How to Move Your OneDrive Folder

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Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service is a huge convenience because it keeps your files synced across devices and backed up onto the internet. However, depending on how much you store in it, your OneDrive folder could take up many Gigabytes. If you have a second storage drive in your system or even another partition, you may want to move the OneDrive folder to free up space. Here's how.

1. Right click the OneDrive taskbar icon and select Settings.

select settings

2. Click the Unlink OneDrive button under the Account tab. A login screen appears, but you should ignore it for now.

click Unlink OneDrive

3. Launch File Explorer.

launch file explorer

4. Navigate to and select the OneDrive folder. Unless you moved it previously, it is probably directly under your C:\Users\[your username]\ (ex: C:\Users\Avram) folder. You can get there either by clicking through your C drive or entering the folder name in your address bar.

select OneDrive

5. Click the Move to button on the Home tab.

select Move to

6. Select Choose location.

Choose location

7. Select the new location and click Move. If you're moving the folder to another drive, select the drive letter.

click Move

Depending on the size of the folder, it may take a few minutes to move.

8. Enter your email address into the OneDrive app window.

sign in

9. Select Personal if prompted to decide why you're signing in.

select Personal

10. Enter your password and click Sign in.

Sign in

11. Click "Change location."

change location

12. Navigate to the location where you moved the OneDrive folder and click Select Folder.

select folder

13. Click Use this location.

Click use this location

14. Click Next in the OneDrive window.

click Next

15. Select which folders to sync (or sync all) and click Next.

click Next

16. Click Open my OneDrive folder or close the window.

Open my onedrive folder

Your OneDrive folder has been successfully moved.

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Avram Piltch
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  • Richard Says:

    Why Unlink the Drive? We want to Move the Folder Location that's it Microsoft? - This works thanks but BAD software architecture in doing so.

  • responder Says:

    Just for information to anyone trying this with a business account. it creates a whole new root folder structure under the chosen location and you will need to recopy from the original if need to sync with what is stored online

  • I couldn't get this to work Says:

    I don't think I understand what is met by "Open the OneDrive APP", click Personal, then enter the password. I dont have an app in my Windows 1o pro applications and features or in th icons in the Start Menu. I did a PIN to the Starr menu for the Program items "One Drive" it just takes me to the desktop's "One Drive" Folder. I cannot tell what happened but I still have all my One Drive in my User/ B.../(folder). I have recovered nothing and One Drive has been Loading for hours (12 or more). Can some help me. I have moved all my documents save a fwe to a Seagate Expansion Drive, The contents less about 25 folder all exist of my Seagate in the Documents folder. The Seagate also shows a "One Drive folder" It doesnot have the familiar Icon. It is full of the same files and folders. I feeel like I have my Documents in teh C drive at USER/ and on the Expansion Drive 2 times. Then there's the One Drive (on the Microsoft cloud). I do not how to see where it points to. I think I have a mess but no lost files. HELP! Please.

  • beni van halen Says:

    Thank you. You save my wallet to buy new SSD

  • Lakshan Says:

    Thank you very much. It works well.

  • Ollie Says:

    So if I do this, I will be able to move the "my documents" folder from my ssd to my hdd, right? Will things like "send to my documents" still work?

  • Mariana Says:

    I was almost out of space in my C: folder, worked great!!

  • Aaron M. Farr Says:

    Thank you I was able to recover 13gb on my C drive!

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