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Duplicate Drive Shown in Windows Explorer when "Save As" is Selected


Peter II

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Hey Guys, when I use the "Save As" option from certain programs (I've noticed that it's mostly with MS products), a duplicate folder appears mirroring my user folder in Windows Explorer. I should add that I've made my "A" Drive my user folder and wonder if that's why I'm getting this. Any help in preventing the "A:/" drive from appearing when I use the "Save As" option would be super-appreciated. This has been driving me nuts for years. Thanks!
 

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Hello Peter, :)

Sorry for the late reply. I had to think about this one.

It does appear that since you somehow duplicated your user folder as the A drive.

Are you able to restore your user folder back to its default C location?
 

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Peter II

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Hey Shawn, thanks for getting back to me. I am able to restore it to its default location on the C: drive but would like to have the whole A drive as my user folder (I think I want that). Perhaps I should ask that question. I've partitioned my HD into a system and personal drive. In having one exclusively for private use, isn't it best to assign the user folder to the whole drive? That way, all my personal files are under the same umbrella. Or is that flawed thinking?

Also, I should clarify that the duplicate drive appears only when I use the "Save As" feature and only on certain non Microsoft products (Earlier I mistakenly said it happened with MS products like Outlook, but that isn't that case).

As always, thanks again for your valuable input.
 

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You might see if restoring your user profile folder back to the default first, and then moving it to a folder with the same name instead of to the root of the drive. This way the folder won't show as the drive letter if that's the case.

Usually the "A" and "B" driver letters are reserved for a floppy disk. You might use a different drive letter.

You might also look at the tutorial below to see if that method to move the "Users" folder may work better for this.

:arrow: Move Users Folder Location in Windows 10
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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