Change The Location Of My Documents Folder

Some people prefer to change the location of My Documents folder in Windows in case something happens to the partition where the Operating System resides. Moving the default location of your My Documents or My Pictures folder is something that is not really necessary for most people, but does add an additional barrier of safety for your data by getting it off of the root drive. If the root drive fails, you run the risk of losing that date. For instance, if you have a spare hard drive and install it inside of your computer, you can create a new My Documents folder on that drive and change the current My Documents folder’s target to reflect the new change. In theory, if your C: drive crashes, you do not lose the data when you need to reinstall.

Note: This does NOT mean you still do not have to backup that data. Even though it’s in a new place, you still need to have a second copy locally and a third copy on the Internet (On services like Carbonite, Skydrive, GMail, etc).

Steps To Change The Location Of My Documents Folder

To change the location of My Documents folder, just right-click the folder and select Properties. You can type in the new target or click Move to browse to the new location. You should create the new My Documents folder in advance before you attempt this. Once done, you should test to make sure documents are going into the new location and not the old one located on the C: drive. Once you confirm this, create a backup then you can remove or leave the old location and begin using the new location.

Change The Location Of My Documents Folder

Change The Location Of My Documents Folder In Windows 7

You can also change the location of My Documents folder in Windows 7 by doing the following:

1. Create a new documents folder on the drive you want to move it to (D, for instance).
2. Right-click the new folder and click Include in Library > Documents .
3. Click Start > Documents .
4. Double-click My Documents to open its contents.
5. Drag and drop the files to the new folder.
6. Press F5 to refresh the view.
7. Then under Documents Library , click locations .
8. Right-click the new folder and select Set as default save location .

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