How To Change Default OneDrive File Location on Windows 10

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The boot drive is finally running out of the space. It’s time to find a way to gain some precious space back without upgrading to a large SSD drive. Since the OneDrive eats over 20GB disk space, it’s a simple decision to move it out of the boot drive and relocate to another partition. And that’s when I surprisingly find out that it’s not straightforward as I hoped.

Here is how you can do it.

1. Unlink OneDrive account.

Yes, whether you believe it or not, you will have to unlink your account in order to change default file location to another location.

Open OneDrive Settings window, click Unlink this PC under Account tab.

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2. Move OneDrive folder to another location

Once unlinked, you can safely start to move your current OneDrive folder to a different location. There are many ways to do this. One of them is to find it in File Explorer (usually in c:\users\username), go to Home tab and select Move to button → Choose location → Move.

OneDrive move to a different location - How To Change Default OneDrive File Location on Windows 10

Link account and choose a different location

Once done moving files, go back to the OneDrive setup screen and start signing in process again.

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When you are at This is your OneDrive folder step, click “Change location” link.

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Choose the new location, click Use this location button on the warning dialog box to ignore File already exist message.

Microsoft OneDrive use this location - How To Change Default OneDrive File Location on Windows 10

Click Next on the next window to finish setting up OneDrive. Noticed the new location set up in the screenshot?

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And it’s done. It will still take some moments for OneDrive to finish up the synchronization check and process.

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