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Rerouting the My Documents Folder

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  1. coachdan32

    coachdan32 Thread Starter

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    I am trying to find a way to change the location where files saved to the My Documents folder on one computer (smaller HD) to a network shared folder on another computer. My thought was to delete or hide the computer's My Documents folder and create a new My Documents folder on the network folder and place a shortcut to it on the the other computers desktop. I don't think you can delete My Documents though. So, is there a way to hide that folder? I also would like to change the default save for all Office products to that folder if possible. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
     
  2. Techmonkeys

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    hehehehe

    You tried right click on the My Documents folder on your desktop and choosing change location of my documents?
     
  3. coachdan32

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    I didn't realize that was there. That makes things easier. I wish there was a Browse button, because I am not sure how to write the path to a folder on another machine. I have seen it done before, but haven't in a while. Is like //computer2/My Documents?

    Also, how do I handle the files that are already in the folder? Do I have to manually move them or will they automatically move to the new location?
     
  4. StumpedTechy

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    This is a good KB article -

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310147

    with a network share its \\remotepc\sharename

    In the KB it says there is a box for it to move the items when you finish setting it up being redirected is it not there?
     
  5. Colossus610

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    There is a browse button, upon right clicking your "My Documents' folder, choose properties, and in the "MY Documents Properties" window, click on "move" , that should bring up a file browser/explorer window.
     
  6. coachdan32

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    Colossus,
    You are right. I didn't try it because I am at work and I know that option will be locked out. Thanks.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Do you really want to locate your My Documents folder on a network drive?
     
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    is this computer in a domain enviroment?
     
  9. coachdan32

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    Is there a better way to clear up disc space on the smaller drive? What are the best arguments not to? For now, it is just a shared folder - I haven't mapped a drive to it. These are two of my personal machines at home - sharing files and a workgroup.
     
  10. Techmonkeys

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    Keeping the My Documents on a remote machine is a good plan if you have a small HDD and the machine where you plan to store documents is going to be always on.

    There are no drawbacks to doing so, unless you have a poor network or the remote machine is broken and/or virus infected.

    We have 400 PC network here and all our My Documents are routed to a server.
     
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