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The My Documents folder is typically in a very specific place for each user in Windows XP. The good news is you can move it, and it's easy to do.
I have partitioned my hard drive putting the OS and programs on C: and files on separate partitions. How do I get XP's "My Documents" to refer directly to a location on the other partition?
Turns out there are a couple of ways to do this, and both are fairly simple.
The quickest and most complete way I know of is in Windows Explorer to right click and hold on C:\Documents and Settings\(your user name)\My Documents, and then drag it to the new location. When you release it'll ask what you want to do.
For example, on my primary machine, my "My Documents" folder is located in C:\Documents and Settings\LeoN\My Documents. In Windows Explorer I navigate to locate that folder, right click on it and hold, and then drag it over to the root of my D: drive. This is what I see when I release the mouse:
Selecting Move Here does several things:
It creates a new folder by the name of "My Documents" in the target location
It copies all of the files and folders from the old My Documents into the new
It removes the old, empty My Documents folder
It updates the system registry to use the new "My Documents" folder as the My Documents folder for your account.
Many people are very tempted to go in and simply edit the registry; I recommend against that. If you don't want to do everything that's listed above, a quick way to only change the registry setting is our old and free friend TweakUI. After downloading and installing TweakUI from the Microsoft web site you can run it, and then expand My Computer and then click on Special Folders. There you can drop down a list of all the special folders Windows keeps track of. Select My Documents:
As you can see TweakUI is already reflecting the change I made above by using Windows Explorer. Note also the descriptive text below the setting indicating that changing the setting here will not move any files, and in fact describing the method used above to do so.
If you click on the Change Location button TweakUI will give you a warning, but then let you select a new location for the My Documents folder.
Note that no mater how you move it, some applications may still refer to the old location. You'll need to update each application as problems arise. In reality, moving My Documents is best done when first setting up a system.