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    Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    My master drive is a 40GB (Drive 0, C. I just installed a 400 GB as a slave (Drive 1, D. Both are set up as Basic drives, not Dynamic drives.

    I'd like to put My Documents on the 400 GB drive, and I'm looking for suggestions. (Office applications make it easy to get directly to My Documents, and I want to be able to go to the 400 GB drive from there.) I know next to nothing about Dynamic drives, but from the Help files I can infer that this might be a good thing for me, and might accomplish what I want. (Or maybe not.)
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    Are you asking for help moving My Documents?
    or advice on whether this is a good idea?
    or advice on whether to configure one or both of your disks as dynamic?

    Here are my comments on each of these...
    <UL><LI>To move my documents to the new disk drive you could:
    <UL><LI>Simply drag the existing My Documents folder to the required location
    <LI>or right click My Documents, choose Properties, and enter the new loction in the "Target Location" field
    <LI>or use TweakUI to change the location[/list]<LI>I have moved My Documents (using various methods) on many computers and it has never led to problems. Some applications still insist on using the default location (Cocuments and Settings...) , so I also put a shortcut to the new location in the default location. This enables me to use those applications too.
    <LI>I would strongly recommend that you do not use Dynamic disks. The benefits for an ordinary home user are very small, and many third party utilities, such as partition managers, defragmentors and backup utilities do not understand them.[/list]StuartR

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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    I guess I'm asking for all three. ;-)

    1) Thanks for the advice on dynamic disks -- I'll avoid them.

    2) Ditto the advice on moving My Documents. I was a bit concerned about confusing things by moving it away from (Cocuments and Settings...) .

    3) Do you know if the Microsoft Office applications are among those that insist on using the (Cocuments and Settings...) location?

    Thanks for your very enlightening help. Without Woody's Lounge, I'd still be scratching my head.
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    The Microsoft Office Applications are pretty well behaved when you move My Documents.

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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    Thanks again. I'll move My Documents to the 400 GB drive next week, after the excitement over having 10X my former disk space dies down. (I don't want to "act in haste, repent at leisure," Though I must admit I'm tempted to do it NOW!)
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    One other option for moving your My Documents folder is to use the built-in capability of XP. Simply right click on My Documents and select properties and then click on the Move button and select the new location from there.
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    I tried that, but the files didn't move.

    I have a continuing concern about the difference between My Documents for different users. Should I move just mine? (There's one other user who very occasionally uses my machine.) Should I move the whole Documents and Settings folder? With the complexity of XP and its ability to handle different users, this whole thing seems to my uninitiated eyes to be simpler than just dragging and dropping something.

    The more I look at it, the more I think I should just drag cocuments and Settings down to the d: drive, where it will become documents and Settings. (I'm still a bit worried that I'll be creating a nightmare, however -- can anybody reassure me?)
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    When you go into Windows Explorer and right click on My Documents>Properties are you getting a window like the one I've attached with a tree to select where you want to move the My Documents folder to ?? And if so, are you saying the files aren't moving when you select your new secondary drive ??
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    I got the window in your post (except in the "classic" format). I did the move on the My Documents on my desktop, however. Nothing moved. Maybe that's because I operated on the desktop icon.

    My thinking has evolved since my original post. Unless it causes problems, I'd like to move the entire Documents and Settings folder to my new drive. Advice and comments would be appreciated.
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    Moving the Documents and Settings folder to another drive is like asking for trouble. All your user settings, IE history, IE Favorties, mail storage, registry, etc. is stored in different folders under this one. I would not dare to move those around, but moving My documents is no problem.

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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    I've never dared to move the whole Documents and Settings folder. I would be very nervous of how Windows might behave if the data disk failed, and I wouldn't be completely confident that you could log on to fix things!

    My advice would be to move My Documents, Favorites etc, separately - using TweakUI, but leave the top level Documents and Settings alone. Also - DON'T move the ADMINISTRATOR My Documents off the system disk, only the user ones, this gives you a very good chance of being able to recover from failures.

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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    I guess I should play it safe and just move my own personal My Documents. I looked at the folders in Documents and Settings. My Documents was 3.5GB even after all pictures, music, and videos had been moved elsewhere. Local Settings was 4.3GB (!), but there's enough space for it on the 40GB drive. The other folders were all sub-GB size, most of them only a few MB or less.

    The present plan is to move my personal My Documents to the 400GB drive, along with My Pictures, My Music and My Videos, but to leave everything else on the 40GB system disk. The stuff on the 40GB is unlikely to have any massive growth, while the stuff on the 400GB will have room for almost a 10X expansion.

    What's the deal on moving things with TweakUI? I had it long ago, but it's no longer on my system. If it brings good benefits, I'll get it again.

    BTW, you'd think that there would be abundant information about moving My Documents, etc. to other drives, including step-by-step instructions, since hundreds of thousands of people have added big hard drives to their systems, without getting rid of their original drives. I can only imagine the chaotic folder systems that are out there.
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    The biggest folder in Local Settings is often Temp, it would be worth trying to delete everything you can in there.

    TweakUI makes it very easy to move special folders, see screen shot attached.

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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    <center>
    <hr>you'd think that there would be abundant information about moving My Documents, etc. to other drives, including step-by-step instructions,<hr>
    </center>How about one of the items from this Google search ???
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    Re: Second Hard Drive (XP Professional)

    DocWatson: Thanks for the Google search. It DID have some detailed instructions.

    StuartR: I downloaded TweakUI. Apparently using it to move MyDocuments doesn't really move anything. There must be some reason for this feature, but I can't see what it might be.
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