Need to move My Documents to another drive
My Documents, a special folder in Microsoft Windows, is used for keeping computer documents and other files related to programs on your computer. Starting with Windows Vista, it is called Documents only. Although My Documents can help users access files easily, this folder is by default located on the C: drive which contains the operating system.
Putting My Documents and OS on the same drive is not a great idea for several reasons. Here are two main reasons.
Degrade Windows performance. As My Documents is growing in size, C: drive will be running out of space or even filled up, resulting in long boot time and slow read/write speed.
My Documents is easy to lose. The My Documents folder is vulnerable to system crash, hard disk failure or human error.
Considering these factors, you need to move My Documents folder to another drive. How to complete the task easily? Please read on.
Top 2 ways to move My Documents to another drive in Windows 10
To move My Documents to another drive, you can resort to a Windows inbuilt feature or a free backup and sync tool - AOMEI Backupper. The two methods are also applicable to moving My Documents to another drive in Windows 7.
Method 1: Move My Documents to another drive via Windows inbuilt feature
1. Create a new folder named Documents at the target drive.
2. Navigate to This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > User Name.
3. Right click on the Documents folder and select Properties.
4. Click on the Location tab, and type the new path to the Documents folder (here is D:\Documents). Then, click OK.
5. Click Yes when asked if you want to move all of the files from the old location to the new location. Wait for the process to be done.
The original My Documents folder in C drive will be deleted automatically.
If you want to get back My Documents folder in C drive later, you can find the Documents folder in the new location > right click on it and select Properties > click Restore Default under the Location tab.
Method 2: Move My Documents folder to another drive using AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup and sync software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, can also help you move My Documents folder to another drive easily. With the File Sync feature, you can synchronize one folder or multiple folders from their original location to a new location.
The new location can be another drive on the same disk, an external drive, a network location or a cloud drive. For example, you are allowed to sync local folders to OneDrive. Learn how to move My Documents to another drive in Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper as follows:
✎ Note: You don’t need to create a new folder named “Documents” at the destination drive if you use Method 2, because it will be automatically created after the sync process.
1. Download, install, and launch AOMEI Backupper.
2. Click Sync and select Basic Sync.
3. Edit the task name for this file sync task. Click Add Folder to select the Documents folder that needs to be synchronized.
✎ Note: You can add several folders to be synchronized simultaneously.
4. Select the destination drive to store the folder.
5. Click on Start Sync button to perform the operation.
>> Options: you can write a comment for your sync task so that you can figure out the specific sync contents. You can also enable email notification here.
>> Schedule: you can set the sync task to run daily, weekly, or monthly. To enjoy more advanced schedule modes like “Event triggers”, “USB plug in” and “Real-time sync”, you may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.
You can still find the Documents folder in C drive after the sync process. You can choose to delete it so as to get more free space or to keep it as a backup.
If you delete the Documents folder in C drive, the sync task will become invalid; that is, the task can’t run anymore.
You can move My Documents to another drive in Windows 10 easily with the two methods offered above. You may prefer AOMEI Backupper if you want to move multiple folders at once. In addition to the file sync feature, AOMEI Backupper also enables you to clone Dell laptop hard drive with the clone feature. Download it now to discover more!