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    Moving My Music (XP)

    Is it possible to move the My Music folder to another hard disk <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>
    - I'm wanting to put my slow changing data on a separate drive, partly for performance, partly to ease backups
    - for that matter, My Pictures as well

    I've tried just drag and dropping the My Music folder to the D: drive, but then the Start panel option fails

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    Re: Moving My Music (XP)

    How to Change the Default Location of the My Documents Folder (Q310147)
    may give you either the answer or some clues.
    (I can't find anything specifically relating to moving My Music or My Pictures.)

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    Re: Moving My Music (XP)

    Leif,
    sorry, the Knowledge Base article details changing My Documents target, but the My Music and My Pictures don't have the same Target option <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>
    Done some more poking around and found this reference on a couple of techy sites, tried it, but it doesn't work - the site "Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows" only had it on the rc1 page, not the actual release, so maybe the features been pulled <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>
    In Windows 2000, Microsoft added the ability to right-click the My Documents folder and choose a new location for that folder in the shell. With Windows XP, Microsoft has elevated the My Music and My Pictures folders to the same "special shell folder" status of My Documents, but they never added a similar (and simple) method for changing those folder's locations. However, it is actually pretty easy to change the location of these folders, using the following method.
    Open a My Computer window and navigate to the location where you'd like My Music (or My Pictures) to reside. Then, open the My Documents folder in a different window. Drag the My Music (or My Pictures) folder to the other window, and Windows XP will update all of the references to that folder to the new location, including the Start menu.

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    Re: Moving My Music (XP)

    OK - a quick search on Google shows two other references to the same method as the last paragraph of your reply above.

    Are you moving My Pictures etc from a view in My Computer as opposed to using Explorer? - they all seem to specify this so it may make a difference . . .

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    Re: Moving My Music (XP)

    Weird, I dragged them, tried to look at one on the Start panel, got an error, but phone rang, so I got delayed. Tried the other an it worked! Went back and the first one works
    - seems there's a time delay

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    Re: Moving My Music (XP)

    Best way I've found is to use the TweakUI powertool from the Microsoft XP site

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