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The purpose of this page is to demonstrate how to back up your Windows personal folders by changing their default directories from the library user folder in the C drive to another drive of your choice. This is a simple and efficient method that has been available in Windows since Vista. And it safeguards your personal data from any crashes or undesirable changes that can happen to your system drive. For more on this topic, refer to our System Backup page. To back up your Windows personal folders using this method, you may follow the following steps:
1- Click the Windows start button (Note that if you do not have one already installed with your Windows 8 or 10, you can get a free utility, which works well: Classic Shell.
2- Click your account user's name and you should open a window like this:



























This is your Windows personal folders library and the marks in red should display the user name.
3- Right click the personal folder for which you want to change the default location and click its properties (for example we are using the "My Documents" folder.
4- In the open properties window, click on the location tab atop.
5- Click the "Move..." tab.
6- Browse to where you want the new location of your "My Documents" folder to be, in a different drive other than your system drive C. In the following instance, we have ours in drive E:


















7- Click "Apply" and then "OK" to any prompts. And you're done.
Repeat these steps for your other personal folders.

Folder Management:
Good folder management also means great time management. To achieve that successfully you need to keep your personal folders on your Data Backup drive concise, categorized and organized. This will make finding your files a breeze. The following is a suggestion of folder names and their corresponding contents (note that the names in red italics are part of the Windows user library folders, the backup of which is described above:)
My Documents = your documents as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PDF, Text, etc.
My Pictures = your picture memories as jpg, png, tif, gif, etc. You can categorize your subfolders here by date or by name. The former may be easier and more efficient, as most graphics software will, by default, recognize and view your pictures by date. Your camera should normally do the same. Thus, you will not have to go through the hassle of all the renaming and moving of pictures.
My Music = your music files as mp3, wma, etc. You may organize your subfolders here by genre such as rock, pop, alternative, etc. Media Monkey Gold, for instance, has a setting feature that allows it to do so automatically. And for this to work properly you need to edit the tags of your songs per how you want them categorized.
My Videos = your videos in the myriad formats out there: avi, mpg, flv, mkv, mp4, etc. The latter may be your best backup choice because it combines quality with size efficiency. In this regard, you may have to consider a couple of good video converters to meet your desired format; in our Programs page, we suggest our top three favorites.
Favorites = this is the location where you Internet Explorer bookmarks are stored. Once you change their default location to your data backup drive, following the above-explained method, you should not have to worry about them as much for being lost or changed.
Downloads = this is the default location of files you download from the internet using IE. And both Firefox and Chrome offer, in their settings, the option to assign this location as the default for internet downloads.
Software  
Software = depending on the number of software install programs and their backed-up settings that you may keep in your data drive, we suggest you organize these folders by category such as: Graphics, Media, Security, Microsoft, Utilities, etc. The emphasis here is on making the effort to use software options, whenever possible, to back up its settings. It may be easier to retrieve an installation program if it has been lost but much harder to reconfigure your much-coveted settings manually all over again, and that is if you remember the how-to of them all. And by the way, do you ever write these settings down? Have you ever spent days trying to figure out a software headache? And if you do but you don't jot it down and you do not have the settings backed up, can you, a few months later, remember that little zany tweak deep in the registry?
In this folder, you can have a subfolder called: Portable. Here you can store those stand-alone programs that you prefer not to have in your Windows programs installation folder.
Hardware = this is not much different from you would handle you Software folder, only you will be focusing on your hardware drivers, your bios settings. And the folder names can easily be the hardware company names: Asus, NVidia, AMD, Intel, etc.
My Backups = this folder could be reserved for your System Backup images, which should be more than one and from different dates but can take up much space on your data drive.
My Data = in this folder you can have folders like Firefox Profile, Chrome Profile and Microsoft Outlook. In these liked pages APW covers how to backup these folders to this directory automatically.
Graphics = here you can have folders like Icons, Cursors, Themes, Images, etc.
All the above folders are examples of how you may arrange and backup up your personal data. And of course, the creating and naming of folders is arbitrary.

Folder Tips:
The following is list of some useful folder tips and tricks:
1- God Mode:
Do you want to have a folder that contains shortcuts to almost all windows tweaks? If you do then put "God Mode" folder on your desktop. To do so, create a new folder on your desktop and rename it this: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
2- Open Command Prompt from a folder:
While holding the shift key, right click your selected folder and select "Open command window here."
3- Change a Folder's Background:
Right click the folder, choose its properties, and select the "Customize" tab and then the "Chose File" tab.
4- Change a Folder's Icon:
Right click the folder, choose its properties, and select the "Customize" tab and then the "Change Icon" tab.
5- Share a Folder on your Home Network:
Right click the folder, choose its properties, and select the "Sharing" tab and then the "Advanced Sharing" tab.
6- Take Ownership of a Folder:
Choose the folder's properties and select the "Security" tab and then the "Advanced" tab. In front of "Owner," click the word "Change."
7- Hide a Folder:
Choose the folder's properties and check the hidden box. This hides the folder granted your explorer's folder options are set to not show hidden folders.
8- Show or Hide Hidden and System Folders:
Open Windows Explorer and look for "Folder Options."
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