from my user folder, and check the location, there the path indicates D:new folder/document...Mikmak from which I would like to unpatulate myself

    • Marie

      Good morning,

      I come across this discussion very late... but can you tell me how you got rid of your micmac? I've done the same kind of thing and it’s actually crazy. I managed to do a restore and Windows seems to have found its system folders with the right names, but now I have several folders syteme of the same name, in C and D and I dare not delete them because with the time I have already spent with my first ball, I dare to innovate with these files system at the c...!
      Thank you