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How to Easily Move Users Folder to Another Drive Windows 10

Jean updated on Sep 21, 2020 to PC Transfer | How-to Articles

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Move Users Folder to Another Drive on the Same PC 3 ways to change user folder location in Windows 10...Full steps
Fix 2. Move Users Folder to Another Computer Install and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans > Choose "PC to PC"...Full steps

Move Users Folder to Another Drive Windows 10

"I wish to move C:\users to a new computer so that I can keep everything resides in the folder, but I search on the internet still have no clue about how to make it happen, the provided solutions are too hard to perform. So, what's the best method for me to move users folder to another drive in Windows 10? The easier, the better."

What is User Folder

The Users folder on Windows 10 is a folder created specifically for each user account configured on a Windows 10 system. This folder contains important library folders, such as Documents, Pictures and Downloads, and also contains the Desktop folder.

Can I Move Users Folder to Another Drive

No. You can not move the entire users folder. Moving user folders can easily cause data loss and the system won’t boot problems. As long as you modify the settings related to the operating system foundation, it may cause actual losses. Be careful when migrating files, especially those about Windows installation and operating system.

However, you can move Windows 10 Downloads or Documents folder under users folder to another drive. If you try to free up disk space or change file location, moving these two folders are work. It is easier to change Documents location in Windows 10, avoiding fatal risks related to moving users folder ultimately.

Can I Move the entire Users Folder to Another PC

Yes. There is nowhere better than using a Windows 10 easy transfer tool to complete the transfer.

Tip
When your move users folder to another drive, you can not move the administrator folder. But you can move it to another pc.

Move Users Folder to Another Drive on the Same PC 

In a nutshell, two groups of Windows 10 users want to move Users folder. One group wants to relocate the folder to free up system disk space; the other group only wishes to make a copy of users folder to some other place, for example, from C: to E:, from HDD to SSD, from one drive to another drive, etc.

3 Ways to Change Users Folder Location in Windows 10

1. Using File Explorer.

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

Step 2. Right-click the Documents or Downloads folder, then choose Properties.

Step 3. Select the Location tab, then click Move to choose the new file location. Click OK to apply.

move file location

The migrated folder will be automatically updated in the quick access bar.

2. Change the value in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

3. Leaving C:\users where it is and using a symbolic link to E:\users.

Tip
The method 2 and method 3 are risky. Don’t try it without professional guidance.

Move Users Folder to Another Computer

As you can tell, the three-way mentioned above are associated with the change file location on the same pc. One of two ways is kind of tricky; you can hardly start without an in-depth instruction. Besides, one noticeable fact is that all three methods won't help when you consider moving users folder to another drive on another computer. Why not consider the last resort?

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is a super easy Windows 10 transfer software, which facilitates the transfer of users folder from one computer hard drive to another computer hard drive. It's the most recommended method for average users.

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Here, the guide shows you a simpler way to transfer user account from one computer to another straightforwardly.

If you need a free tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free can help. (Only 2 Apps/files are supported.)
If you need to transfer many files or a big amount of data, activate this software and follow the guidelines below for help now.

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. 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 "OK", then choose the direction to transfer files.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 2

Step 3. Click "Edit" 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. Click "Finish" to confirm.

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
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