I found the config.php file, changed $CFG-->dataroot path to end with moodledata. I thought it worked because I could see an uploaded file with the file picker. Next I tried to log in to one of my moodle courses as a student. All of the files were missing and I just saw bright errors.
I backed up these courses in moodle 1.9 and restored them in 2.something. (have upgraded since). Even though I can't see these files in the file picker, they must have 'secretly' uploaded in the 'legacy' file system, right?
Is there another repository that I can enable and manage for future files that I need to upload and find in the file picker?
I am the sole teacher, techie, Admin, etc. I have approx. 30 courses functioning on this moodle system.
What I used to do is link to files in a password protected directory. It wasn't fond of that method though because students needed to enter a password for the CMS and also a password for the files....lots of passwords.
I want my course files to be password protected and I thought that the repository system was better than lots of passwords.