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How to move My Documents, Desktop, swap file, etc. to 2nd hard dr

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Abraham, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Abraham

    Abraham Flightless Bird

    My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap file, etc.
    on my second hard drive separate from the hard drive running Windows XP. How
    do I do this?
     
  2. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    Re: How to move My Documents, Desktop, swap file, etc. to 2nd hard dr

    On Jun 25, 4:19 am, Abraham <Abra...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap file, etc.
    > on my second hard drive separate from the hard drive running Windows XP. How
    > do I do this?


    If it does not compromise any personal information, can you describe
    what you are trying to accomplish by doing this?

    You will get better ideas if we know what you are trying to do and
    why. Maybe somebody has already done this and knows how or another/
    better way to do it

    Are you trying to solve some issue, thinking to achieve some stability
    and performance or you just think things would somehow be better that
    way and why do you think that way?

    What does a desktop arrangement and etc. mean to you?

    Sufficiently enchanted, anything is possible.
     
  3. Db

    Db Flightless Bird

    depending on the system
    you may ascertain an
    improvement in performance
    with the use of a second disk
    drive, especially if it is faster
    and has more space than
    the main disk drive.

    further, it has always been
    my opinion and experience
    to have my docs on a separate
    disk,

    just in case the main hard
    drive needs to be reformatted
    for some reason.

    so you can move "my docs"
    by right clicking on it and
    accessing its properties
    page.

    the default location can
    be change there and it
    will move the entire
    folder to the new location.

    you can also move the
    swap file, aka page file,
    virtual memory to the
    new drive and see if
    you notice some
    improvement.

    you can google for
    the above for directions
    on moving the swap file.

    however, keep in mind
    that freeing up disk space
    on the main drive may not
    be sufficient, that is if you
    are experiencing some
    form of sluggishness.

    but in any case I think you
    are on the right track with
    seeing if freeing disk space
    is all that is needed for your
    system.

    incidentally, I would leave
    favorites alone but try to
    relocate the ie temp file
    over to the new location
    and maybe tweak the
    size to be around 100 megs.

    too much or too little space
    does affect the browser/ing.

    and leave the desktop
    alone.
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    db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>

    DatabaseBen, Retired Professional

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    "Abraham" <Abraham@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:FACC29FB-57FF-4D0E-873F-CFB342D50FF8@microsoft.com...
    > My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap file,
    > etc.
    > on my second hard drive separate from the hard drive running Windows XP.
    > How
    > do I do this?
     
  4. John Wunderlich

    John Wunderlich Flightless Bird

    =?Utf-8?B?QWJyYWhhbQ==?= <Abraham@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
    in news:FACC29FB-57FF-4D0E-873F-CFB342D50FF8@microsoft.com:

    > My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap
    > file, etc. on my second hard drive separate from the hard drive
    > running Windows XP. How do I do this?


    "How to move the paging file in Windows XP"
    <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307886>

    HTH,
    John
     
  5. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Re: How to move My Documents, Desktop, swap file, etc. to 2nd hard dr

    Jose <jose_ease@yahoo.com> écrivait
    news:bfc3042c-c1c4-42bf-8a54-457fd3d8dff4@t10g2000yqg.googlegroups.com:

    > On Jun 25, 4:19 am, Abraham <Abra...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >> My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap
    >> file, e

    > tc.
    >> on my second hard drive separate from the hard drive running Windows
    >> XP.

    > How
    >> do I do this?

    >
    > If it does not compromise any personal information, can you describe
    > what you are trying to accomplish by doing this?
    >
    > You will get better ideas if we know what you are trying to do and
    > why. Maybe somebody has already done this and knows how or another/
    > better way to do it
    >
    > Are you trying to solve some issue, thinking to achieve some stability
    > and performance or you just think things would somehow be better that
    > way and why do you think that way?
    >
    > What does a desktop arrangement and etc. mean to you?
    >
    > Sufficiently enchanted, anything is possible.


    Don't you think that the OP idea to have his documents on a second hard
    drive is a good idea?

    As for the other items mentionned, I agree with you: why?

    A COPY of the Favorites on the second drive is OK though, I guess.
     
  6. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    Re: How to move My Documents, Desktop, swap file, etc. to 2nd hard dr

    On Jun 28, 5:33 pm, Doum <m...@domain.net> wrote:
    > Jose <jose_e...@yahoo.com> crivaitnews:bfc3042c-c1c4-42bf-8a54-457fd3d8dff4@t10g2000yqg.googlegroups.com:
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Jun 25, 4:19 am, Abraham <Abra...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >> My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap
    > >> file, e

    > > tc.
    > >> on my second hard drive separate from the hard drive running Windows
    > >> XP.

    > > How
    > >> do I do this?

    >
    > > If it does not compromise any personal information, can you describe
    > > what you are trying to accomplish by doing this?

    >
    > > You will get better ideas if we know what you are trying to do and
    > > why.  Maybe somebody has already done this and knows how or another/
    > > better way to do it

    >
    > > Are you trying to solve some issue, thinking to achieve some stability
    > > and performance or you just think things would somehow be better that
    > > way and why do you think that way?

    >
    > > What does a desktop arrangement and etc. mean to you?

    >
    > > Sufficiently enchanted, anything is possible.

    >
    > Don't you think that the OP idea to have his documents on a second hard
    > drive is a good idea?
    >
    > As for the other items mentionned, I agree with you: why?
    >
    > A COPY of the Favorites on the second drive is OK though, I guess.


    The OP did not say anything about documents. The OP said:

    "My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap
    file, etc.on my second hard drive"

    Unless my files = my documents (or My Documents)...

    I just wanted to know what the OP was trying to accomplish and the
    environment - two separate HDD, one HDD with two partitions, is it for
    safety, organization, performance, just in case my my HDD crashes,
    security, portability...

    For example, if I was thinking about how to improve performance and
    was thinking about moving my paging file to do it (or somebody told me
    it will "help"), I might consider using a faster RPM HDD than my XP
    installation, (what the OP has in unknown) create a small partition
    just for the paging file on the faster drive (maybe 4G8) and format
    that small paging file partition FAT32 instead of NTFS. A small FAT32
    partition is the best for a paging file if you don't mind not having
    the NTFS security on a binary paging file that only a forensic
    computer expert could decipher on an extraordinary day. I can
    probably make your paging a lot faster.

    I don't want to ascertain some potential performance improvement. I
    don't want to "might see if I notice some improvement" - I want to
    measure it before and after and see the performance improvement (or
    not).

    Sometimes these kinds of questions are because the OP thinks, knows or
    has heard about some things to increase performance or is having some
    other kind of problem that is better addressed some other way. First
    you have to define the problem then you can come up with a good
    solution.
     
  7. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Re: How to move My Documents, Desktop, swap file, etc. to 2nd hard dr

    Jose <jose_ease@yahoo.com> écrivait
    news:455f0074-1baa-4245-ac94-d691cb53ffc1@u7g2000yqm.googlegroups.com:

    <snip>

    >>
    >> Don't you think that the OP idea to have his documents on a second
    >> hard drive is a good idea?
    >>
    >> As for the other items mentionned, I agree with you: why?
    >>
    >> A COPY of the Favorites on the second drive is OK though, I guess.

    >
    > The OP did not say anything about documents. The OP said:
    >
    > "My goal is to have my files, favorites, desktop arrangement, swap
    > file, etc.on my second hard drive"
    >
    > Unless my files = my documents (or My Documents)...
    >

    <snip>

    I agree with your other points but I just want to mention that the title of
    his post is:

    "How to move My Documents, Desktop, swap file, etc. to 2nd hard dr"
     

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