I don’t like having my personal files on the system drive. If you get a virus or reinstall your operating system, you stand a higher chance of losing your files. I always keep my personal files on a separate partition or drive.
Windows likes to store your saved videos, music, pictures etc in your Documents folder; in this guide, you’ll learn how to relocate your personal folders.
Relocating Personal Data Folders
To relocate your personal files, do the following:
- Press the Start button
- Click your account name in the right-hand menu
- Right click a folder that you want to relocate and select Properties
- On the Location tab of the properties dialog box, enter the address that you want to relocate to
- Click OK
Windows will ask permission to create the target folder if it doesn’t already exist, so click ‘Yes‘. I advise moving all the original files to the new location, unless you see a reason not to.
Rich is the owner and creator of Windows Guides; he spends his time breaking things on his PC so he can write how-to guides to fix them.
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