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How to Install Windows 10 Apps to External Drive, USB or SD Card

Updated on Dec 05, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Elaborate tutorial on how to install Windows 10 applications and programs to an external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card and other storage devices partitions in order to save Windows 10 system drive disk space.

Installing Windows 10 New Apps to External Storage Devices Becomes Available

Have you updated to Threshold 2, the first big Windows 10 update in November? Well, hurry up if still not, because it's worth doing. Among the multiple prominent newly added features, I have to mention one which is very useful and helpful for stuffed computers, of which the system performance has largely lagged. As most Windows 10 users know, we can't save new applications and programs to other hard drive partitions except the default location of C drive, or system drive in another word earlier when we first upgrade Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10. However, things get different this time. You can install Windows 10 apps to an external drive, USB drive, SD card, and other disk partitions now after updating.

How to Change New Apps Default Location of C Drive to Others

Earlier the new apps storage location is set by default to the system drive, which occupies a considerate amount of c drive space. As a result, c drive is out of space, causing serious system and computer running problems. So it's undeniable that the availability of saving newly downloaded applications and programs to the other hard disk partitions or some removable storage devices will be of great significance.

Steps to change the default location for Windows 10 new apps

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "System";

Step 2. On the left panel, find "Storage" option and click in;

Step 3. Scroll down and in the second part "Save locations" you'll find "New apps will save to". This option once was grayed out, and you can only save the apps to This PC (C:). Now you can change C drive to other disk partitions like D: E: F: or plug in your external drive, USB drive, SD card and some other devices. After that, the change will be automatically done by Windows 10.

Bonus Tip: How to Move Old Apps on C Drive to Somewhere Else

The advanced setting mentioned above is only applicable for new apps installation. However, what if you desperately want to free up c drive space since it has been stuffed by system files and old applications and programs? Moving the old apps is not the only way out, on the contrary, extending the drive by using EaseUS free partition manager.

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How to Effectively Free up C Drive in a Safe Way

Before resizing c drive, you can also have a c drive backup by using EaseUS Partition Master Free to ensure a completely safe operation first. Learn how to copy a partition.


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Increase C drive space

1. Shrink partition to free up unallocated space:

Right-click on a partition next to the C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
Drag either end of the partition to shrink and leave unallocated space behind the system C: drive and click "OK".

2. Right-click on C: drive and select "Resize/Move".

Extend System partition

3. Drag the system partition end into unallocated space so to add space to C: drive.

Add space to C drive

Step 3: Keep all changes to extend C: drive

Click the "Execute Operation" and click "Apply" to keep all changes so to extend the system C: drive.

Confirm to extend system C drive