How to Move Downloads from C Drive to D Drive Windows 11/10

This article will provide three ways to move Downloads from C drive to D drive. You can use the Properties or Settings with Windows to change the default download address or use EaseUS Todo PCTrans to migrate Downloads.

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Downloads are the default storage location for downloading games, media, and other files. These files are usually located on the C drive, and you can find the target folder for downloads in C:\Users\UserName\Downloads\. If the C drive is not cleaned from time to time, these download files can fill up the C drive and cause problems with low disk space. 

Fortunately, in addition to deleting the contents of download files, you can free up space on your C drive by moving the contents of the downloads folder. By moving downloads from C drive to D, you can secure the downloaded files and access the downloaded files when you cannot start Windows or dual boot. In this article, EaseUS introduce three ways to move downloads from C drive to another drive; hope this article can be helpful for you.

View the Three Ways to Move Downloads from C Drive to D Drive:

Methods 🥇 Data Transfer Tool  🥈Properties 🥉Settings
 ⏱️Duration 3 minutes 7 minutes 5 minutes
👣Step 4 simple steps...Full steps 6 difficult steps...Full steps 3 complex steps...Full steps
🧑‍🤝‍🧑Suitable Users For all, especially beginners Experienced Experienced

Once you are familiar with the basic migration methods, we will discuss the specific steps for each of the three methods in detail in the next section.

Move Downloads from C Drive to D Drive via Data Transfer Tool

EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free is one of the best transfer tools for moving downloads from C drive to D drive with the help of a PC data transfer tool. It is easy to use, and it offers several methods of data and file transfer:

  • Large file/folder moving feature: with this feature, users can easily and quickly change the download location.
  • Restore and backup files feature: users can safely migrate programs or applications from one computer to another.

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EaseUS Todo PCTrans uses automatic transfer to increase efficiency. Free Download EaseUS Todo PCTrans and move Downloads from C drive to D drive quickly and easily.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your PC. Choose "Large File Cleanup" > Click "Start" button to move on.

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Step 2. Select the disk you want to scan, click "Scan."

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Step 3. When the scan completes, files larger than 20M will be listed. Choose the wanted files and target drive to move. (You can choose the triangle icon to select destination or click "Browse" to pick the wanted place.)

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Step 4. Click "Move" button, then check files on the pop window. Then click "Move" button again.

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Move Downloads from C Drive to D Drive Manually

If you don't want to resort to third-party tools, you can use the function that comes with Windows to move Downloads. But before you start, you need to create a new folder in the partition where you want to store the moved download files.

Step 1. Open This PC and select the disk to put the downloaded files.

Step 2. Create a new folder for Downloads; you can name it Downloads or any other name you like.

create new folder

Then manually move Downloads from the C drive to the D drive by following the instructions below. If you like these methods, you can also click the social buttons below and share it with other people.


Move Downloads from C Drive to D Drive via Properties

File Explorer provides a Properties function to move folders. With Properties in Windows 11/10, users can move this folder from C drive to D drive or another location. The following are the simple steps:

Step 1. Right-click on the Windows icon, select, and open File Explorer.

Step 2. Open This PC window, right-click on the Downloads folder, and select "Properties."

open download properties

Step 3. Go to the Location tab in the Downloads Properties box.

Step 4. Under the Location option, select Move to get the Select a Destination window.


Step 5. Select the created folder as the destination and select "Select Folder."

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Step 6. After selecting Apply, select Yes in the pop-up window. Then you can move the entire download folder from the C drive to another drive.

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By following the above guide, you can move Downloads from C drive to D drive. Then it will become the new default Downloads folder in another drive.

If you think these steps are complicated, turn to EaseUS Todo PCTrans and use this powerful tool to move downloads from C drive to D drive.

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Move Downloads from C Drive to D Drive via Settings

In addition to moving Downloads to another drive, you can change the location of the Downloads folder directly from within Windows. It's another way to move Downloads from C drive, which will be automatically deposited in the D Drive. Here's how to set and change the default location of Downloads in Settings:

Step 1. Open the Setting option on your computer and click the "System" option.

Step 2. Click the Storage option, and under more storage settings, select Change where new content is saved.

change where new content is saved

Step 3. Set the target download location for each category, such as new apps/new documents.

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This article provides three ways to move Downloads from C drive to D drive. No matter for what reason you want to move your downloads or change the address of your downloads, you can choose the method that suits you in this article. 

Of course, my most recommended way is to use EaseUS Todo PCTrans. There are no complicated steps or unknown restrictions, and you can quickly migrate files or move downloads to another drive.

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Move Downloads from C Drive to D Drive FAQs

This part will provide related questions and answers about moving Downloads from C drive to D drive. Hope it can be helpful to you.

1. Is it safe to move files to D drive?

Of course, it is safe to move files to the D drive. There is no loss of files or data by moving the file address. On the contrary, if C drive is full, you can move files from C drive to D drive or other non-system drives to reduce the pressure on C drive and improve the performance of your computer.

2. How to move the downloads folder to another drive on Mac?

You can move files by changing the default download location of the downloads folder on Mac:

Step 1. Open the Safari application and click on the drop-down menu.

Step 2. Select Preferences.

Step 3. Check the General tab and change the download location.

3. Can I move videos from C drive to D drive?

Of course, you can move all files from the system drive to the D or other non-system drives, including files, folders, documents, pictures, and videos. The easiest way is to select all files and folders and choose the Copy or Cut option. Then, paste the video or file into the D drive.

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