Prevent My Document folder from deletion

Hewlett-packard / S3300f
January 9, 2010 at 09:39:45
Specs: XP Home SP3, Compaq nx7000
Just wondering if there is a way to protect my "My Documents" folder from being deleted. The folder has about 70gb of photo's, music, etc, that I do not want to be accidently lost. My kids use this computer and I am afraid they might hit the delete button on it and it would be nice if somehow it could be protected so that if they would accidently press delete, a box would come up asking for a password or something. As we all know, 70gb is too big for the recycling bin, so it would be gone forever, which I know I could get some of it back with recovery software, but I don't want to even go through that hassle.

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January 9, 2010 at 10:06:15
Dunno but if you have enough room on the HDD you could make a folder called c:\my files (or whatever) and copy the contents of my documents into it. If there is no desktop icon they are unlikely to find it. You would obviously need to keep it updated.

some other bloke...

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January 9, 2010 at 10:16:42
How about doing the intelligent thing and backing those files up. What if the hard drive craps out instead of your kids messing with the files. There are many things that can go wrong.

You can mark all the files to be read only or you can use what Windows has provided for you and make a separate profile with log-in for each user. Then they wouldn't have access to the files. Still could throw a disk in and reformat the drive though, I suppose.

I hope you get the real point of my sarcasm?

You should always maintain at least TWO copies of any files you wish to keep. There are many method to accomplish that with pros and cons for each.

One thing is sure. If you don't have at least a second copy you will eventually lose the data.

Buy an external hard drive that already has backup software included and use it.

In the case of, irreplaceable at any cost, items like photos I recommend burning them to optical media DVDR is cheap if bought in bulk and is very safe. Plus once a disk is created it is really fast, cheap and easy to duplicate for even more safety.

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January 9, 2010 at 11:32:32
How about this alternative:

Right click desktop > Properties > Desktop tab > Customize Desktop tab > Untick My Documents.

You docs will be safe without the icon and you can invoke it again by reversing this procedure.

As per OtheHill, some form of backup would be very sensible too

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January 9, 2010 at 12:01:58
Don't have the kids using the same log-in. You can make a different log-in for each user of the computer. The help files in Windows can expain how to do that. You still need to backup stuff.

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January 9, 2010 at 13:13:43
I do have many external drives, and have a backup copy, but I don't back it up every time I add photos. Of course backing up is the intelligent, and obvious thing to do, but not practical for me to back up the back up that often.

I kinda of hate having multiple log-ons. But that was my back up plan if there was no other solution.

I just figured that Windows had something built in that I was missing, or someone had a third-part-app or TSR that could lock the directory.

Back in the 80's it was so easy to prevent our VHS and cassette tapes from being recorded over by breaking the tab and then putting some tape over the gap if you want to record over it. I guess I was wrong thinking that in 2010 there would be an easy way...

Oh well, thanks...

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January 9, 2010 at 13:30:35
The way you are using your computer you have to wade through all the crap your kids download and create.

As far as photos go I highly recommend burning them to CDR or DVDR. You will cry if you lose them. An external is not reliable enough IMO.

Even when using R media you can have multiple sessions on one disk. Any time you get a new batch of photos burn them. You can always organize them later.

Log-ins don't have to use a password. You could set your kids up without one and use one for yourself. You just get the log-in screen and click on the icon to proceed to Windows.

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January 9, 2010 at 13:35:42
....Further to #3. You could still have an ordinary shortcut to My Desktop which wouldn't matter if deleted.

some other bloke...

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January 10, 2010 at 03:25:17
Back up your files, or convert them to Hidden Files,
or better yet do both.

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