Tech Tips with Mr. Tech Savvy

Friday, February 15, 2008

Protect your important files - Move your My Documents away

Most, if not all, of us store our documents, pictures, music and video files in the most common place in the world - “My Documents”. Windows XP gives you the freedom to keep your My Documents folder in any location you wish.

Now you may ask, “Why should I move My Documents somewhere else?” Remember the day when the guy at your favorite computer store said, “Sorry Sir. Your Windows crashed, your files are lost and we cannot do anything about it but to format your computer.”

Let’s not let that day come back to us. Moving your My Documents away from C Drive or “System Drive” can save your files when your computer accidentally crashes or needs to be formatted for any reason. Plus, My Documents tends to be a very large folder as we have music and videos in there as well. By moving it to another drive, it frees up a lot of space in your C drive.

To do this, you must have a second drive, like D drive, in your computer.Here’s a simple and safe way to relocate your My Documents folder in Windows XP:

  • First, you will have to create a “My Documents” folder in a new location. I recommend that you create one in D drive. The path should then be “D:\My Documents\”.
  • On the original My Documents icon, which is usually on the Desktop, right-click mouse on the icon and select properties and you will get the “My Documents Properties” box.
  • Under “Target folder location”, click “Move”.
  • When asked to “Select a Destination”, choose the location of the new My Documents folder you have created earlier, which is, the My Documents folder under the D drive. Then, click OK.
  • Click OK again on the My Documents Properties box. You will then be asked to confirm if you want to move the files from the old location to the new location; verify and click Yes. The files in your old My Documents will then be automatically moved to the new one in your D drive.
Your My Documents is now officially moved to a new and safer location!

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