How to change the Default Directory of your Documents in Windows 7

Description: Multiple hard drives are becoming commonplace in today’s PCs. To change the default save location to a different drive, follow these steps.

  1. Click the Start button, type C:\Users and then press Enter.
    Windows 7 Start, Search Box, Users
  2. Double click on the user name that is currently logged in.
    Windows Explorer, User Folder
  3. Right click on the My Documents folder and then left click on Properties.
    User Folder, My Documents
  4. Click on the Location tab and then click the Move button.
    User Folder Properties, Location Tab, Move
  5. Click on Computer on the left side of the window and then double click on the second hard drive. By default, the second hard drive is D:, though it may vary depending on the configuration. In this demonstration, it is E:
    Windows Explorer, Select New Destination
  6. Create a My Documents folder on the secondary drive. To create a new folder, click the New Folder button near the top of the window.
  7. When finished, click the Select Folder button at the bottom and then click Apply in the next window.
  8. There will be a prompt asking if the files should be moved to the new location, click Yes.
    New Location Confirmation
  9. After this process is completed, all the current data, as well as any future data, will be saved to the secondary drive.