Changing default user folders, mapping them to Onedrive

Hi folks,

I’m trying to change my default folders and have Windows point to them on my D: drive, rather than my C: drive – and also map them to Onedrive. Essentially I just want to move those folders to D and have them continue to sync with Onedrive – but I keep getting an error message.

Has anyone got a clear way to move these folders?

Conversation 6 comments

  • coeus89

    14 August, 2019 - 11:44 am

    <p>I am not sure what the best way is. What i did is, in onedrive settings, select the location you want the onedrive to sync to on you D drive. Wait for that to finish syncing. Then, in file explorer, go into each of your folders (documents, photos, etc…) and select "Move to" and select the place in your D drive which also happens to be in your onedrive. The folders will now be on your D drive and in onedrive.</p><p><br></p><p>Edit: I am at work so i cannot test that this is 100% the correct way. Just google "how to move documents folder to a different drive location" and make sure this is correct.</p>

  • Dan1986ist

    Premium Member
    14 August, 2019 - 1:04 pm

    <p>Well, you can move user folders to a different drive by going into properties for your users folders via the right-click menu, choosing the location tab and typing in D:/%UserProfile%/desktop and so on. This should move your user profiles over to your D: drive. As for syncing user folders from your D: drive to OneDrive, not sure if that is supported or if user folders have to be on Drive C. </p>

  • AnOldAmigaUser

    Premium Member
    14 August, 2019 - 2:29 pm

    <p>I believe that this is a multi-step process. </p><p>You need to create a Users folder on D, and then create folders for the individual users. You then need to move the OneDrive folder synch location to be a subfolder of the usersusername directory, for each user. This is done in OneDrive settings. Finally, you can relocate the Documents to the D:userusernameOneDrive folder using the Location tab of the Properties dialog. If there is a Documents folder there already, it will be used.</p><p>You might also want to relocate Desktop, Downloads, Music, and Videos to the D:userusername directory as well, though probably not in OneDrive.</p><p>I believe that there are some things, like AppData that need to stay on the C drive, which precludes defining %userprofile% to the D drive.</p>

  • Patrick3D

    14 August, 2019 - 4:39 pm

    <p>Move the OneDrive folder to D: <a href="; target="_blank"></a></p><p><br></p><p>Once that is moved then right-click the OneDrive icon in the System Tray, select Settings, click the Backup tab, and click the Manage backup button for a simple wizard to move Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders to OneDrive (you get to choose which folders.)</p><p><br></p><p>Some other folders in your user profile such as Music and Videos can be moved by right-clicking &gt; Properties &gt; Location (tab) &gt; Move (button.)</p>

  • ommoran

    Premium Member
    17 August, 2019 - 9:22 pm

    <p>Thank you everyone for the help. I have now made the move, and it's worked well.</p><p><br></p><p>Transferring applications that have been installed on C is a different story, but it's coming along. Any recommendations for tools to do this?</p>

    • simont

      Premium Member
      18 August, 2019 - 10:14 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#450162">In reply to ommoran:</a></em></blockquote><p>For apps, you would need to uninstall and then re-install and use the advanced option if available and point the installer to the D drive. Normally it is much better to have your programs on the C drive and your data on the D drive. The exception is games if you have a seperate drive, since they take up so much space.</p>

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