How to change the location of Documents, Desktop etc to a different drive

Dwight Baer
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How to change the location for Documents, Desktop etc to a different drive

I added a second "Data" partition on my PC.  Now I'd like to change the location of Documents, Desktop, etc to that new partition.  I know how to right-click on Documents, choose, Location, and edit the setting.  But in the past I've had issues where I set it to D:\ and then couldn't change it to anything else later.

Is there a procedure for "Best Practices" in this regard?  e.g. create a Docs folder - d:\Docs and then use that for the location of the library file "Documents"?

My goal is to have all my data on the D: drive, so that if necessary later on I can re-install the OS without affecting most of my data.

Windows 10

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What about if your D drive will die ? :)
Remember to always have backup of your critical data so use AOMEI Backuper sometime to have option to recover from
As of personal data, here you can read some manual

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-move-default-user-folders-new-drive-windows-10
Gilberto SanchesFreelance ICT Consultant

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The way you do it, changing the location to the another drive, is also how I do it. For the same reason as yours. But so far I didn't had a situation where I needed to change the location again.

I often only change the drive letter, instead of the whole path. So after a OS reinstall I would change the location of Documents, Pictures etc. ANd after that copy paste the backup files to the new location. Maybe that can make a difference in your situation.
Top Expert 2016

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for the user data folders i.e. documents/music/pictures/downloads/videos if you right click and select properties you will see a tab called location you can now set a new location and it will prompt to move the existing files to the new location.  I do this all of the time to keep free space on my expensive SSD boot drive onto my slower cheaper data drives.
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Thanks all!
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I appreciate your help.

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