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    How to Change the Location of your OneDrive Folder in Windows 10
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    13 Feb 2020
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    How to Change the Location of your OneDrive Folder in Windows 10


    OneDrive is a free online storage service that comes bundled with Windows 10. You can use OneDrive with your Microsoft account to save your files there and you'll be able to get to them from any PC, tablet, or phone.

    Windows 10 syncs your OneDrive online with the OneDrive folder on your PC.

    By default, Windows stores your OneDrive folder in your account's %UserProfile% folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink").

    You can change where files in this OneDrive folder are stored to another place on the hard drive or another drive.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the default location of your OneDrive folder to where you want in Windows 10.



    Here's How:

    1 Right click or press and hold on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar notification area, click/tap on the menu (3 dots) button, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    If OneDrive is currently not running to show this icon, then run: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-onedrive_settings.jpg

    2 Click/tap on the Account tab, and click/tap on the Unlink this PC link under OneDrive. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-unlink_onedrive-2.png

    3 Click/tap on Unlink account to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-unlink_onedrive-3.png

    4 OneDrive will now be unlinked from this PC and stop syncing files to your account in Windows 10. Leave this Set up OneDrive window open for now. You will need to return to it later at step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-1-6.png

    5 Open the location (ex: "%UserProfile%") of where your OneDrive folder is in File Explorer, click/tap on the Home tab, and click/tap on the Move to button in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-2.png

    6 Click/tap on Choose location in the drop down. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-3.png

    7 Browse to and select the location (ex: "E:" drive) where you want to move your OneDrive folder, and click/tap on Move. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-4.png

    8 The OneDrive folder and all of its contents will now start moving to the new location (ex: "E:" drive). (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-5.png

    9 When it has finished moving, return to the Set up OneDrive window from step 4 above, enter the email address for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-1-6.png

    10 Enter the password for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-2.png

    11 If you have turned on two-step verification for your Microsoft account, select how (ex: text) you want to receive your code, fill out any other required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-3.png

    A) Enter the code you received from Microsoft, and click/tap on Submit. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-4.png

    12 Click/tap on the Change location link. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-10.png

    13 Browse to the location (ex: "E:" drive) where you moved your OneDrive folder from step 7 above, select the OneDrive folder, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-11.png

    14 Click/tap on Use this location. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-12.png

    15 Verify that the new location (ex: "E:\OneDrive") is correct, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-13.png

    16 When finished, looking through the Welcome to OneDrive guide, you can close the Microsoft OneDrive setup window. (see screenshots below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-8.png Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-9.png
    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-10.png Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-11.png
    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-12.png Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-set_up_onedrive-13.png

    17 Your OneDrive folder is now at the new location (ex: "E:\OneDrive" ) syncing the folders you had chosen in step 16 above. (see screenshots below)

    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-move_onedrive_folder_location-16.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. LEOPEVA64's Avatar
    Posts : 1,875
    WINDOWS 10 Pro x64 builds 19546,18363.592
       #1

    After doing this procedure, the option to free space appears grayed out:
    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-free-up.jpg
    Before doing it, it didn't appear that way, is that normal?

    Now to free space I have to go directly to each of the files:
    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-free-up-22.jpg

    Is this a consequence of changing the Onedrive folder to another disk?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Leo,

    It does indeed appear to be a consequence of changing the OneDrive folder location.
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  3. Posts : 514
    Windows 10 x64
       #3

    Am not sure what will happen in the following scenario:

    Desktop PC - change location to a free partition that has space for 1TB
    One adds a few hundred GB to that OneDrive, say 500GB

    OneDrive on laptop is very limited though, say 100GB free space

    Assume it will start producing errors?

    It starts synchronizing...
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello @tfwul,

    This OneDrive folder is where the files are stored at on your PC. As long you have space available for where it's location, you should be fine.

    If you sync with OneDrive online (cloud), then it would depend on how much space you have available for it if would be able to sync it all or not.
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  5. Posts : 514
    Windows 10 x64
       #5

    @Brink
    It is difficult to find information about the following scenario and maybe it is worthwhile considering to add this to this tutorial and/or to the 'fresh install' tutorial.

    Relocating the OneDrive to another drive, based on above tutorial that shouldn't be too much trouble.

    However, where it starts to become a little vague is the following.
    After having relocated OneDrive and then start a new Windows install (on a formatted drive), Windows will obviously create OneDrive on C: and will start synchronising the (worst case scenario 1TB Office 365) OneDrive from server with the small C: SSD OneDrive.

    Windows probably doesn't know that it has been relocated.

    What will happen then?
    Will Windows notice that the large OneDrive folder on the server will not fit on C and will ask whether a different folder should be used?
    Or stop synchronizing pending users actions?
    Or should the user stop the sync process?

    Thanks.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #6

    @tfwul,

    To be safe, I would skip the OneDrive option when prompted during installation. Afterwards, you can pick up at step 9 in the tutorial to setup OneDrive and select the folder at the location you wanted.
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  7. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    Hi Mr. Brink. I'm so happy to be here.
    Just want to say that I've tried eaven this guide to move the onedrive folder location, but each time I find myself with a double OneDrive folder: one in the new path indicated in the change process (like this guide) and the other one that unfortunately always reappears in the default path ("C:\%UserProfile%")
    I wonder: it's normal or it just doesn't work for me?
    I've followed all the possible guides (not only this).
    P.S.
    The "old default folder" works, because if I delete a file in the new location it's deleted from the default location too.
    Change Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 10-onedrive-folders.png
    As You can see in the picture, the default folder is still there whit its's 1,22 GB of occupied space.
    I've tried it even in a new installation of Windows 10 Pro (1903).
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #8

    Hello @Giomarinaio, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Do you have anything that saves into the OneDrive folder? If so, it may still be saving to the old location instead of the new.
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  9. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    Brink said:
    Hello @Giomarinaio, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Do you have anything that saves into the OneDrive folder? If so, it may still be saving to the old location instead of the new.
    Sorry Brink,
    it was my fault. I make a mistake. I was looking in the wrong folder.
    I explain: in case you have moved the default OneDrive location if you look in the Userprofile folder located in the Desktop, you will find a "link" of the folder of OneDrive, but if you go to the default directory of the Userprofile you will not find the OneDrive folder.
    My mistake was I was looking the OneDrive folder link located in the Userprofile folder in the Desktop.
    If you see the folder of OneDrive in this location it dos't have the shortcut arrow, and this deceived me.

    So this guide work, it was my error.

    Sorry for that, and I hope that my English is understandable.
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