How to move the My Documents folder

Are you afraid that your computer will crash one day and take all your valuable data with it? We'll show you how to proactively move the My Documents folder to another physical drive.

Are you afraid that your computer will crash one day and take all your valuable data with it? A proactive way to help avoid data loss is to move your documents, photos, music, etc., from the Windows system drive to another physical drive.


Windows uses special folders like, My Documents, for quick access to files, but are stored on the system drive (C:), alongside the Windows operating system. Here's how to change the default location of the special folders:

Step 1: Browse to C:\Users\username, where "username" is the name of your Windows user account.

Browse to C:\Users\username
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: Right-click on the special folder, My Documents and select "Properties."

Step 3: In the "Location" tab, click on the "Move" button, then browse to the new location you've chosen.

Click the Move button to choose another location
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 4: Repeat the procedure for each special folder you want to move.

That's it. Now your files are free from the system drive. If Windows or your C drive go kaput one day, your data will be safe on another drive. Of course, this isn't a substitute for a good backup scheme. We recommend regular backups to ensure that you can also recover from hard-disk failures, viruses, and other catastrophes.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at


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