User Data Folders Mixed Up

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Jan 16, 2015
I recently bought a new computer that has both a SSD and HDD. My intention was to have Windows boot from the SSD and then to keep files, downloads, programs, etc. on the larger HDD. The problem was that all of the User files were on SSD which was being treated as the Local Drive. I wanted those files to be stored on the HDD for downloads, images, documents, etc. Looked up how I could change this and I found this site: I thought great, I can just change the location of the user data folders. I tried selecting Properties then Location for the Users file in order to move everything at once, but Location was not a tab option. Then I tried the same thing with my named folder inside the User file but again no Location tab. Turns out that the Location tab is on the individual folders for Downloads, Documents, Pictures, etc. Started with the Download folder and changed the location to the HDD. It moved over there just fine and it seemed good. Then I tested to make sure that I could still access the folder from other locations like my named folder in Homegroup. While a Downloads folder was still displayed there it was not able to open it because it couldn't find it. At this point I got worried about the location of the folders getting crossed and decided to look into an alternative way to move everything over to the other hard drive. I went back to the Downloads folder, now residing in the HDD, and went to the Location tab again in Properties. I chose the location as Local Disc (C: )/Users/Jackson to place it back in the named user folder. When I did though for some reason it didn't go inside my folder but instead replaced it. Now when I go to Users instead of there being a user folder named Jackson, there is the Downloads folder. When I open the Downloads folder it still takes me to everything that was in my user folder (Documents, Pictures, Desktop, Favorites, etc), but it also displays all of the downloads that were in the Downloads folder. It's essentially combined my user file with my Downloads file. I can't move the Downloads folder because it doesn't have the Location tab anymore because it is being treated as my user file which didn't have that option either when I first started this. It won't let me create a file with my name in the User folder (it just disappears). It lets me make folders with other names though so I tried making a folder with a random name and then moving everything inside the Downloads folder into that to make it the new user folder and renaming it, but it won't let me copy and paste the contents of the Downloads folder. The Downloads folder is still being pointed to from other locations (like from the This PC section I can choose the Downloads folder and it takes me to it). Problem is it's still full of my other user files and not just downloads.I just want to reset my folders and folder locations to how they were originally instead of having folders serving dual purposes and crossing over.

I'm sorry about the wall of text. I could not figure out how to search for this problem online and I really need human help. Worst part is this is still on the SSD. But that will be a problem for later.
Dec 25, 2014
Hi Groningen,

Can you break down what you're trying to say? I don't understand what your problem is.


Sep 24, 2004
Indeed. Welcome, btw. Please excuse the lad's manners....;)

Ive not a clue what the issue is so lets clarify. WHAT are you attempting and WHAT is the error you receive?
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