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Windows Vista: Moving My Documents (or My Pictures) to another location

Posted 13 September, 2008 at 4:07pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Personal Computers)

I boot my operating systems from a boot drive and keep all my data on a RAID-5. Naturally, I want to keep My Documents on my RAID but a lot of programs default to using the Windows My Documents path (which defaults to C: drive). Luckily, you can change the location of Documents (as well as each individual Pictures, Music, Videos, etc.) pretty easily:

Open your user's folder (in my case it's called "Michael Chu") which is found on your Desktop or the top-right corner of the Start Menu. Once you're in your user's folder, switch to Details View so you can see the Folder Paths of each of the folders inside. All the folders with special icons can be moved to new locations (or merged with existing directories).
Just right-click on the folder you want to move and select Properties.
Click on the Location tab.

Type in a new location and click OK or click on Move… to browse for a new location.
Click OK and let Windows move your files. That's it!

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