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Problem with moving Documents, Pictures, and Music folders to different hard drive

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    Problem with moving Documents, Pictures, and Music folders to different hard drive

    I've just recently upgraded to Vista Ultimate x64, and I'm trying to get it set up. One of the things I did with Windows XP Pro was move the My Documents folder from the default C: drive to an eSATA external drive I had, incase I needed to format the hard drive the OS was on. Since the My Music and My Pictures folders were in the My Documents folder this went well, if I clicked the My Documents icon on the Start Menu it would go to the root directory of the external drive, and when I clicked either My Pictures or My Music it would go to those folders.

    I tried doing the same thing with Vista, and have had some problems. I opened up the Start menu, right clicked the Documents folder, clicked the Location tab and selected that I wanted the location to be my external drive (the I drive). When I clicked this, it worked fine. Then I noticed that the Music and Picture folders weren't in the Documents folder, so I thought I would have to move them seperately. When I tried doing that with the Pictures folder, it messed everything up, it changed the Documents folder and Music folder to be the same folder, even though that wasn't the way I wanted it. I can't seem to get it the way I want it, where the Documents folder is the root directory of the external I drive, and the Music folder and Pictures folder is located in their respective folders, but on the external hard drive. Could someone please help me set it up this way?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Re: Problem with moving Documents, Pictures, and Music folders to different hard driv

    bump back to the first page.

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    Re: Problem with moving Documents, Pictures, and Music folders to different hard drive

    did you do it like this?
    http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1371


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    >
    > I've just recently upgraded to Vista Ultimate x64, and I'm trying to get
    > it set up. One of the things I did with Windows XP Pro was move the My
    > Documents folder from the default C: drive to an eSATA external drive I
    > had, incase I needed to format the hard drive the OS was on. Since the
    > My Music and My Pictures folders were in the My Documents folder this
    > went well, if I clicked the My Documents icon on the Start Menu it would
    > go to the root directory of the external drive, and when I clicked
    > either My Pictures or My Music it would go to those folders.
    >
    > I tried doing the same thing with Vista, and have had some problems. I
    > opened up the Start menu, right clicked the Documents folder, clicked
    > the Location tab and selected that I wanted the location to be my
    > external drive (the I drive). When I clicked this, it worked fine.
    > Then I noticed that the Music and Picture folders weren't in the
    > Documents folder, so I thought I would have to move them seperately.
    > When I tried doing that with the Pictures folder, it messed everything
    > up, it changed the Documents folder and Music folder to be the same
    > folder, even though that wasn't the way I wanted it. I can't seem to
    > get it the way I want it, where the Documents folder is the root
    > directory of the external I drive, and the Music folder and Pictures
    > folder is located in their respective folders, but on the external hard
    > drive. Could someone please help me set it up this way?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help.
    > "
    >
    >
    > --
    > Invader DJ

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    Join Date : Dec 2007
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    Re: Problem with moving Documents, Pictures, and Music folders to different hard driv

    I didn't at first, but I just did. It still does the same thing, for some reason when I try to change the location of one folder (like the Music folder for instance) it will change the location of the Pictures and Documents folder to be the exact same thing, and will rename them to be the same as well. For instance, I now have three different Music folders instead of one Music folder, one Pictures folder, and one Documents folder.

    Thank you for the help though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
    did you do it like this?
    Windows Vista Tip #4: Move your data folders to a separate drive | Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise |


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    "Invader DJ" <Invader.DJ.32fa21@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
    news:Invader.DJ.32fa21@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net...

    >
    > I've just recently upgraded to Vista Ultimate x64, and I'm trying to get
    > it set up. One of the things I did with Windows XP Pro was move the My
    > Documents folder from the default C: drive to an eSATA external drive I
    > had, incase I needed to format the hard drive the OS was on. Since the
    > My Music and My Pictures folders were in the My Documents folder this
    > went well, if I clicked the My Documents icon on the Start Menu it would
    > go to the root directory of the external drive, and when I clicked
    > either My Pictures or My Music it would go to those folders.
    >
    > I tried doing the same thing with Vista, and have had some problems. I
    > opened up the Start menu, right clicked the Documents folder, clicked
    > the Location tab and selected that I wanted the location to be my
    > external drive (the I drive). When I clicked this, it worked fine.
    > Then I noticed that the Music and Picture folders weren't in the
    > Documents folder, so I thought I would have to move them seperately.
    > When I tried doing that with the Pictures folder, it messed everything
    > up, it changed the Documents folder and Music folder to be the same
    > folder, even though that wasn't the way I wanted it. I can't seem to
    > get it the way I want it, where the Documents folder is the root
    > directory of the external I drive, and the Music folder and Pictures
    > folder is located in their respective folders, but on the external hard
    > drive. Could someone please help me set it up this way?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help.
    > "
    >
    >
    > --
    > Invader DJ

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    Join Date : Dec 2007
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    Re: Problem with moving Documents, Pictures, and Music folders to different hard driv

    Okay, I've got it working now. Since I messed it up so bad, I just did a System Restore to back before I tried to change the folders, then followed that article exactly, instead of just trying to right click on the items on the Start Menu and that worked perfectly.

    Thanks for the help.

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