Have a second hard drive and want to move your personal Windows files and content there? Here’s how.
You have a PC with two hard drives. And you want to move your personal files and certain content from your C drive to your D drive to keep them separate from your Windows system files. Yep, that’s doable, though it does involve a few steps. You have to redirect each folder to its new location so Windows knows where you’ve put it. And you have to tell your various applications, such as Microsoft Office, that your documents and files will be housed in different default folders. But if you follow the right steps, your personal files will rest soundly in their new location, and Windows and your applications will know just where to find them.
Windows creates a Users folder to store subfolders for anyone who has an account on a PC. The folder for your account is home to an array of files and other data, including your contacts, your desktop icons, your favorite webpages, your downloads, your documents, your music, your pictures, your videos, and more. By default, your Users folder is created on your C drive right off the root.
But most PC vendors offer desktop computers with an option to include two hard drives. That option is available for people who need lots of disk space for their applications and files. In many cases, you can choose a solid-state drive as your primary drive and a conventional, mechanical drive as your secondary drive. The benefit is that SSDs are faster than mechanical drives, and so Windows boots up quicker off the primary SSD drive.
So, having that extra D drive or secondary drive can come in handy. But it’s typically empty when you first purchase and set up your PC. To make use of all that extra space, you can create a Users folder on your D drive to store your personal folders. This way, you have lots of real estate for your personal files, while Windows and your applications keep their residence on your C drive or primary drive. Another advantage is safety. If everything is stored on your primary drive and that drive crashes, it takes out not just Windows and your applications but also all of your personal files and documents. But store your personal files on your secondary drive, and a crash of your primary drive leaves those files unaffected.