Normally, you can tell the system where you want particular folders of your private set of folders to be placed. For example, in File Explorer, expand the section under your user name and you should see a number of folders such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos. If you right click on one of these...
Best answer: Normally, you can tell the system where you want particular folders of your private set of folders to be placed. For example, in File Explorer, expand the section under your user name and you should see a number of folders such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos. If you right click on one of these folders and open its Properties you should get the properties dialogue box. The image below shows the properties for my Documents folder.
Select the Location tab, and change the location. In my case, I could replace C:\Users\Richard\Documents with D:\Documents. When you click OK, it will ask if you want the contents of the current folder moving to the new location. Normally I ask for this to happen, and the system moves all the data in the original Documents folder to the new location.
This PC I am using today is a laptop with only a 32 GB drive, so it has no D: drive. However, on my bigger PCs, I always keep all my data on D: and leave C: for Windows and the actual programs for the applications. Periodically I make complete image backups of C: using programs such as Drive Image (there are many others). If I get a major problem with the operating system I simply restore the last image of C: and the PC is up and running again. For the files on D:, I keep copies of those files on separate removable external drives. As new files are added, I can copy those new files to the backup. This is quicker than making a complete image backup of D:.
Since virus attacks, except for ransomeware, normally affect C: then simply being able to restore C: rather than all my data as well works very nicely.
When setting up a PC, my normal criteria is, if the PC has less than 100 GB of storage, then I will put everything in C:. With more than 100 GB of storage, or when storage exists on more than one physical drive, then I use C: for the software and D: for data. If there are more than two physical drives, then I put a different logical drive (C:, D:, E:, etc) on different physical drives.
My main laptop has a 480 GB drive. This is split into 100 GB for C: (with Windows and the installed applications) and the rest for D: (with all my data). Both logical drives are about half full.
I hope this helps.
2 weeks ago