Moving One Drive folder

I’ve just added a 1Tb HDD to my Windows 10 PC, with the intention of freeing up space on my existing SSD.

I’ve changed the location of all my local Documents, Pictures folders, etc to point to this new drive.

I’d like to pull down all of the OneDrive files, photos etc onto the new HHD drive, but the OneDrive path is still pointing to my C:\Users\Name\OneDrive location. How do I get my OneDrive folder structure onto my new E: drive? So it becomes E:\OneDrive.


Conversation 7 comments

  • jrswarr

    Premium Member
    13 October, 2018 - 6:29 am

    <p>Only way I know how to do it is to go to One Drive settings and unlink the PC. Move the existing one drive directory on C: to the same directory on the new drive where the local document folder is. You can relink One Drive to that folder.</p>

    • Polycrastinator

      13 October, 2018 - 11:32 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#352881">In reply to jrswarr:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yup, this. Since all your stuff is in the cloud (check first), unlink, restart, and point it at the new location you want to use. All of that said, given OneDrive now uses sync on demand, I'd question if this is really necessary? When my OneDrive meant 200GB of data on my drive, I had it on a secondary disk, but now I don't bother.</p>

      • StevenLayton

        13 October, 2018 - 12:19 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#352928"><em>In reply to Polycrastinator:</em></a><em> Thanks guys. Currently my stuff is ONLY on OneDrive and no where else. Want to get it on my station, so I can organise it, and set up some local backups, and get all my pictures and music to Google.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • Lauren Glenn

        16 October, 2018 - 9:56 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#352928">In reply to Polycrastinator:</a></em></blockquote><p>It is if you have a laptop and want all your files with you knowing you'll have bad internet connectivity or speed</p>

  • Winner

    16 October, 2018 - 3:49 am

    <p>Well don't count on MIcrosoft testing that.</p><p>Years ago I moved My Documents (or whatever incarnation of that name they used at the time) to my Data drive.</p><p>Suddenly my Microsoft Flight Simulator failed to work.</p><p>Yes, it would not work if your My Documents had been changed from the default.</p>

  • Lauren Glenn

    16 October, 2018 - 9:55 pm

    <p>I unlinked and relinked while specifying the new location. I think if you exit out completely, you can move the files and it should relink them if you unlink and relink after moving it. Also, use MKLINK to make a folder in your old location to point to your D: location… A simple thing but it will probably save you some headaches</p>

  • jerry_maguire

    17 December, 2020 - 7:49 am

    <p>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:</p><p><br></p><ol><li>Right-click the OneDrive taskbar icon and select Settings.</li><li>Click the Unlink OneDrive button under the Account tab. A login screen appears, but you should ignore it for now.</li><li>Launch File Explorer.</li><li>Navigate to and select the OneDrive folder. Unless you moved it previously, it is probably directly under your C:Users[your username] folder. You can get there either by clicking through your C drive or entering the folder name in your address bar.</li><li>Click the Move to button on the Home tab.</li><li>Select Choose location. </li><li>Sign in to Onedrive</li><li>Navigate to the location where you moved the OneDrive folder and click Select Folder.</li><li>Click Use this location.</li><li>Click Next in the OneDrive window.</li><li>Select which folders to sync (or sync all) and click Next.</li><li>Click Open my OneDrive folder or close the window.</li></ol><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Your OneDrive folder has been successfully moved.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Hope this helps.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Best,</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Jerry.</span></p>

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