How to Change Your Storage Save Locations in Windows 10
InformationIn Windows 10, you can change the storage drive location for where your documents, music, pictures, and videos are saved to by default in Quick access. You can use any internal, external, or removable drives as a storage save location.
The new storage save location you select for your documents, music, pictures, or videos will automatically be included to the same documents, music, pictures, or videos library as your default save location. This way, when you save items in the library, it will actually be saved to the selected storage location.
This tutorial will show you how to change the storage save locations of documents, music, pictures, and videos in Quick access for your account in Windows 10.
NoteIf you disconnect a drive that you set as the storage save location, then the storage save location will automatically revert to the default This PC until you reconnect the drive.
Items saved at one storage location do not automatically get moved to a new storage location when selected.
EXAMPLE: Quick access
1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.
2. Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Change where new content is saved link under More storage settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)
3. Select the drive to where you want your apps, documents, music, photos, movies and TV shows, and/or offline maps to be saved to by default, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)
NoteIf the storage locations are empty, then check to make sure that the Storage Service service is enabled and set to Start (running) and manual.
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4. A folder (ex: Brink) with the same name as your C:\Users\(user-name) user profile folder will now automatically be created on the selected save location (ex: Backup (G) ) if it doesn't already exist, then a subfolder (ex: Music) for your documents, music, pictures, or videos will be created inside the main folder (ex: Brink) if it doesn't already exist. This path (ex: "G:\Brink\Music") will be used as the new storage save location. (see screenshots below)
5. The folder (ex: "G:\Brink\Music") from step 4 will now automatically be included in the appropriate Documents, Music, Pictures, or Videos library (ex: Music library), and set as your default save location for the library. (see screenshots below)
6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.
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I find this setting very confusing. It does add a new folder to the library locations, but it doesn't seem to change the library root location (if you inspect the library in Windows Explorer it'll still show it, for instance, in C:\Users\<name>\<library>).
That way, under "This PC" you don't actually see the new location you've specified. You just see wherever the library folder is physically located on the device (probably on C drive). You have to specifically look in the "Libraries" category.
This requires way too much manual cleanup and setup to really be useful. What's the point if I have to just manually move all my files around and change my default library location after anyway? And why doesn't the default library path get updated to point to the new drive?