An average internet user downloads a lot of stuff, be it software programs, media files, game files, documents, etc. Whenever you download something in Windows, it will be automatically stored in the Downloads folder. This is great because you don't have to dig through different folders to find the downloaded file. Also, this eliminates the need for your installed applications to create or set their own downloads folder. In Windows, each user has their own downloads folder within their home directory located within the Windows installation drive. To be more specific, you can find the downloads folder at C:\Users\<username>\Downloads\.
Over time, the downloads folder will be crowded and takes up the precious hard drive space in the C drive. This is especially true if you don't clean up your downloads folder regularly. Filling up C drive limits the number of applications you can install and might even show low disk space warning if you are running out of space. Not to mention, when you re-install Windows or when you cannot boot into it, you might lose all the files in the downloads folder. To avoid that, you can move downloads folder to another drive in Windows 10. This makes sure that you are not filling up the C drive with random downloads. Personally, moving downloads folder to another drive is one of the first things I do after installing Windows. As I don't like littering my C drive, moving Downloads folder gives me the peace of mind.
Here's how to move downloads folder to another drive in Windows 10.
Note: I'm showing this in Windows 10 but the same method will work on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
- Benefits of moving downloads folder to another drive
- Steps to move downloads folder to another drive in Windows 10
Why Change Default Downloads Location in Windows 10? (Benefits of Moving Downloads Folder)
There are many benefits to moving downloads folder to another drive. Here are some of them:
- As all the files are stored on some other partition or drive, you will have more space in C drive.
- Ability to access downloaded files even when you are dual booting.
- The downloaded files will be safe even when you reinstall Windows.
- The downloaded files can be accessed even when you cannot boot into Windows.
Since the benefits are out of the way, follow the procedure below.
Move Downloads Folder to Another Drive
Before you can move downloads folder, you first have to create a new downloads folder in the new location.
1. Open the File Explorer with the keyboard shortcut Win +E. Go to the drive where you want to move the downloads folder, right-click and select "New > Folder." Name the new folder as "Downloads." The name doesn't have to be Downloads, you can name it whatever you want. In my case, I created the Downloads folder in the root of
2. After creating the folder, right-click on the original Downloads folder under Quick Access and select the option "Properties."
Note: If you can't find the download folder under Quick Access, you can find it under your home directory
C:\Users\<username>\. Replace <username> with your actual Windows username. Once replaced, it looks something like
3. In the properties window, go to the "Location" tab and click on the "Move" button.
4. In the Select a Destination window, go to the folder you created earlier, select it, and click on the "Select Folder" button.
5. The new location will be added to the properties window. Click on the "Apply" and "Ok" button to save changes.
6. You will be prompted whether you would like to move all the files from the old location to new location. Click "Yes" to continue. I recommend you to move the files so that you can access all the files in the new location.
7. As soon as you click on the button, Windows will move all the files to the new location. Windows will also change the folder icon automatically. This is your new default Downloads folder in another drive.
From now on, anything you download will be automatically stored in the new downloads location. Just like before, you can access the new downloads folder from your home folder or by clicking on the "Downloads" link under the "Quick Access" section in the File Explorer.
You can use this exact method to move any folder in Windows to another drive or location. If you like this article, do check out how to delete Windows BT and Windows WS folder to free a lot of waste space in the C drive. Comment below to share your thoughts or any problems you face when moving downloads folder in Windows.