Personal Files Folder

Windows 8 stores the personal files of each User like documents, pictures, music and videos etc. in a User Folder.  Each User Account has a separate folder and all these user folders are stored in c:\USERS.

There are 12 folders created for each user account.


One of the smartest things you can do with these folders is to relocate them to a different drive than the one that contains Windows and your Program Files folder (C:\).
The advantage? By separating system files from data, you make it easy to back up and restore each. Create an image-based backup of the system drive and back up data files using whatever method works best for you. If something happens to your system drive, you can restore the system image, and your data files remain unaffected. Similarly if you have to reformat your system drive all your Data is safe.  

  1. Press clip_image002 + E to open the File Explorer. Open Drive D: from This PC. Create a New Folder on D: drive and Rename it to User1Docs. Press clip_image002[4] + > to snap this folder to the right.
  2. Open the USER File folder on the Desktop by double clicking the User File Icon. Press clip_image002[4] + < to snap this folder to the left.


  3. Point to the window on the Left and press CTRL+A to select all User Folders. Point to any User Folder and keep the left mouse button pressed. Drag all User Folders to the right while keeping the SHIFT Key pressed. Drop all User Folders in the window on the right to move all User Folders to the New Location.

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  4. All references to the User Folders will be changed to point to the New Location.


  • You can choose your own name for your Data File Folder on the D: drive.
  • If you have multiple User Account choose a name to distinguish each User.  You will have to relocate each User’s Files separately by Logging in as each User.
  • If you have Show Hidden Files turned on in Folder Options, you will see 13th folder named AppData in the  User File Folder. You should not relocate this folder to D drive.


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