(Four Ways) Move Users Folder to Another Drive Windows 10 or Windows 11

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Move Users Folder to Another Drive Windows 10 or Windows 11

As a frequently used folder, the user folder saves many files that may occupy all room on the C drive. It is a folder created specifically for each user account configured on a Windows 10/11 system, which contains important library folders, such as Documents, Pictures, and Downloads, and also contains the Desktop folder.

Are you want to tweak the user folder location for free disk space? Let's see 4 solutions for changing file location in Windows 10 or Windows 11.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. EaseUS Todo PCTrans (Easy and Fast) Step 1. Create a backup file of the user folder; Step 2. Restore the user folder to the destination drive...Full steps
Fix 2. Manual Ways

1. File Explorer...Full steps

2. Windows Settings...Full steps

3. Registry Editor...Full steps

EaseUS Todo PCTrans's latest version supports moving Users folder to another drive, transferring the Desktop, Files, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Downloads in a few seconds. Trust EaseUS in fix 1! For more options, you can try the other 3 methods on fix 2. But manual w ays may fail and only works to move files one by one. 

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Can I Move the Entire Users Folder to Another Drive

No. You can not move the entire user folder. However, you can move Windows 10/11 Downloads, Documents, Pictures, Videos, and Music folder under users folder to another drive.

Because the user folder contains very important system files. Moving entire 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.

If you try to free up disk space or change file location, moving these folders are works. It is easier to change its location in Windows 10 or Windows 11, avoiding fatal risks related to moving users folder ultimately. Let's see the steps in the following part. 

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EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free is a super easy Windows 10/11 transfer software, which facilitates the transfer of users folder from one hard drive to another hard drive. It's the most recommended method for average users. The user folder transfer tool also works well in app migration.

If you have such demands to move file folder or programs to another drive, click the download button and change folders location in one click.

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Here, the guide shows you a simpler way to transfer the user folder from one hard drive 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 to a Pro Edition and follow the guidelines below for help now.

Step 1. Create a backup file of the user folder

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your Windows computer. Navigate to the "Backup & Restore" mode and click "Start".

choose image transfer mode to create a hard drive image

Hover your mouse over "Data Backup", and click "Next". Later, confirm the default settings of the file name and file path, or you can customize the settings on your own.

choose create image file to create a hard drive image

Now select the items you want to transfer to the other hard drive. To transfer user folder from one drive to another, hover your mouse over "Files", check the files and folder you need to transfer, and click "Back up".

EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows users to back up user folder, including desktop, files, music, pictures, videos, and downloads.

choose files to create a hard drive image

Step 2. Restore the user folder to the destination drive

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and follow the same way to reach the step of selecting a transfer method. This time choose "Data Restore" and click "Next".

choose recover via image file to restore the image file to other drive

Choose the existing backup file presenting on the interface, or navigate to the exact file path where the backup file is, click "Restore".

click recover to restore the image file to other drive

You're back to the "Files", the backup file is viewable here. You need to click the 'Migration Settings' to set the target location, which is the other hard drive, and save the changes. After the basic settings, click "Restore". Wait patiently until the transfer process is over. 

More Info: Can I Move Users Folder to Another PC

Yes. There is nowhere better than using a Windows 10/11 easy transfer tool to complete the transfer.

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

Windows 10/11 Move Users Folder to Another Drive (3 Manual Way) 

In a nutshell, two groups of Windows 10 or Windows 11 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.

Solutiond Pros Cons
Using File Explorer Move user folder to another drive one by one easily. Files can not move at one time.
Using Windows Settings Change files location by a few clicks. Can not save files to the specific folder.
Using Registry Editor Quickly locate your folder. Hard to use. May fail on Windows 10/11.

1. Windows 10/11 Move User Folder to Another Drive via File Explorer

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

Step 2. Click This PC, choose the target hard drive from the devices and drives option.

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Step 3. Open the new drive location, choose the location where you want to save. Click New Folder and name it as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos.

Step 4. Go back to the user folder's location (C drive).

Step 5. Right-click the Documents or Downloads folder, then choose Properties.

Step 6. Select the Location tab, then click Move to choose the new file location. Click OK to apply.

move file location

Step 7. Select the folder with the same name in E drive.

move user folder to E drive

Step 8. Click Apply and Yes.

move folder alert

Then your data will be saved on the E drive. If you want to restore it to the default location, you can right-click the folder and choose Properties. Under the location option, choose Restore Default.

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

Tips:How to Restore the Folder Location

If you regret to change the folder's location, you can apply the steps below.

Step 1. Run File Explorer and move to the user folder location.

Step 2. Right-click folder > Choose Properties > Select Restore Default under the Location tab.

Windows 10 move user folder to another drive - Restore user folder

2. Windows 10/11 Move Users Folder with Windows Settings

Step 1. Open Windows settings > System > Storage > Change where new content is saved

windows settings storage 1

Step 2. Choose the save location.

windows settings storage 2

3. Windows 10/11 Move Users Folder via Registry Editor 

Step 1. Press Windows + R to bring up the Run box. Input regedit and press Enter.

registry editor 1

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

registry editor 2

Step 3. Right-click files and click Modify.

registry editor 3

Step 4. Input the drive location. Then restart your PC.

registry editor 4

As you can tell, the three-way mentioned above is associated with the change file location in a manual way. One of two ways is kind of tricky; you can hardly start without in-depth instruction.

Besides, one noticeable fact is that all three methods won't help when you consider moving more folders at one time to another drive on another computer. Why not consider the EaseUS Todo PCTrans?

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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(Four Ways) Move Users Folder to Another Drive Windows 10 or Windows 11

Try smart Windows 11 data transfer tool to move all data in 1 click.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans

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