Move or change location of OneDrive folder in Windows 10

OneDrive is free online storage service offered by Microsoft and comes with your Microsoft account. Its deeply integrated into the latest version of Windows 10, where it allows you to save your files and get to them from any PC, tablet, or phone. While, this is beneficial in most cases, it may affect your work productivity especially when there is limited storage capacity main drive. In such a case, you might want to move the OneDrive folder to a new location. The scope of the article pertains to this subject – Change the default save location of OneDrive Files in Windows 10.

Change location of OneDrive folder

Many users of Windows use two separate drives on their computers – a main drive like an SSD to run the operating system and other programs, and a regular hard drive to store the bulk of their content. OneDrive, by default, stores files to the C:\User\<username>\OneDrive location. In any event of misfortune, a user can lose all the files if he has them stored on C drive. So, as a precautionary measure you can change the location of the files to wherever you want.

To do this, first, you must unlink OneDrive from your account and then repeat the setup process. For this, Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the notification area and then select Settings.

OneDrive Settings

From the list of options, select “Unlink OneDrive“.

Change location of OneDrive folder

When done, open your OneDrive folder at its location. Chose the folder and move it to a new place using the ‘Move to’ button visible under Home tab in the explorer ribbon.

Next, sign in to OneDrive. The service will prompt you to save folders to a suggested location. Ignore the suggested location, and instead, click ‘Change’.

Change location of OneDrive folder

Next, navigate to the place where you moved the OneDrive folder to in the previous step.


Once done, OneDrive will move all of your OneDrive files from the default location to the new location.

This should help!

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