How do I move my data once from an old hard drive to a new one in Windows?

Allan M June 3, 2014
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I have just bought a new hard drive and I would like to move the My Documents, Music, Pictures etc onto the new drive. So far I have managed to move my My Documents folder by using a method shown on a forum, basically creating a new My Documents on the new drive and then going through adding the location to the library and moving the files to the new My Documents folder.

However this has left me with this: In the Library section I have 2 versions of My Documents listed under Documents, plus another version on the new drive. All these seem to be linked as when I delete a file in one it is deleted in the others.

I do not want to have 3 copies of My Documents, I want to have one My Documents resident on my new hard drive, and that is all.

How can I achieve this?

Thanks for any help given.

  1. Allan M
    June 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Thanks to all who replied, your answers all helped. Thanks

    • Hovsep A
      June 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

      any particular solution helped you and which one if you are willing to share it?

  2. Alan W
    June 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Create folders for Documents, Music, Pictures etc on your new hard drive and then copy the files over.
    Click the Start Orb then right click on the StartMenu shortcut for Documents and then select Properties.
    Add your folder location to the list and then if required, delete the original location FROM THE LIST not from your computer.
    Now when you click on Documents you should only see whats in the new folder you created. Do this for the other folders you created and that, if I understand you right, should solve your problem.

    June 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Hello, right click on the Documents folder and select send to, then select the new location.

    Or, you could select the My Documents folder, right click and select properties and click on the Move tab at the bottom....and then select the new location.

    There will always be two instances of Documents in Libraries after you moved the folder.

  4. guardone
    June 3, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Stop using the library facility which is confusing. Access the "my documents" and other folders through windows explorer via the c:drive and users /folders. rename them temporarily if necessary so you know which folder is on which actual hard disk. Copy and paste all of your data from the old drive to the new drive. Check the right click properties of each major folder to confirm you have all of your files, counted and sized in aggregate, before and after transfer so you know there are none missing. When all are transferred, you can remove the old drive from your system.

  5. Hovsep A
    June 3, 2014 at 7:39 am

    try to restore default location
    How to Restore the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8
    then try to move with caution

    How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

    How to Change the Default Location of a User Profile in Vista and Windows 7

    Special Folders Manager

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