[SOLVED] How to use Windows Downloads folder

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[SOLVED] How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Hey I have dual booted windows 10 and Linux mint
So is there a way I can use Windows Downloads/Documents as my default Downloads folder In Mint. What I mean is Can I Merge it or move it so that when i click the Downloads folder in Mint it actually shows all the files that is in the downloads folder of Windows rather than Mint it self. And if possible Using Shortcuts would be the last thing I would like to do in case what I need does not work

Oh and btw I have actually moved my Downloads folder in windows from C Drive to D drive
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Knight King wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 12:40 pm
And if possible Using Shortcuts would be the last thing I would like to do in case what I need does not work
?? You mean like this?

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rmdir ~/Downloads
ln -s /path/to/windows/download/directory ~/Downloads
If ~/Downloads is not empty, the rmdir will complain.
You can get /path/to/windows/download/directory from your file browser's location.
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Oh and btw I have actually moved my Downloads folder in windows from C Drive to D drive
You need to learn a little about linux filesystems, there are no C:, D:, etc. drives (which aren't drives anyway, they are partitions which may or may not be on the same drive):
https://www.linux.com/training-tutorial ... explained/

In linux the top of the filesystem is /, and everything gets mounted somewhere under it.

Mint will mount your win partitions normally in /media/you. If you added labels to the partitions, e.g. mylabel, it will mount using the label, /media/you/mylabel. If not it will use the UUID, /media/you/f049c973-29d4-4c2d-8b4f-82ce86b81c29 = not user friendly. If you haven't, suggest you add labels. You can use the disks program to do this.

Just point your browser at the location of your downloads folder in the relevant win partition.
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Knight King wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 12:40 pm


Oh and btw I have actually moved my Downloads folder in windows from C Drive to D drive


Are those two separate physical drives or are they just two different partitions?
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Knight King wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 12:40 pm
Hey I have dual booted windows 10 and Linux mint
So is there a way I can use Windows Downloads/Documents as my default Downloads folder In Mint. What I mean is Can I Merge it or move it so that when i click the Downloads folder in Mint it actually shows all the files that is in the downloads folder of Windows rather than Mint it self. And if possible Using Shortcuts would be the last thing I would like to do in case what I need does not work

Oh and btw I have actually moved my Downloads folder in windows from C Drive to D drive
Hi. First off--Welcome to the Mint Forums. We are all glad to have you join in here.
I do pretty much what you wanting but without the linkages. Several osen can share the same remote directories.
My /home/me is there, but not used as a file storage. I retain it for the purposes of the hidden configuration files--period.
All files from Mint are directed to another hdd--Videos, Music, Documents, etc directories are on a different internal hdd
and all saved and downloaded files are directed there. My /home/me/ remains empty

In your browser settings direct your downloads to your preferred destination. Same with other sources such as video editors,
youtube-dl, and other apps that allow selection of output directory
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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I am not sure if you guys understood what I meant.

But what i need is Can i Link Downloads or Documents folder to Another common Partion( Common drive for Windows and Mint so that i can access the Folder from both Operating system rather than have 2 different Folder for each OS and Move around files)

I will leave a link to a video Of what i had done (its not my video its just for reference) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xtxT6-jcrc
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Rocky Bennett wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 6:40 pm
Knight King wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 12:40 pm


Oh and btw I have actually moved my Downloads folder in windows from C Drive to D drive


Are those two separate physical drives or are they just two different partitions?
They are 2 Different Partitions
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Linking I am not sure about but as Andy has stated you are more than likely using a browser to get the downloads. In these browsers you can designate where to download the download content to. Just set it to what you want to do. If this isn't what you are wanting you may have to reword your question for it isn't real clear.
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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Knight King wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 2:32 am
I am not sure if you guys understood what I meant.
But what i need is Can i Link Downloads or Documents folder to Another common Partion( Common drive for Windows and Mint so that i can access the Folder from both Operating system rather than have 2 different Folder for each OS and Move around files)
Flemur gave you the answer to that in his post - make symlinks if you want to use the default Downloads and Documents folders.

Back when I used win I always had a D:, C: only had installed programs, saved all my data on D:. When I started with mint dual booting I mounted D: as /home/andy/data so it was easy to share files between the two OSes. I had a downloads folder in /home/andy/data and that's where I put all my downloads.
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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AndyMH wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 5:08 am
Knight King wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 2:32 am
I am not sure if you guys understood what I meant.
But what i need is Can i Link Downloads or Documents folder to Another common Partion( Common drive for Windows and Mint so that i can access the Folder from both Operating system rather than have 2 different Folder for each OS and Move around files)
Flemur gave you the answer to that in his post - make symlinks if you want to use the default Downloads and Documents folders.
Mind sharing the Thread or video link??
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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viewtopic.php?p=2015260#p2015260
Which is delete the existing Downloads folder in mint and then create a symlink (that's what the ln -s command is) pointing at your windows download folder.
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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AndyMH wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 5:58 am
viewtopic.php?p=2015260#p2015260
Which is delete the existing Downloads folder in mint and then create a symlink (that's what the ln -s command is) pointing at your windows download folder.
I am not sure if i did something wrong but This is what i get after Doing the Symlink process
https://imgur.com/a/bMCjl80

ln -s /media/Others/Documents ~/Documents
This is the command i tried correct me if i did it wrong
and the partition where the folder is located is Mounted too

The partition which is marked in red is the partition i am trying to get my downloads folder from
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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I suspect it should have been ln -s /media/you/Others/Documents ~/Documents.

Replace you with your username. Mint will automount partitions it finds in /media/you, not in /media. This assumes that you have labelled your ntfs partition that contains the Documents folder as Others. If unsure you have the label correct, post the output from blkid. An example:

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andy@T432 ~ $ blkid
/dev/sda1: LABEL="System Reserved" UUID="704E9D424E9D0250" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="74418ee4-01"
/dev/sda2: UUID="D45CA8005CA7DB8C" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="74418ee4-02"
/dev/sda3: UUID="ddc976e3-bc24-4b8d-9151-a72c9013d3e8" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="74418ee4-03"
/dev/sda5: UUID="88fd75f0-8f7a-4686-afda-629ced8d982b" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="74418ee4-05"
/dev/sda6: UUID="8a2a0bf9-f6e6-49ee-9eaa-c66a2ccd5cbf" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="74418ee4-06"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="f7efd94d-07f6-4147-806c-922dbbbfc79b" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="720032f0-01"
/dev/sdb2: LABEL="ultrabay" UUID="fb689910-e942-46e1-b03d-e7032e0e36bb" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="720032f0-02"
/dev/sdc1: UUID="a05ac957-7487-41bb-a314-8ae1a43ef797" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="e2b205fe-01"
/dev/sdc2: UUID="95cc8b9f-d95d-4bbb-918e-56f36856b1b6" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="e2b205fe-02"
/dev/sdc3: UUID="f049c973-29d4-4c2d-8b4f-82ce86b81c29" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="e2b205fe-03"
You can, from the above, see that I have an ext4 partition with the label of ultrabay. You should see an ntfs partition with a label of Others.

To make output more readable to others post the output between code markers - this is the </> button above the reply window.
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Re: How to use Windows Downloads folder

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AndyMH wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 7:43 am
I suspect it should have been ln -s /media/you/Others/Documents ~/Documents.

Replace you with your username. Mint will automount partitions it finds in /media/you, not in /media. This assumes that you have labelled your ntfs partition that contains the Documents folder as Others. If unsure you have the label correct, post the output from blkid. An example:

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andy@T432 ~ $ blkid
/dev/sda1: LABEL="System Reserved" UUID="704E9D424E9D0250" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="74418ee4-01"
/dev/sda2: UUID="D45CA8005CA7DB8C" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="74418ee4-02"
/dev/sda3: UUID="ddc976e3-bc24-4b8d-9151-a72c9013d3e8" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="74418ee4-03"
/dev/sda5: UUID="88fd75f0-8f7a-4686-afda-629ced8d982b" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="74418ee4-05"
/dev/sda6: UUID="8a2a0bf9-f6e6-49ee-9eaa-c66a2ccd5cbf" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="74418ee4-06"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="f7efd94d-07f6-4147-806c-922dbbbfc79b" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="720032f0-01"
/dev/sdb2: LABEL="ultrabay" UUID="fb689910-e942-46e1-b03d-e7032e0e36bb" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="720032f0-02"
/dev/sdc1: UUID="a05ac957-7487-41bb-a314-8ae1a43ef797" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="e2b205fe-01"
/dev/sdc2: UUID="95cc8b9f-d95d-4bbb-918e-56f36856b1b6" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="e2b205fe-02"
/dev/sdc3: UUID="f049c973-29d4-4c2d-8b4f-82ce86b81c29" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="e2b205fe-03"
You can, from the above, see that I have an ext4 partition with the label of ultrabay. You should see an ntfs partition with a label of Others.

To make output more readable to others post the output between code markers - this is the </> button above the reply window.
Oh ye I retried the command with my username that is ln -s /media/knight/Others/Downloads ~/ And then It works fine :)

Thanks for Everyone who Helped me

and is there something i may have to do to the Topic? like close it or Mark it solved or something?? if yes how do i do it??
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