My Documents folder and a folder named default's Documents seem to be synchronized.

Posted on 2011-10-16
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
My Documents folder and a folder named default's Documents seem to be synchronized in the Explorer window. Since I had a backup of the files in My Documents folder, I tried to delete the duplicate files in the default’s Documents folder which deleted the files in the My Document’s folder.

I should add I opened the My Computer folder on the desktop and  I find the default's Documents folder there. So it appears to shared. However, there is only one user of this computer.  

I don’t understand why I’m getting duplicate files and what to know how to stop this from happening.  
Question by:e01estal
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    Assisted Solution

    if you want you can change the default path of the My Documents folders ih this way:

    1.Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
    2.Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
    3.Click the Target tab.
    4.In the Target box, do one of the following:¿Type the path to the folder location that you want, and then click OK. For example, D:\My Stuff.
    If the folder does not exist, the Create Message dialog box is displayed. Click Yes to create the folder, and then click OK.
    ¿Click Move, click the folder in which to store your documents, and then click OK twice.
    If you need to create a new folder, click Make New Folder. Type a name for the folder, and then click OK twice.

    5.In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.

    For more detail, you can see here:
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    Assisted Solution

    you should not use "reserved folder names" like "my documents"- it confuses windows better use another name eg files_october_2011

    Author Comment

    It seems that I wasn't clear enough in my question. I am running XP pro.

    I don't what My Documents folder to be redirected and I don't know how this came to be.
    I find that My Documents folder and a folder named default's Documents which I did not create or I didn't notice before has the same files.

    If I try to delete the files in the My Documents folder all the files in the default's documents folder. If I add a file to the My Documents folder it will appear in the folder called default's documents.

    How do I stop this from happening.
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    Assisted Solution

    I would guess that your accountname on the machine is quote "default" unquote, in other words "default" is your username.  You may have changed it so the "friendly name" is something else, such that the friendly logon screen shows that friendly name, but under the covers your username is default.  So, if there were other accounts like "fred" or "mary" then when you navigate certain parts of the disk, what would display as "My Documents" for mary appears as "mary's Documents" to everyone else.
    Right click My Computer and choose Manage. In computer management expand Local Users and Groups and click on Users.  Besides built-in accounts like Administrator, ASPNET, Guest, HelpAssistant, and SUPPORT_xxxxxx, what usernames do you see?  That should help clear-up your question.
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    You may be looking at a shortcut an not copy of the folder that you think is synch'd.

    Right Mouse Click on the folder, then Left Click "Properties"

    If it's a shortcut, you'll see a shortcut tab.
    if it's the actual directory, you will NOT see the shortcut tab.

    Shortcuts can be named easily, to be virtually anything. In fact, you can create a shortcut to your documents folder, and name the shortcut "My Documents" and the shortcut can reside on your desktop with the same name as the folder to which it points.

    My guess: you are looking at a shortcut that someone renamed and introduced this confusion.

    Hope this helps.


    Author Comment

    I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

    The question was about a problem I was having with a hard drive which has crashed; hence can't check for a solution
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    Accepted Solution

    The problem may have been that one instance of his documents folder was really a shortcut to the other actual folder.  we'll never know.

    Moderator should give some points to everyone who tried to help, since it's not our fault that questioner's hard drive crashed.

    Just a thought.

    Author Closing Comment

    I see your point and split the points between members. Thanks to all for your help. I did save all the personal documents. The hard drive crashed while I was attempting to clone the clone the drive c/o I expected the hard drive was going bad..
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    Expert Comment

    The question might be similar to someone else's issue, and the answers might indeed be solutions.

    In science, many experiments and suggested solutions that don't work are still the source of valuable information.

    Something to think about.

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