Windows 10 uses the preset standard storage location on the system drive for new apps, files such as music, videos, documents and offline maps.
If you use several drives in your computer, changing the default storage location can be useful. Especially for PCs with a small but fast SSD, you should reserve the limited space there for Windows 10 and selected applications.
Regardless of the default storage location, you can always save your files manually on any drive.
If you select a different data storage device as the default storage location, Windows 10 will not automatically move the apps and files that have already been installed. Instead, additional user folders and installation directories are created on the corresponding disk. These then apply to all apps or files saved in the future.
You can easily manage existing files and already installed apps manually move to the other drive. In the case of apps that do not work with this, you can also place them in the new standard storage location by reinstalling them.
A distinction must be made between this method and the complete method Moving the user folder
You can also use an external drive as the standard storage location. If this is not connected, Windows 10 simply uses the old standard storage location on the system drive. If you reconnect the external drive, Windows 10 will then ask you to move the files stored on the internal hard drive.
The following steps show you how to change the default storage location in Windows 10.
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