How to Transfer User Profile to Another Drive

How to transfer user profile to another drive? How to transfer user profiles from one computer to another? These two questions can be fixed by a professional data transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Stay on this article to get a step-by-step tutorial.

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Case 1: "Hi everyone. So I have a SSD that is loaded with my OS(C:) and a HDD 1tb.(B:) I would like to move the user profiles to the HDD. What is the best way to do this?" - posted by LegacyOfWax from EightForums
Case 2: I am trying to figure out how to transfer a very important User profile to a new Windows 10 PC......those few transfer programs but they are crap, it didnt work......" - posted by yontanno211 from TECHPOWRUP

A user profile is a collection of your data, including your Desktop, Documents, and other account settings. Check your Windows default location in C: drive: C:\Users\your user name. Generally, our personal data is stored in a C drive by default. What if your C drive is running out of space? It may fail to keep up with constantly updated data, and you may need to move user files to another drive or PC to free up storage space.

Now let's see how to transfer the user profile to another drive and how to transfer user profiles from one computer to another with the quick view here:

⏱️ Duration 5-15 minutes or more (depending on user profile data size)
💻Supported OS Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Servers
🗃️Support File Types

Desktop, Documents, Videos, Images, and other Account settings.


How to Transfer User Profile to Another Drive - 3 Ways

Redirect user folder's location can be finished in 3 ways - one automatic software and two built-in features.

Comparison ✅ Pros ⛔ Cons
🥇EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free
  • Move user profiles in 1 click.
  • Restore to the default location.
  • Free to transfer 2GB and five programs.
This software needs to be downloaded.
File Explorer Restore the folder to the default location. Can not change all folder locations at one time.
Registry Quickly move your profiles. Not available for beginners.

Method 1. EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free

The newest version of EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free now supports transferring user profiles to another drive for free. It can automatically detect User Profile related folders on your PC, allowing you to view them in one clear interface and move them with one simple click.

For average users, it is the easiest way to change your file location from one hard drive to another.

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Download EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free and transfer your User Profile in a few seconds:

Step 1. Click "Large File Cleanup" on the left panel, and click "Start" button.

large file cleanup

Step 2. Select "Folder" tab, check the folders you want to move. Choose target drive and click "Move" button.

move default folder Step 1

Step 3. Wait for moving process completes. Click "Finish".

move default folder step 2

Note: You can click the "Restore" button to restore the current folder to the default location.

After moving the target folders to the new drive, you are allowed to restore them to their original location with the "Restore" button beside them. This software also supports moving applications to another drive. If you are looking for an effective, we recommend this software.

Great, this software successfully moved your user profile to another drive, right? Feel free to share this method with all people around you who are experiencing a similar transfer need online:


Method 2. Apply File Explorer Settings

The methods for moving User Profile folders to another drive may vary due to different operating systems, so make sure you follow the right guide here:

#1. How to Move User Profile to Anther Drive in Windows 10, Windows 11

In the below steps, we will set "moving user folder from C to D" with the help of File Explorer settings as an example:

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

Step 2. Go to the new location you want to save your data.

Step 3. Click "New Folder" and name it Documents, Music, Downloads, Pictures, Videos.

d drive new folder

Step 4. Navigate to C drive.

Step 5. Right-click the folder you want to move, then click "Properties" on the drop-down menu.

Step 6. Choose the "Location" tab > Click the "Move..." button > Choose a new file location on D drive.

move file location

Step 7. Choose the newly created folder on the D drive, and click "Select Folder" > On the Properties window, click OK to apply.

Step 8. Click Yes.

move user folder to d drive

#2. How to Move User Folder to Another Drive in Windows 7:

Step 1. Type "View advanced system settings" on the search box and click to open.

view advanced system settings

Step 2. Navigate to the "Advanced" tab > In the "User Profiles" section, click the "Settings..." button.

system properties user profiles  - 1

Step 3. On the User Profiles window, click the profile you want to move. And click the "Copy To..." button.

system properties user profiles  - 2

Step 4. Browse to choose a file location and click "OK".

system properties user profiles  - 3

Method 3. Use Registry Editor

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run box. Type "regedit" and click OK.

registry editor 1

Step 2. Go to the path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

registry editor 2

Step 3. Right-click files and choose the "Modify..." option.

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Step 4. Input a new location and restart your PC.

registry editor 4

Bonus Tip: Transfer User Profile from One Computer to Another

If you are looking for a way to transfer a user profile to a new PC directly. You can use the professional PC transfer tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans. It enables you to user accounts in 1 click, including User Account Settings, User Data, Personalization, and Power Options.

Download the software right now:

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Step 1. Install and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both two devices. On the source PC, select "PC to PC" to continue.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 1

Step 2. Select the transfer direction - as an Old PC or a New PC.

choose transfer direction

Make sure the two PCs are on the same LAN. Connect to the target PC via its IP address or adding it manually. Enter the login account and password of the target PC and link two PCs by clicking "Connect".

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 2

Step 3. Click at the "Accounts" section to specify User Accounts and Settings for transferring.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 3

Step 4. Enter the user account and password of the source computer, select the User Account Settings, User Data and other settings that you want to transfer. 

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 1

Step 5. After selection, click "Transfer" to start to transfer user accounts and settings.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 5

If you feel like the above-provided methods for moving the User Profile folder to the target location on your PC, feel free to share this tutorial article to help more of your friends online:


To Sum Up

In this article, we've listed three ways to move user profiles to another drive and one solution for migrating user folders to another PC. To save time and prevent your computer from data loss, we recommend the data transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans to assist you in moving User Profile folders to the desired location instantly.

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Pick the workable solution according to your preference! If you have any questions, contact [email protected].

FAQs About Transfer User Profile to A New Drive or New PC

Here, we found some hot topics about transferring the User Profile folder. If you are interested in, follow and find answers here:

1. Can I move the User Profile to a new drive for free?

Yes, sure. Changing the location of your User Profile on a Windows computer can be free, and all you need is to turn to reliable methods, as provided on this page above. You can use EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free or Windows built-in tools like File Explorer or Registry Editor to execute the operation.

2. What is the easiest way to move the User Profile to another computer in Windows Server 2012?

On Windows Server computers, if the user profiles are large and important, we suggest you use reliable PC transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans Enterprise for help. It aims to assist Windows Server owners in migrating and moving all desired data, programs, and even account settings to the desired location disk or a new Server computer with success. 

For a step-by-step guide, you may follow this guide for help: Migrate User Profile to New Server

3. What should I do when the Windows 10 copy user profile option is greyed out?

When you can't copy the user profile on your Windows PC, and it's greyed out, the causes for this error could be various. To get rid of this issue, you can first:

  • First, switch your user account, reboot your PC, and log in with your administrator account.
  • Turn to EaseUS Todo PCTrans and transfer your User Profile to the target location.
  • Then, you can go back to the computer C drive location and delete the old folder.

About the Author

Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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