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I don’t like having my personal files on the system drive. If you get a virus or reinstall your operating system, you stand a higher chance of losing your files. I always keep my personal files on a separate partition or drive.

Windows likes to store your saved videos, music, pictures etc in your Documents folder; in this guide, you’ll learn how to relocate your personal folders.

Relocating Personal Data Folders

To relocate your personal files, do the following:

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Click your account name in the right-hand menu
  3. Right click a folder that you want to relocate and select Properties
  4. On the Location tab of the properties dialog box, enter the address that you want to relocate to
  5. Click OK

Windows will ask permission to create the target folder if it doesn’t already exist, so click ‘Yes‘. I advise moving all the original files to the new location, unless you see a reason not to.



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8 thoughts on “Relocate Your Personal Data Folders in Vista [How To]”

  1. rsvr85 says:

    Nice tip Rich!!

    I’ve lost 100GB of music and 200GB of movies before now due to an infected system. A very worthwhile exercise!

  2. RSVR85 says:

    Nice tip Rich!!

    I’ve lost 100GB of music and 200GB of movies before now due to an infected system. A very worthwhile exercise!

  3. rsvr85 says:

    Nice tip Rich!!

    I’ve lost 100GB of music and 200GB of movies before now due to an infected system. A very worthwhile exercise!

  4. Rich says:

    Thanks. I swear by this change and recommend it to everyone. Even if you only have one hard drive, it’s worth adding a second partition for your personal files.

  5. Rich says:

    Thanks. I swear by this change and recommend it to everyone. Even if you only have one hard drive, it’s worth adding a second partition for your personal files.

  6. Rich says:

    Thanks. I swear by this change and recommend it to everyone. Even if you only have one hard drive, it’s worth adding a second partition for your personal files.

  7. Creative Folder Shortcut Links says:

    […] on one machine so I need a central repository of files. More information about this can be read here including instructions of how to implement this […]

  8. Walter Finnin says:

    If you are running Win 8 Prof and don’t have a start button, where do you go to access your file location properties?

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