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Unread 26-09-2007, 04:56 AM   #1
Edward Ripley-Duggan
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How to change location of existing User desktop folder

My daughter, who shares my machine, has become a Photoshop maven. I wasn't
following what she was up to, but unfortunately she seems to have stored 9GB
(!) of files on my C: drive, on the desktop. I need to get these moved
elsewhere, and (ideally) set her desktop location to that drive. I have in
mind a 250 GB USB drive I have on the system. I could either just move her
Desktop and My Documents files and set new pointers in registry, or perhaps
move her whole "User" profile?

Is there an easy and safe way to accomplish this? I have backed up,
naturally, but if the backup for some reason failed and the move resulted in
a mess-up, I would be in for major grief!

Ted.


 
Unread 26-09-2007, 04:57 AM   #2
Bob I
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Re: How to change location of existing User desktop folder

Add an internal drive and then you can move her My Documents to a
partition on it.

Edward Ripley-Duggan wrote:

> My daughter, who shares my machine, has become a Photoshop maven. I wasn't
> following what she was up to, but unfortunately she seems to have stored 9GB
> (!) of files on my C: drive, on the desktop. I need to get these moved
> elsewhere, and (ideally) set her desktop location to that drive. I have in
> mind a 250 GB USB drive I have on the system. I could either just move her
> Desktop and My Documents files and set new pointers in registry, or perhaps
> move her whole "User" profile?
>
> Is there an easy and safe way to accomplish this? I have backed up,
> naturally, but if the backup for some reason failed and the move resulted in
> a mess-up, I would be in for major grief!
>
> Ted.
>
>


 
Unread 26-09-2007, 04:58 AM   #3
Edward Ripley-Duggan
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Re: How to change location of existing User desktop folder



"Bob I" wrote:

> Add an internal drive and then you can move her My Documents to a
> partition on it.
>
> Edward Ripley-Duggan wrote:
>
> > My daughter, who shares my machine, has become a Photoshop maven. I wasn't
> > following what she was up to, but unfortunately she seems to have stored 9GB
> > (!) of files on my C: drive, on the desktop. I need to get these moved
> > elsewhere, and (ideally) set her desktop location to that drive. I have in
> > mind a 250 GB USB drive I have on the system. I could either just move her
> > Desktop and My Documents files and set new pointers in registry, or perhaps
> > move her whole "User" profile?
> >
> > Is there an easy and safe way to accomplish this? I have backed up,
> > naturally, but if the backup for some reason failed and the move resulted in
> > a mess-up, I would be in for major grief!
> >
> > Ted.
> >
> >

>
>

 
Unread 26-09-2007, 04:58 AM   #4
Edward Ripley-Duggan
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Re: How to change location of existing User desktop folder

I have been able to move her "My Documents" and change the properties to the
new drive.

Of more concern is her Desktop itself. She has stored a large volume of
files (7 GB) on that. Although the result is messy, I don't want to undo the
way she works. Is there a way to move her "My Desktop" to the auxiliary drive
so that Windows recognizes it correctly when she logs on?

Ted.
 
Unread 26-09-2007, 04:59 AM   #5
Bob I
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Re: How to change location of existing User desktop folder

That is just asking for grief if you manage to do it. As for My
Documents being on an external drive that can end up being disconnected,
you can at least sort that out relatively easily.

Edward Ripley-Duggan wrote:
> I have been able to move her "My Documents" and change the properties to the
> new drive.
>
> Of more concern is her Desktop itself. She has stored a large volume of
> files (7 GB) on that. Although the result is messy, I don't want to undo the
> way she works. Is there a way to move her "My Desktop" to the auxiliary drive
> so that Windows recognizes it correctly when she logs on?
>
> Ted.


 
Unread 26-09-2007, 05:01 AM   #6
Edward Ripley-Duggan
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Re: How to change location of existing User desktop folder

Thanks very much. I'll got for the simpler route of having her save all her
files elsewhere.
 
 

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