How to relocate your Windows Vista data folders (Documents, Music, Pictures etc)

If you have a second hard drive, or even a second partition on your existing hard drive, it might be a good idea to relocate your data (music, documents, pictures, videos etc). This allows for easier/faster backups, and you can even re-install Vista without having to worry about losing your files. You can also do this with just one of the folders – for example if you have a ton of audio files and don’t want to use all the space on your C:\ drive to store music, you can relocate just the Music folder. Follow the steps outlined below to move your files to a new location…

  1. Start by creating a new folder on your second hard drive or partition. In the example below I have created a folder titled Ross on my E: drive. Inside that folder, create folders titled Music, Documents, Videos and Pictures.
  2. vistas windows explorer
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  3. Once you’ve created the new folders, click the start Orb and select your name (the entry directly under your login/username picture) from the Vista menu.
  4. user name option from the vista start menu

  5. Right-click on the Music folder and select Properties
  6. right click the music folder and select options

  7. Select the Location tab. The default location will be C:\Users\Your-Name\Music\. Click the Move button to relocate it.
  8. location tab of a folders properties
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  9. Navigate to your new Music folder. In my case, it’s found in E:\Ross\Music\. Click Select Folder when you’ve found your new Music home.
  10. select a folder in vista
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  11. Back on the Location tab of the Music Properties, click the Apply button.
  12. vistas folder properties
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  13. You’ll be prompted to confirm that you want to move your data. Click Yes.
  14. confirm move dialog window in vista
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  15. And now your Music folder has a new home.
  16. location section of the vista folder properties
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  17. Any time in the future when you select Music, you’ll be taken to the new Music folder. Note: you don’t have to delete the old one, Vista really does move it.
  18. music from the vista start menu

  19. Repeat the above steps with your Pictures, Videos, Documents etc folders, if you wish.

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