How to Change the OneDrive Folder Location?

Megha Sharma
Megha Sharma linkedin | Updated On - November 15, 2022 |

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OneDrive, the popular Microsoft cloud storage application, is available as an integrated application on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 systems (with File On-Demand feature) and can easily be downloaded for other Windows version systems. The default location of the OneDrive folder is –
C:\Users\<username>\OneDrive. With the OneDrive application, you can synchronize OneDrive for Business to your Windows PC. This service is free for account holders.

If you have a lot of information on your OneDrive folder with big files in large numbers, then your system hard drive space is more occupied, causing problems. Here, the OneDrive folder needs to move to another drive location to avoid system data loss, corruption, inaccessibility, or other issues.

We have brought you a simple way to move the OneDrive folder from its default location to another destination.

Steps to Change Your OneDrive Folder Location

The process is similar and applicable to OneDrive for Windows, OneDrive (work or school), and OneDrive (home or personal). Follow these steps carefully if you desire to change or modify the location of your synchronized OneDrive folder on your system.

  1. Click on the OneDrive application icon on the bottommost right of the taskbar on your desktop screen. Click on the arrow to expand the taskbar if the OneDrive icon is not found.
  2. Click on the Help & Settings and select Settings from the list.
  3. Under the Account tab, click on the Unlink this PC option.
  4. A confirmation message will appear for this action; click on Unlink account to confirm it.

    It will unlink the system, and the OneDrive account setup page will get opened. Let it be opened.
  5. Move to the OneDrive folder on your system and open it. Select the desired or all folders and click the Move to option as shown. Select the destination location for these files, and then files will be moved to the selected location immediately.
  6. Now, on the earlier opened OneDrive set up screen, click on the Get started option.
  7. Now, sign in to the OneDrive account again. During the sign-in process, it will display the current default folder for OneDrive files. Click on the Change option to provide a new folder location and then click OK.
  8. A new message will appear, displaying that the new folder location includes OneDrive files within it. Click on the Use this location option and then finally, finish the setup of the OneDrive account with a new location.
  9. Hence, you have successfully changed the folder location of your OneDrive account.
    Note: One is not allowed to change the OneDrive folder name.

So, the process was simple to perform and recommended for users with limited storage on drives.

For users who need to migrate OneDrive for Business to OneDrive for Business account, we have a smart, automated migration solution known as Kernel OneDrive Migration tool that supports direct migration from one account of OneDrive for Business to another. The process is automated, flexible, and without any limitations. So, you can trust this for your data migration needs. The tool is smartly programmed to perform SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online migrations, Google Drive to Google Drive migrations, File System to SharePoint migrations, and more; you can get a quick idea about the software by visiting its website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What is the need to move my OneDrive folder location on my system?

A- If your primary system drive space is occupied mainly by the OneDrive folder files and there is limited available space now, it is time to relocate this folder to a secondary drive or other drive partition to save some space.

Q- Why do I need to unlink my OneDrive account before moving the OneDrive folder to another location?

A- The unlinking of the OneDrive account from the PC is suggested to halt synchronization between the cloud account and the system, causing unnecessary missing updates in between. The connection is reestablished as soon as the folder is moved to the desired location with the setup of the account with the same login details.

Q- I want to backup my OneDrive data to the local system permanently. Can this Kernel tool help me?

A- Yes, definitely. The Kernel OneDrive Migration Tool supports the backup of SharePoint Server, Google Drive, OneDrive for Business data to the File System.

Q- Any limitation associated with migration of OneDrive for Business to OneDrive for Business with the Kernel OneDrive Migration Tool?

A- The trial version of the Kernel Migrator for SharePoint supports the migration of 5 items per folder (with 20MB file size). For unlimited data storage, purchase the software at –