OneDrive is a free online storage service offered by Microsoft and comes with your Microsoft account. Its deeply integrated into the latest version of Windows 11/10, 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 the location of OneDrive Files in Windows 11/10.
Change location of OneDrive folder
Many users of Windows use two separate drives on their computers – the 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.
From the list of options, select “Unlink OneDrive“.
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’.
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.
How do I move the location of my OneDrive folder?
In order to move the location of your OneDrive folder, you need to unlink the OneDrive account first. Then, you need to click on the Settings panel and select the Move to option. Click on the Change button and find a location where you want it to be moved. Once done, click the OK button to save the change.
Why can’t I move my OneDrive folder?
Moving the OneDrive folder on Windows 11 or Windows 10 is very easy. However, if you cannot move it, you need to check whether you have unlinked your account or not. You cannot move the folder if it is already linked to your account.
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