I'm trying to point the path to my Home directory to a folder located on another hard drive which is a ntfs partition where all my Windows documents are. I think this is the path to 'Documents':


So I modified the path in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs to:


After reboot it did not work; it was the same path as before. I tried to remove HOME like this:


Also it did not work!

Is it because during the boot process elementary OS cannot mount this particular partition, so the OS cannot find the path in user-dirs.dirs? Or where else could be an error? In Ubuntu I use 'ubuntu tweak' for that purpose.

gparted, user-dirs, path to ntfs documents

  • Non of these solutions work... – techlux Aug 18 '15 at 15:46
  • I have an idea what is wrong with my answer, I'm going to add some information tomorrow. – Rafael Aug 18 '15 at 20:13
  • hi, any solution for this purpose? thank you – techlux Sep 6 '15 at 7:01

After modifying ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs you have to run


for the changes to take effect. If this doesn't work for you, try

xdg-user-dirs-update --set DOCUMENTS /media/charles/4ACE6B6ACE6B4D6F/Users/Charles/Documents

to explicitly set the documents folder to your desired path.

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User dirs must be in your home directory. In your case, it is best to make a symbolic link.

  • Give default XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documenten" in the ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs;

  • Remove ~/Documenten folder, if it exists;

  • Create symlink with the following command:

    ln -s /media/charles/4ACE6B6ACE6B4D6F/Users/Charles/Documents ~/Documenten

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  • not necessarily – Rafael Aug 13 '15 at 20:54

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