Somewhat related to my previous question.

So I ran out of space on my primary C drive (I'm using Windows 7), and choose to move all of "my documets" folder locatoin to d:\ drive, thought it would be free up 7GB of space that it was taking on C drive.

I ran windirstat before and after and it is exactly the same. Moving "My Documents" to D drive did not work. Am I missing anything.

Interesting if I try to move MyDocument location to default c:\ it throws error, not enough free space. What is wrong, is WinDirStat is reporting wrong but obviously I dont see any any free up space in my C drive after moving documents.

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  • Did you use the "Move" button, or did you just manually edit the path?
    – user1686
    Jul 18, 2018 at 8:24
  • go to my document location, click properties, location and edit path to d:, which prompted do you want to move these files and I said yes.
    – hk_
    Jul 18, 2018 at 8:25
  • manually 'edit' the path and click ok. I now tried the 'move' button too, same result.
    – hk_
    Jul 18, 2018 at 8:30
  • BUT there is no 'previous version' information in the folder. Out of frustration, I moved one folder (6.6GB) to "D:\my documents D" folder and even that did not have the affect 6.65GB folder - size
    – hk_
    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:23
  • Are you sure D isn't simply an "alias" for a directory or for a virtual volume? Check on diskmgmt.msc how your partitions are arranged
    – DDS
    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:39

2 Answers 2


I don't exactly know what happened

  • I first tried to changed location of 'my documents' folder by clicking properties->location and then 'edit locaton', change the path to D: While I did moved the files but size on drive c: did not change.

  • Then I manually moved one big folder which was 6.65GB to d: but even that did not change anything. I restarted by PC, no effect. It was the same.

  • I tried to change 'my documents' location to default but was not successful because there was simply no space


After this I gave it a break, after about 2 hours, I tried to change the location of 'my documents' folder and yes this time it moved back. I check the size of drive c: and yes it had 2.45GB free. At least some success.

Then I ran windirstat and it still showed those big folder 6.65GB on C drive which in fact I moved by hand to d drive. Since I already had a copy of it on D (I verified), I deleted it from C drive and now I have about 8 GB of free space which I needed to update visual studio.

Success but I don't know how? These are windows after all.


Another way to do this is to open Registry Editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\

  • Shell Folders
  • User Shell Folders

enter here the path you need


  • Desktop = D:\Users\MyUserName\Desktop
  • Personal = D:\Users\MyUserName\Documents

And after that manually move the files to the new location

  • Isn't that exactly what the settings in the Location tab do? Jul 19, 2018 at 20:32
  • yes, but this is the manual procedure, in case the other fails
    – Remus Rigo
    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:19

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