• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 456
  • Last Modified:

Moving My Documents caused missing folder


I was trying to move some personal directories onto another drive and was following these instructions:

Redirect a folder to a new location

I opened up my personal name from the start menu, and then right clicked on Downloads. I clicked on the move button in the location tab, and chose a folder I created:


a location to which I planned on moving all personal folders.  However, when I did that, the Downloads did not appear inside E:\Libraries, but rather on the top level of E.  I thought maybe it was a system requirement that it be on the top.  

Next I tried to move 'My Documents', and I just chose E.  Well, something strange happened.
There is no folder called Documents any longer, as it was replaced by my hdd icon.  The picture shows what's happening.

What I really WANTED, was to put all my personal folders into E:\Libraries, but that doesn't seem to be happening.

What can I do to fix this?

  • 2
2 Solutions
Create the folder structure you want manually (not using the move feature in the properties)

Then move all the files manually using windows explorer to the new folders

Then go to the properties on those folders in the profile directory (how you have been)
Go to the Location tab
Then just update the paths to the new folder names - or use Find Target

then you should be able to have it how you want
I wonder if a System Restore would put things back to where they were so you could start all over moving My Documents.

ugebAuthor Commented:
Thank you both.  The system restore worked to put My Documents back in place.  I will use brendanmeyer's solution to arrange it like I want it, but the big thing is it's restore.

ugeb--You are welcome.
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Keep up with what's happening at Experts Exchange!

Sign up to receive Decoded, a new monthly digest with product updates, feature release info, continuing education opportunities, and more.

  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now