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How do I properly return my documents folder to my C drive?

December 27, 2020 at 12:20:06
Specs: Windows 10
So I was downloading various mods to a folder on my C drive when I ran out of space and foolishly started deleting and moving folders around. I made a copy of my Documents folder and moved it over to another drive.

When I realised that this had messed some things up, I copied the docs folder back onto C but this didnt fix the issue and now I get an error message every time I try to open my documents.

Also when using the 'restore previous version' option, there are no previous versions available to select.

Any suggestions would be apprecited.

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December 27, 2020 at 14:52:37
Have you a backup of your documents (you ought to have)? What is the exact error message when you try to open your documents. Does the same thing happen on individual documents or is it when you open the main documents folder?

Might not be possible to restore lost documents but System Restore could fix overall issue.

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December 27, 2020 at 14:57:21
I'm not on windows-10 so I'm guesing a little (I'm on Mac OSX these days).

(1) As a test - create the new Documents folder where the original was, and then create a document to save/ put into the "new" Documents folder? If the test works OK then proceed as in step (2) below.

(2) Having created a new Documents folder where the original was. Copy (do NOT cut 'n paste) one of the documents in the original Documents folder you have saved elsewhere - and paste it into the "new" Documents folder created n step (1). If that works OK - copy (again do NOT cut 'n paste) the contents of the one you saved elsewhere into that folder?

I can't see an immediate reason for the above not to work. It's what I do on my Mac systems when I want to save (remove/duplicate) and then restore/relocate a folder and contents.

Why copy NOT cut 'n paste? Cut 'n paste might result in something going wrong and you lose the files in the process. Copying ensures the originals are still there if needs-be... On Mac systems the default is always to copy...; I haven't found a cut option (yet); and thus one is reasonably sure the files are still around if even the copy process should go awry/wrong...

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December 27, 2020 at 18:22:15
Where did you put it on the C-drive? Documents should be in C:\Users\your username

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December 28, 2020 at 08:19:30
Good point by riider. The same location (usually) applies to Mac systems too (although there's nothing to prevent it going elsewhere, to relocating it).

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December 28, 2020 at 12:49:50
This might help:

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