How to manage file storage efficiently in Windows 10

Recently Microsoft made it easier for the Windows 10 devices with the limited storage to deal with the app installations by just tweaking the option in Storage settings to install new apps on an external drive. Here let us see how to save the local storage space by saving files onto the secondary storage automatically.

Microsoft has adding lot of new features in Windows 10 and also continuing many of the features existing on Windows Phone 8. Storage sense one of such example which allows the users to change the default locations of music, documents, photos and more. Let us see here how to save the files to a different drive.

How to manage file storage efficiently in Windows 10

  • Go to the Settings apps > Storage and under Save locations, change location for every particular type of file.

Only disadvantage about this feature is that, it will save only the files to these locations after changing the settings. If you have stored the files in the Documents folder or any other folder, then those files will not be moved to the new location.

Move old file to the new location

Though this is a best option which let you to save your space on your local storage, but it can let some users into confusion. This option will not change the location for the folders listed under This PC in File Explorer. Most of the users can end up with saving and moving files in two different locations by mistake without knowing. To avoid this you need to change the settings in storage and you also need to change the location of your account folders to the new location.

For this,

  • Navigate to File Explorer > This PC and in the Folders option right click on Documents folders and click on Properties option.
  • Navigate to Location tab and click on Find Target button and browse to new location for document’s folder.
  • Now copy path from address bar and come back to the Location tab and paste the path in the field and click on Apply button.
  • This will open Move Folder dialog box and here click on Yes to move the content from old location to new destination. Do this for every folder you change settings in the storage.


You need to know few more things,

  • Ensure that you are using an external drive which you don’t disconnect very often.
  • When you change the save location settings, files will be stored inside the folder with your account name.
  • Be consistent on how you save the files on moving forward.
  • If you disconnect the external drive anytime, save the location settings which would be helpful when you reconnect the drive.
  • Saving the files to the secondary location doesn’t replace backup of your files, but this an option which help in cases like when Windows installation gets corrupted.

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