Move Your My Documents Folder to Another Drive/Directory

This is remarkably easy to do, but it can also make you feel really blind if you haven’t done it before redface.gif

I was recently faced with a filling-up SSD that my OS is installed on.
I currently install all of my programs to a typical platter drive with 2 TB, but many programs still put data and folders in your /Users/ folder.

For instance: Unreal Engine 4 likes to use your user folder for /Unreal Projects? and /Unreal Engine/. everytime you download one of their content packs from the marketplace, its adding about 3-4 GB. To combat this, as well as take care of any other programs that use your User folder when your SSD is filling up, here’s what to do:

find and open your User folder, then right click on the folder you want to relocate. Like below I wanted to move the “My Documents” folder onto another drive

just put it where you want it and hit Move, and that’s it!

I have all of my DA:O DLC, Arma 3 missions, savegames, and Unreal projects (though you might wanna re-compile), and indeed everything in that folder is moved. and since it’s done with windows you won’t have to re-point or re-install any of the software to know the folder’s new location.


3 thoughts on “Move Your My Documents Folder to Another Drive/Directory”

  1. This applies to any folder in C:UsersYou. Just right-click the folder, choose Properties, switch to the Location tab, and then the rest is self-explanatory.

    Tip: if you are doing this on a fresh install of Windows and you already have a long-established My Documents folder or whatever and you're just telling this new installation of Windows where it is, then you don't have to say “Yes” to the question that you'll be presented with that asks you if you want to move all of the contents to the new location. The only time you want to say Yes to that is when you DO want to move the contents of the folder to the new Location.

    Tip 2: if you click “Find Target…”, then you can browse to the location instead of having to type or copy/paste the path into that box.

  2. I find that this is a better way to set up a secondary hard drive. After setting it up I have absolutely no data that gets written onto my SSD without me asking it to do it first. Just be aware that setting write permissions on all the necessary registry entries and setting them back to default is a pretty tiresome task… but you only have to do it once.

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