Moving the “Documents” Folder to a New Drive on Windows 10: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you running out of space on your root drive and need to offload some data to a secondary drive? One common task is moving the “Documents” folder to a new location. This guide will walk you through the process of safely and efficiently moving your “Documents” folder from the root drive to a secondary drive on a Windows 10-based computer. By following these simple steps, you can free up valuable space and organize your files more effectively.

Before You Begin: Before making any major changes to your files, it’s essential to create a backup of your important data. This precaution ensures that your files are safe and retrievable in case of any unforeseen issues during the process. Here is an article regarding backing up your files.


Step 1: Choose the Destination Drive Start by identifying the secondary drive where you want to move your “Documents” folder. Ensure that the drive has enough available space to accommodate all the data from the original folder.

Step 2: Create a Target Folder On the secondary drive, create a new folder to serve as the new location for your “Documents” folder. For consistency, you can name it “Documents” as well.

Step 3: Update the Library Location To efficiently move the “Documents” folder, you can take advantage of Windows Libraries. Here’s how to update the library location:

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E).
  2. In the left sidebar, find and right-click on “Documents” under “Libraries” and select “Properties.”
  3. In the “Documents Properties” window, click the “Include a folder” button.
  4. Navigate to the new “Documents” folder you created on the secondary drive (e.g., D:\Documents) and click the “Include folder” button.
  5. In the “Library locations” section, select the newly added folder as the default save location by clicking the “Set save location” button.

Step 4: Verify the Move Once you’ve updated the library location, Windows will automatically move the contents of your original “Documents” folder to the new location on the secondary drive. To ensure the move was successful, verify that all your files and subfolders are intact in the new location.

Step 5: Check for Errors During the process, keep an eye out for any error messages. If any issues occur, take note of them and address the problems accordingly.

Step 6: Test the New Location To be certain that everything is working correctly, open some files from the “Documents” library and confirm that they are accessible and functioning as expected from the new location on the secondary drive.


Moving the “Documents” folder to a new drive on your Windows 10 computer is a straightforward process that can help you manage space more efficiently. By creating a backup, updating the library location, and verifying the move, you can ensure that your valuable data is safe and accessible in the new location. With these steps, you’ll be able to declutter your root drive and optimize your file organization for a more streamlined computing experience. Happy organizing!

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Comments (2)

  1. Bonnie Walker


    I need help with information about moving 6000 photos and videos from my iPhone 8+. I have a Dell computer but I rarely use it because it is so slow. I also have an external storage but I am unfamiliar with how it works. Is there anyway I can come to your office, download the photos from the iCloud onto an SD card? Would that be the best way to store the photos and videos? I want to remove the photos from my phone and the iCloud but still have them saved in another form. Thank you in advance for your help and reply. Bonnie 936.462.0847

  2. Reply

    Although photo file sizes differ between smartphones depending on their camera specs, on average each photo requires 5MB of storage. For the occasional photographer, 1GB should be enough phone storage for 200 photos. If you’re a selfie addict, 30GB will allow you to store approximately 6,000 photos. If you have media that will hold 30GB or more (the external drive you mentioned would probably be great), we can show you how to move the photos from iCloud to the drive.

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