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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 1809 – September 2018 Update change in D: drive accessibility in1809

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      • #1994422 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Somewhere along the update trail I now have intermittent accessibility to my D: (data) drive. This affects a number of apps. For example, I go to my “Pictures” folder on the D: drive and open a .jpg file in Photoshop. After tweaking it, I click “Save” or “Save As.” The source (D:) shows up in the “Save/Save As” window. Clicking on either choice, however,  gives me this message:

        D:\Users\(my name)\Pictures\ some filename.jpg
        File not found
        Check the file name and try again.

        Instead, I must save it to the C: drive. (I use C:\Users\(My Name)\Desktop\some filename.jpg.) Interestingly enough, the picture then does NOT show up on the desktop, as the PC is using the Desktop folder on the D: drive.

        As mentioned, this happens with several apps. It all started after an update, I think. Is a registry edit required here? Thanks for any and all help.

      • #1994810 Reply
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Is your D: drive powering down after X minutes? This may cause the issue.

        Why is your desktop on D?

        cheers, Paul

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      • #1994892 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        From the description, it sounds like the whole user folder got copied to the D: drive and now windows is confused.

        Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
        4 Win 10 Pro at 1909 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

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      • #2000646 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Hi, Paul–thanks for the response.  No, the D: drive does not power down intermittently. I put the working desktop on the D: drive because it is very large–several GB in size. My C: drive is a 256 GB  SSD, so I try to put as much as possible on my 1 TB D: drive. (I know the desktop file needs to be cleaned up.)

        Hi, CADesertRat–thanks for responding. You gave me some ideas, which I will follow up. If I figure it out, I will post the solution.

        • #2002123 Reply
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          256GB is plenty big enough for Windows – I fit W10 on my 120GB drive.

          Move all the standard Windows stuff back to C: and redirect things like Documents / Videos / Music to D:.

          cheers, Paul

      • #2000738 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        This may be more confusing than helpful. These are Window 7; Windows 10 may have differences?

        In Regedit, look at:
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

        I would opine that you will find that there is a difference in the definition(s) for Desktop from what you expect them to be.

        Caution: Second entry in Shell Folders is:
        !Do not use this registry key REG_SZ Use the SHGetFolderPath or SHGetKnownFolderPath function instead
        (Sorry, the formatting here is misleading.)

        Each user on the computer [ C:\Users\user-id ] has a discrete set of folder definitions.

        The corresponding definitions for [ C:\Users\Public and for C:\ProgramData ] are at:
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\rest same as both above

        General Caution: See also the environment variables displayed by {Command Prompt} SET. There could be interaction of some of these with the ‘User Shell Folders’ defined.

        See also ,
        and some hits from a Google Search for [ user shell folders ].

        Configuration suggestion: Consider moving your voluminous files from D:\Desktop
        to D:\someplace_else, perhaps D:\My Documents\something, or D:\My Pictures, etc., using folder nesting as needed. If your real Desktop actually is intended to reside on D:, you may want to put on the Desktop only shortcuts to the working files and folders, not the files/folders themselves.

        Edit: I just got around to looking at this thread; it is somewhat related.

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