Move or change the location of My Documents
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The default My Documents folder is located in Windows XP and Windows Vista is located on the same disk or partition as the operating system. This is fine for anyone who has only one disk or a single partition on their computers, such as the C drive, but if you have more than one physical or logical drive on your computer, it is better to move your My Documents folder off the system drive. So you may be wondering why I would recommend this? Here are some reasons that I moved my file.
1. Free precious hard disk space on system partition -
With all the monthly updates for Office and Windows, my C drive became close to its full! Also, other system files like the paging file, System Restore files, hibernation files are all stored on the system partition. Once I moved the data off, I gave the space arc Windows more space to live and breathe.
2. Easy backup and data recovery after a crash of Windows -
The best reason to move the My Documents folder is better help protect your data. For example, if your Windows crashes on one day and you must perform a recovery, then all your data will be lost. However, if your data is on D, say, craps and your Windows, you can reinstall a fresh copy of Windows on drive C and the rest of your data remains intact! Of course, it will not save your data if the entire hard drive is physically failing and your My Documents folder is on the same drive in another partition. But there were many occasions in my time when Windows has become unusable due to a virus, spyware or other kinds of calamities.