How Do I Move OneDrive Folder to New Computer? Beginners' Guide

Don't worry if you need a guide on how to move a OneDrive folder to a new computer. Continue reading this article as we'll show you how to do that.

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⏱️Duration: 3-5 minutes reading
🎯Goal: Move OneDrive folder to new computer
💻Supported OS: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and older Windows OS, and Windows Servers.
🧰Tools: Both old and new computers, OneDrive folder, network, OneDrive, PC file transfer software

OneDrive is one of the oldest cloud storage platforms released for consumers and businesses. It is owned by Microsoft and was launched in 2007.

It syncs all your PC's files and folders up to 250GB in size and also offers 5GB of standalone cloud storage space where you can upload and save confidential files in a separate folder.

Thanks to OneDrive, all your important files are stored in the cloud. Also, if you get a new computer, you can move this folder and save a copy of it offline to access it easily.

How to Move OneDrive Folder to New Computer? 

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If you don't know how to move a OneDrive folder to a new computer, don't worry. Continue reading, and we'll show you just how to do that. Here is a list of 2 methods that are capable of assisting you in accomplishing this task like an expert:

  1. #1. Use PC File Transfer Software
  2. #2. Use OneDrive Sync Feature

Both two methods available for all levels of Windows users, but if you are not quite familiar with computing or you have more content to transfer to the new computer, Method 1 is more recommended. 

Relax and feel free to share these two methods to help more people around you who have the same demand in switching OneDrive Folder and other data to a new PC:


Method 1. Use PC File Transfer Software

  • ⏱️Duration: 3-10 minutes
  • 🧰Tools: Two computers, OneDrive folder, network connection, PC file transfer software
  • 👔Who to Use It: Beginners, professionals

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is a PC file transfer program using which you can effortlessly move your OneDrive folder from your old PC to a new PC. You can use the PC-to-PC transfer mode of this program to transfer your OneDrive folder effortlessly, all of your desktop documents, installed apps, and even your computer settings to a new PC.

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This program is easy-to-use, reliable, and supports a wide range of operating systems, from Windows XP to Windows 11. It is also supported on the Windows Server 2003 operating system up to Windows Server 2022.

Try EaseUS Todo PCTrans today to transfer your OneDrive folder from your old computer to your new computer. Here's a step-by-step guide to transferring your OneDrive folder to your new computer:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers. Choose "PC to PC" to go to the next step.

Step 2. Make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction.

"New" - Move data from old computer to current new computer.

"Old" - Move data from current old n computer to remote new computer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 3. Connect two PCs via the network by entering the password or verification code of the target PC. Besides, make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction and click "Connect" to continue.

The verification code is on the right top of the "PC to PC" main screen on the target computer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 2

Step 4. Then, choose "Files" to select files to transfer. Select the specific files as you want. What's more, you can click the Edit icon to customize the storage path for transferred data.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 5. Now, click "Transfer" to begin to transfer files from PC to PC. The size of the file determines the transfer time. Wait patiently.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 5

In case you don't see the folder on your new computer after using EaseUS Todo PCTrans to transfer, don't worry! You should find it in its default location. However, if you don't see it there on your new computer, change the settings in OneDrive to see the folder on your new computer.

If this method efficiently assists you in moving OneDrive Folder to your new PC, share this PC transfer software to help more friends around you:


Method 2. OneDrive Sync Feature

  • ⏱️Duration: 3-10 minutes
  • 🧰Tools: Two computers, OneDrive folder, network connection, OneDrive sync feature
  • 👔Who to Use It: Advanced users

You can also move the folder manually by backing up the files first and then syncing them on your new computer. Once the files are synced, you can download the folders on your new computer.

Here's a step-by-step guide to doing that:

Step 1. Click on the "OneDrive" icon in the taskbar and set it up using your Microsoft account email and password.

Open OneDrive

Step 2. Select what disks/folders get backed up.

Step 3. Allow the disk/folder to finish backing up.

Step 4. Now set up "OneDrive" on your new computer.

Step 5. Allow a few moments for OneDrive to show the synced files.

Step 6. Open the "OneDrive" settings menu by clicking on the gear icon.

Step 7. Click on the "Settings" tab.

Open OneDrive Settings

Step 8. Uncheck "Save space and download files as you use them."

Set OneDrive to save space when download files via OneDrive

Now all of your synced files are stored locally on your new computer.

Tips to Manage OneDrive Folders and Files Wisely

Navigating between the files that have been backed up on the cloud and accessing them can be difficult if you don't back them up the way you need to.

Let me share a couple of tips that will help you access your files immediately and not get lost in the process:

  • Name the files and folders properly.
  • Store the files in an appropriate folder. For example, if you're backing up office files, create a folder called "Office," add the office files to this folder, and then back it up.
  • Disable the Sync feature to avoid file loss.
  • If you have important files to backup, upload them directly to the cloud; however, make sure they're under 5GB in size.


Microsoft's OneDrive is amazing and one of the best cloud storage platforms available. Unlike most cloud platforms that offer less storage space, OneDrive offers 250 GB of storage space to backup your PC and 5 GB of personal cloud space, which is unheard of.

However, moving the OneDrive files to a new computer could be challenging, but with EaseUS Todo PCTrans, you could do that easily compared to the other solution.

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Alongside moving OneDrive files to new PC, EaseUS Todo PCTrans also enables all types of computer owners to switch programs and even settings to their new computers. If you think the C drive is too small to hole OneDrive files, you can also switch and change the default install location of OneDrive from C drive to another drive as shown in this page:

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FAQs About Transferring OneDrive Folders to a New Computer

Do you have any other questions about how to move the OneDrive folder to a new computer? We answer a few of your questions below.

1. How do I change the OneDrive folder location in Windows 11?

If you want to change the OneDrive folder's location on your Windows 11 computer, here's how to do it:

  • Click on the "OneDrive" icon in the taskbar.
  • Select "Help & Settings."
  • Select "Settings."
  • Choose "Unlink this PC."
  • Open the "File Explorer."
  • Navigate to "C:\Users\".
  • Select OneDrive and press CTRL+X on your keyboard.
  • Open the location where you want to move the folder and press CTRL+V.
  • Click on the "OneDrive" icon in the taskbar, select "Sign in," and complete the sign-in process.
  • In the "Your OneDrive Folder" window, select "Change location."
  • Navigate to the folder where you've pasted OneDrive and select it.
  • In the "A OneDrive folder already exists on this PC" dialog box, select "Use this folder."
  • Now select "Next." That's it!

2. Can I change the OneDrive folder location on Mac?

Yes, you can. Simply drag the OneDrive folder to the location you want to move it to, and it will save there.

3. How to transfer files using OneDrive from one computer to another

You can back up the files on your old computer and then set up OneDrive on your new computer. After the setup process, you should see that all of your files have been transferred to your new computer.

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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