Spare Drive Guide ACU


The purpose of these article is to provide the advanced computer user (ACU) with the advance methodology to effectively manage data on a computer that has more than one drive other than the Drive C, e.g. Drive D or Drive E or Drive F, etc….

How

Before we proceed

  1. For the purpose’s of the examples below the spare drive letter is E.  However, your spare drive letter should be used inleiu of E, if different.
  2. Make a system restore point to reverse/undue accidental changes to the registry.

Step 1:  Create two master folder’s on the spare drive E as follows:

  • My Files
  • TrashFiles

  

Step 2:  Copy user folders with their files from the Drive C and paste them into the My Files as follows:

  • In the explorer address toolbar enter: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents
    • Right-click on My Documents and copy. 
    • Then paste folder in E:\My Files

 

  • In the address toolbar enter: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Pictures
    • Right-click My Pictures and copy. 
    • Then paste folder in E:\My Files

 

  • In the address toolbar enter: %USERPROFILE%\Favorites
    • Right-click Favorites and copy. 
    • Then paste folder in E:\My Files.
  • In the address bar

 

  • Note: Managing Trash Files and My Music occurs later.  For now proceed to Step 3.

Step 3:  Edit the registry to reflect the new locations.

  • Open the registry
  • Drill down to  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    • Double-click Personal and replace value with E:\My Files\My Documents
    • Then click OK
    • Double-click My Pictures and replace value with E:\My Files\My Pictures
    •  Then click OK
  • Double-click Favorites and repalce value with E:\My Files\Favorites
  •  Then click OK and Close registry editor.
  • Log off and log back in or Reboot for the changes to take affect in the registry.

Step 4: Create My Music registry key

  • Open the registry
  • Drill down to  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    • Right Click on User Shell Folders, select New, Expandable String Value click ok
    • Double click on My Music and enter value: E:\My Files\My Music
    • Then click OK.
  • Drill up to  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    • Double-click My Music and enter value E:\My Files\My Music
    • Then click ok and Close registry
    • Re-login or Reboot for changes to take affect in registry.

 

Step 5:  Moving the Internet Temp Folder

 

Step 6:  Move Trash Files

Step 7: Clean up 

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