Move MyDocuments to another drive
Microsoft tried to enhance Windows XP by adding a central folder for user data which is called MyDocuments which is the default place for save games, pictures, music and everything else that is user related.
The default location has some disadvantages though. First, it adds another folder that has to be backed up if you do backup your data regularly. This may not be a problem if you are backing up the whole drive or partition all the time, but if you don't, you may run into issues.
More problematic though can be that it could grow so big that the partition of your Windows operating system may not be big enough to store all of the files anymore. This happened to me. I was clever enough to create a 8 Gigabyte C: partition for Windows XP which was soon to small because of music and images that have been saved in that folder.
8 Gigabyte is exceptionally small especially if you compare it to newer versions of Windows which require more than that.
Instead of moving single application folders to another drive I decided to find a way to move the MyDocuments folder instead. This is actually pretty easy.
Press Windows E to start up Windows Explorer. Right-click the MyDocuments folder and select Properties from the menu. The Target Folder Location displays the current location of the MyDocuments folder. If you click on the Move button below you may select a new folder or hard drive and move the contents of the MyDocuments folder there.
Update: Please note that this works in newer versions of Windows as well. As you may know, new versions of Windows ship with multiple "My"-folders such as Pictures, Videos or Documents.
Right-click on any of the folders and select properties from the context menu. Switch to the location tab afterwards to display the current folder used to store the folder's files. Now, select move and browse to the new location for that folder to change it.
You are then asked whether you want to move all existing files to the new location which you can do. If you accept, Windows will move all files to the new location so that they are available in it.Advertisement