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Is there a way to Force Win98 SE, to locate "My Documents" on a different HD than where Windows is located?  This is a single home PC, Not a network.

Reason:  I have a good 1.2G HD that I could use for this purpose.  It's much easier to back up an entire data drive, than to go through my entire C drive searching for my data.  

THANX
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by:stevenlewis
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You can use tweakui to do this or edit the registry see here
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/107/
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Change the Location of System and Special Folders (All Versions)
Category: Tips and Tricks
Windows keeps a number of special folders such as "My Documents", "Desktop", "Favorites" and the "Start Menu". These folders can be moved anywhere on you system and the new location updated in this key.

Open your registry and find the key below, listed are all the Windows special folders.

Note the current location of the folder you want to move, and then using explorer move the folder to the new location.

Edit the value in the key below for the folder you moved to reflect the new directory location.

Note: Log off or restart Windows for the changes to take effect.


Settings
Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\User Shell Folders]
 
 
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by:pjknibbs
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Right-click the "My Documents" shortcut on the desktop. There's an option to move the folder somewhere else on the dialog box which appears.
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by:makisupa
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Make a directory some were else on your computer anywhere. it doesn't matter
for example. if you have multiple hard drives which I believe you do.
on your drive F: make a folder called My Documents.

then as  pjknibbs  said, right click the my documents folder on your desktop and there should be a browse button. all you have to do is browse to the new location that you made your My Documents folder and presto.
your my Documents folder is relocated. If you  want to remove the My Documents folder from the desktop. also right click on My Documents and there should be an option to remove from desktop.
al of these option I believe are under the preferencre menu or should be avaliable with just a right click
Good Luck
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by:68COUGAR
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Steven Lewis gave the most detailed answer.  So he gets the points.  I've never edited a registry, but now I have the confidence to try!

BTW:  I'm a Win98 Dummy!  I used WFWG 3.11 until recently, because my wife uses Korean software that was not compatible with Win95.  STEVE:  Thanks for your help.  I'll look for your name in the future.  

PS:  My brother told me about this site when he was a Gateway Tech Rep.
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68COUGAR I'm glad we could help, and look forward to seeing more of you here. It is an excellent site
Steve
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