How to Change the Default OneDrive Folder in Windows 8.1

How to Change the Default OneDrive Folder in Windows 8.1

Oct. 08, 2014 11:21 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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We know Windows 8.1's OneDrive can be used to sync data like PC settings, apps, data you choose. It serves as the default service for storing your files, synchronizing them with other devices. One of the biggest questions we know is: How do I change the location of OneDrive folder in Windows 8.1? I like OneDrive, but I want it to store my files in another location than the default.

So about where OneDrive stores its data and how to change the default OneDrive folder in Windows 8.1, we will give the overall explanation in the following part:

Where is the OneDrive default folder?

Once if you sign in your Microsoft account, you can sync whatever you like to OneDrive. Moreover, the data can be synchronized to other devices once you sign in the same Microsoft account. In fact, you can find this folder in your Windows 8.1 computer. How?

If you open File Explorer and go to the drive where Windows 8.1 is installed, you will find a folder named Users. Open it and then open your user's folder, which has the same name as your user account. Here you will find your user's standard folders: Documents, Pictures, OneDrive and many others.

The default location of OneDrive folder is: "C:\Users\Your User Name\OneDrive". So if you want it to store your files on another partition, or in other folder, there's no easy way to do.

How to Change the Default OneDrive Folder in Windows 8.1?

  • 1. In Windows 8.1, open File Explorer and select OneDrive on the left side of the window.

    change the default onedrive folder in windows 8.1
  • 2. Right click or press and hold the OneDrive entry and select Properties. Another way is to expand the Home tab on the ribbon and click or tap the Properties button, found in the Open section.

    change onedrive folder location in windows 8.1
  • 3. The OneDrive Properties window opens. Go to the Location tab.

    change location of onedrive folder in windows 8.1
  • 4. Here you can see the current OneDrive folder. Click or tap Move and the Select a Destination dialog box is opened. Here you must select the new location of the OneDrive folder. Browse to the new location you want to use, select it and then press Select Folder.

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  • 5. The new folder is displayed in the Location tab of the OneDrive Properties window.

    change location of onedrive folder in windows 8.1
  • 6. Press OK to apply the change. You are now asked if you want to move all the files from the old location to the new location. Press Yes to make sure your decision.

    change location of onedrive folder in windows 8.1
  • 7. A progress bar will be displayed as below. Wait patiently for everything to be moved, and don't turn off your computer while the transfer is in progress.

    change onedrive folder location in windows 8.1
  • 8. Here the default OneDrive folder location has been changed successfully. The new location will be used by the OneDrive service in Windows 8.1, as well as the OneDrive app.

As you can see from the guide, changing OneDrive folder location in Windows 8.1 is not so difficult. Meanwhile, if you want to remove the synced data, it's simple, too. Just refer to this article: How to Remove OneDrive Sync Data in Windows 8.1?

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