Can you delete/recreate My Docs in WinXP?

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    Stro Registered Member

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    Can you delete and manually recreate the My Docs folder (in Windows XP) and its subfolders? Or will this totally mess up your operating system world?

    I partitioned my hard drive into C: and D: partitions. I then used the Windows XP commands to move My Docs, along with all its subfolders and data, into the D: partition. I have been imaging both C: and D: using BootIt NG with no problems until last weekend when BootIt reported a problem reading the D: partition (consistently at each image attempt). Running both CHKDSK and Norton Disk Doctor on D: did not resolve the problem.

    Someone on the TeraByte Unlimited support forum suggested I delete the D: partition and recreate it on the assumption that the partition is corrupt instead of the hard drive being defective.

    So my question is, can I delete My Docs and its subfolders from D: (after copying all data to my big external hard drive) and manually recreate them? Or will this action somehow break a link between My Docs and the rest of Windows XP and totally mess things up?

    I appreciate advice from Wilders folks who know whereof they speak!

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    Stro
     
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    I've done this and there is a way to do it correctly. I will have to do a little bit of research.

    My configuration at home is the same way. My Documents, and Program Files are on the D:. They were all originally on the C: until I added a second drive. I moved everything without reinstalling. Problem is, I did it A LONG time ago.

    Stay tuned.
     
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    Thank you Close Hauled for the reply.

    I already am aware of the information in the link you provided. I have a thick Microsoft Windows XP Inside/Out manual which told me how to move My Docs (& subfolders & data) from its default location, and how to move it back.

    The issue is this: What if the size of all the photos, spreadsheets, etc that I have in D: exceeds the space allocated to C:? In that case, you could not perform a simple "restore My Docs to its default location."

    Thinking about it, there may be several solutions. One might be to copy all D: data to the external HD, delete the data from D:, then once D: is empty of data restore My Docs to its default C: location, then delete and rebuild the D: partition, move My Docs back to D:, then copy all the data from the external HD back into D:.

    I was just wondering what would happen if you deleted My Docs and manually re-entered the My Docs folder and its subfolder.

    Stro
     
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    Do you have XP Home, or Pro?
     
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    I have XP Home on the PC with the D: partition read problem. But I do have a XP Pro in the house as well.
     
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    Sounds like you have some juggling to do.

    Here is how I would do it (only because I have the resources):

    I would use Norton Ghost (or Acronis True Image) to duplicate the partitions onto two separate drives. Or I would create images of both partitions onto CD or DVD-ROMs with Ghost. Then dump the images onto their respective drives.

    I am certain that their are other ways of doing this with Norton PartitionMagic or something.

    I hope I am on the same wavelength now. It took me a while to understand what you were trying to do.
     
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