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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #20

    Once you have everything set to save to the "D" location, you should be able to safely delete the "C" location if wanted.

    Startup wouldn't be affected by that. You'll only save space on "C" by having them on "D" instead.

    You could pick and choose items in the tutorial below to help improve performance if you like.

    Optimize Performance of Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  2.    1 Week Ago #21

    @Brink - Hi, I suggest the tutorials on moving location really need to start with a clear health warning about what can go wrong if you don't following the tutorial exactly, or make a mistake.

    I suggest this should include recommending users to create a disk image before undertaking this.

    All this right at the start.

    Current example:
    I messed up moving Documents folder location to D:\ - Windows 10 Forums

    You'll be aware there are a number of such threads.

    Bree took several days to repeatedly experiment to try to develop steps to sort out what one user had done- a situtation MS regarded as non-correctable.

    Thanks!
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       1 Week Ago #22

    I would recommend to create an system image before making any changes to be safe in case a mistake is made.

    Luckily, it's not to hard to reverse moving the folders.

    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4.    1 Week Ago #23

    Yes- I mean actually positively adding a warning about the consequences of making a mistake following these, and creating an 'appropriate' backup just in case- why? because of the difficulty and time it takes trying to sort the threads out reporting these problems. Thanks!
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       1 Week Ago #24

    Warning added to help.
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  6.    1 Week Ago #25

    thanks - presumably in all the Location-related tutorials... let's hope that people take note!
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  7.    1 Week Ago #26

    I've heard that the new Windows 10 update is deleting the contents of Documents. Would moving Documents prevent this?
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       1 Week Ago #27

    peaceridge said: View Post
    I've heard that the new Windows 10 update is deleting the contents of Documents. Would moving Documents prevent this?
    Not necessarily. A backup of it in another location would be the best defense.

    This bug should be fixed when the Windows 10 October 2018 Update v1809 is re-released though.
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  9.    4 Days Ago #28

    Long in the tooth novice needs help.


    Hello Brink,

    I recently got help reinstalling my OS after the October update caused a blue screen, brought about, I suspect, because previously I had not correctly moved folders from (C:) to (D:). The OS was on an SSD and (D:) was a separate HDD for storage. The HDD had been backed up.

    On reinstalling, 2 users were created: a built-in administrator and a Microsoft account user. In the built-in admin account I've managed to move the default storage location to (D:) by following a tutorial and it all looks fine. The computer thinks the default is the C: drive but actually it's all saved on D:, right?

    However, I tried doing the same when I was in my Microsoft user account by using your 'Change Storage Save Locations in Windows 10' method, and now my Explore File view is a bit of a mess, with Documents folder on the C: drive empty, a user folder on the D: drive, and so on.

    If this looks confused, that's because I am. Is there a workaround, or do I have to do another clean install?
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       4 Days Ago #29

    Hello Justin, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial below for storage save locations is only applied to new content. Your "Documents" folder doesn't actually get moved, and the old content is still there.

    Change Storage Save Locations in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    You would want to use an option in the tutorial on the first page here instead if you want to move your "Documents" folder instead.
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