How to Move Downloads Folder to Another Drive

Downloads folder is occupying more and more C drive free space? This tutorial will teach you how to move Downloads folder to another drive safely and easily, so that you can release more free space in C drive.

About Downloads Folder

Have you ever been curious about where the programs are stored in when you download them from the website? Generally speaking, when you download an application or program from the Internet, they will be automatically stored in Downloads folder which locates in Program Files or Program Files(X86) in C drive by default if you don’t change the store path when downloading. With Downloads folder, you can easily see and manage all the files or programs you have downloaded.

Why Move Downloads Folder to Another Drive?

As we mentioned, by default, Downloads folder is stored in C drive in which the operating system is installed as well. If you have been using your computer for a long time, you may download a number of files or programs on your computer, which is taking up the free storage space of C drive bit by bit.

So, in this case, if you don’t develop the habit of cleaning up the Downloads folder regularly, with the free space on your C drive getting smaller and smaller, you will meet a lot of problems: slow speed, frequent stuck of computer, low disk space warning and so on.

Many users are seeking to solve it by changing the default store path, which is absolutely available. However, how about those applications or programs which have already been installed? Obviously, it’s not wise to unload and reinstall them.

For them, the workable and reliable way is to change program files in the Download folder or directly move the Download folder to another drive like D drive which won’t effect the running of system disk.

Furthermore, there are many benefits to move Downloads folder to another drive:

  1. The obvious one is that you can release more free storage space in C drive, so that your operating system can run smoothly.
  2. When you reinstall the Windows OS, which will clean up the C drive, you don’t worry about the loss of the files on Downloads folder.
  3. Once you fail to boot into your Windows, you can still access to the files or programs on it.

How to Move Downloads Folder to Another Drive?

Now, after basically understanding the advantages of changing Downloads folder to another drive, you may want to know the easiest and safest way to make it. A popular Windows partition manager named AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can fully meet your needs and requirements.

This software enjoys a good reputation in managing partitions, featuring with lots of useful and satisfying functions. One of them is “APP Mover”, which can move applications, files, programs, folders (music, video, etc,) and so on to a new location as you wish. Besides, it is compatible with almost all the Windows editions, like Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista, and the newest Windows 11.

So no matter which version you are using, you can experience the convenience the software brings to you. Let’s see how to move Downloads folder to another drive via this powerful software.

STEP 1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right-click the C drive and choose “APP Mover”.

AOMEI partition assistant

STEP 2: In the “move Apps or Folders” window, click “Move Folders”.

move folders

STEP 3: Then add the “Download folder” you want to move to another drive.


add download folder

STEP 4: Choose another drive as a new destination like E drive. Then, click on “Move” to start moving Downloads folder to E drive. Also, you can choose an external drive if you want to move Downloads folder to external hard drive.

choose another drive

STEP 5: Wait a moment for the operation. Finally, click “Finish” and you will see the Download folder has been moved to E drive.

process successful


If you are worrying about the Downloads folder taking up more and more storage space in C drive, now, after reading this post, you have known the benefits of moving the Downloads folder to a new location and grasped the step-by-step tutorial of how to move Downloads folder to another drive to get more free space with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Additionally, you can download this software to enjoy more useful functions, like cloning partition and cloning old ssd to new ssd.


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