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Changing the Location of the iFolder Sync Folder

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By Joe Harmon

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Posted: 5 Jun 2002
 

Version: Novell iFolder 1.0

Occasionally a user will need to change the location of the iFolder Sync Folder. Sometimes it's a size issue. If their hard drive is partitioned and the default drive (C:) does not have sufficient space, they'll need to make a change. They may just want to shorten the path to the sync folder on a Windows 2000 machine for more convenient usage. And other times, they'll just prefer a more unique name than "My Documents."

When the iFolder client is installed it looks in the registry for the location of the "My Documents" folder. It then creates its structure under that location.

Windows 98 location: C:\My Documents\iFolder\userID\Home
Windows 2000 location: C:\Documents and Settings\userID\My Documents\iFolder\userID\Home

Any files placed in the ..\Home folder are then synced to the iFolder server. By moving the location of the "My Documents" folder you can move the location of the ..\Home folder. However, it must always be below the "My Documents" location.

Sometimes users try to point the "My Documents" folder to the iFolder ..\Home folder so that applications (like MS Office) will look at the iFolder data by default. "My Documents" = C:\My Documents\iFolder\userID\Home. Unfortunately, this will only work until the workstation gets rebooted. When iFolder starts again it will look at the location of "My Documents" and think that it needs to recreate its structure again. Now the sync folder will point to: C:\My Documents\iFolder\userID\home\iFolder\userID\home.

To successfully move the location of "My Documents" follow the steps below:

Windows 98

  1. Right-click on the iFolder trayapp icon near the clock and select Exit.
  2. Answer YES to the "Are you sure?" prompt.
  3. Next right-click on the "My Documents" folder on the desktop and select Properties. The Target field should read "C:\My Documents"
  4. Change the target location to point to new location (e.g. D:\My Documents)
  5. Click OK.

Now if you Double-click on the "My Documents" folder on the desktop it will take you to the new location. At this point there should be no files in this folder.

You will need to manually move the files from the old "My Documents" location to the new one. One way to do this is:

  1. Using the My Computer icon browse to the C:\My Documents location.
  2. From the menu select Edit, Select All
  3. Then from the menu select Edit, Cut
  4. Now browse to the new location D:\My Documents
  5. From the menu select Edit, Paste

All of your files should now be in the new My Documents folder

  1. Restart iFolder by going to Start, Programs, Startup, Novell iFolder
  2. Login to iFolder
  3. Verify it has picked up the new location by Right-clicking on the iFolder trayapp icon near the clock and select Account Information
  4. Look at the iFolder field under the Account Information tab. It should show the new location of the "My Documents" folder.

Windows 2000

  1. Right-click on the iFolder trayapp icon near the clock and select Exit.
  2. Answer YES to the "Are you sure?" prompt.
  3. Next right-click on the "My Documents" folder on the desktop and select Properties.
  4. The Target field should read "C:\Documents and Settings\userID\My Documents".
  5. Click the Move button
  6. Browse to the D: drive and click the New Folder button
  7. Type the new folder name "My Documents" and press ENTER.
  8. Now press the OK button
  9. You should be back at the My Documents Properties dialog box. Click on the OK button.
  10. You will be prompted to move all of your documents from the old location to the new location, Click YES.
  11. Restart iFolder by going to Start, Programs, Startup, Novell iFolder
  12. Login to iFolder
  13. Verify it has picked up the new location by Right-clicking on the iFolder trayapp icon near the clock and select Account Information.
  14. Look at the iFolder field under the Account Information tab. It should show the new location of the "My Documents" folder.


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