How to Redirect Folders and Files to Another Location or Drive in Windows

Windows Folder and File Redirection

So you’ve got an SSD for your C Drive and don’t want to fill it up with unnecessary data. Redirect those files/folders to another location.

  1. Launch Windows Explorer from the desktop.
  2. Make the necessary target folders on your proposed target drive. This is something you must do. If you only specify the drive root (D:), it will attempt to use the entire drive, resulting in a mess. One folder for documents, another for photos, and so on. Again, you must use a subfolder rather than the root. Otherwise, your configuration will be messed up.
  3. In this tutorial, we will be using the Documents folder as example but these changes can also be applied to other folders that you like to redirect
  4. Right-click on Documents in Windows File Explorer and select Properties.
  5. Choose the Location tab.
  6. Click move.
  7. Navigate to the newly created ‘Document’ folder.
  8. Click the ‘Select Folder’ button.
  9. A confirmation dialog box will appear, asking if you want to relocate all existing documents. You should choose Yes.
  10. Click the Apply and then OK button.
  11. You should now see a new folder called Documents on the target drive.
  12. That is only the name that is visible. The underlying folder name appears to be whatever you provided it originally.
  13. Anything you save in ‘Documents’ will now be saved to that folder.
  14. Repeat for the remaining default directories (Pictures, Videos, Music)


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