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16-01-2017, 08:24 PM
Hi all
Would appreciate any assistance with this

Windows 8.1 HDD in two partitions C: and D:
Used the following procedure to move Documents folder from C: to D:
1. Created <username> folder on D:
2. Right click on Documents folder in C:
3. Select Location\Move
4. Created D:\<username>\Documents
5. Select destination folder as D:\<username>\Documents
6. OK

After a while all all files were copied (rather than moved) from C: to D:
It appears that the files are still in the C: Drive as well as in the D: Drive
Have we missed a step somewhere?
What we're trying to achieve is to free up space on C:
Is it safe to delete the originals in C:

Any advice or information would be very welcome.

17-01-2017, 10:09 AM
Is it safe to delete the originals in C:

Backup those originals to your USB backup drive, which of course you have , and of course you did a backup before any of this . :banana
So backup then delete them.
It shouldnt have copied, should have moved so something has gone wrong.

Best solution is a single partition (assuming just the 1 HD)

17-01-2017, 02:24 PM
I sync all my data to Google Drive. This way it is kept up to date, and in the event of a hard drive failure nothing is lost. It also means that I can access the data from any computer.
As for only having one partition it makes backups more time consuming, and any data will be obsolete by the time you have to restore it. You may also wish to change the OS.
I can swap my main computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in 20 minutes, and lose no data.

17-01-2017, 04:15 PM
As for only having one partition ....

multiple partitions are good IF the user is computer savvy

All too often the 2nd partition just sits there, empty & unused , & the C: gets full to the stage where the PC starts having issues
Just the fact this user now has to try & move stuff around to make room shows that multiple partitions just dont work for the average user

17-01-2017, 10:44 PM
Thanks for your helpful comments 1101 and mzee.
The person I'm helping had current backups, so no issue there.
Strange that the process worked perfectly for the Downloads, Music, Videos and Pictures folders but not Documents.
Anyway have resolved it temporarily for her by moving a considerable number of older, rarely used documents folders to the previously empty D: partition using drag and drop, freeing up space on C:
New machine to be purchased shortly ;)

18-01-2017, 07:45 AM
Best way is to open Windows Explorer, then select CUT, then PASTE.

That way Windows makes a note to itself.

Yes once you have moved them, you can delete the old ones. As you didn't do a cut....