How can I change the storage location of Mail in Windows 10

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I bought a new Lenovo Y700 laptop which comes with Windows 10. When I was trying to setup the email account in the default email client, I could not find the option of changing the storage location of the email. 


My concern is, since my laptop comes with a 128GB SSD, I don't want to store data like email in the SSD, but on the 1TB HDD. Why waste the valuable SSD space?

Any friends here know how? Thanks.

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Hi,

Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.  
I know how this concerns you, let me help you to resolve this issue.

Before we proceed, I need more information to help you better.

  • As per your post, you say" to setup the email account in the default email client," Which email client, are you referring to ?

  • Are you referring to mail app or Microsoft Outlook application or Windows Live Mail?  

 Reply with necessary information and I’ll be happy to help you further.

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Hi, 
Thanks for the prompt reply.

I was referring to the mail app in windows 10.

Any brilliant idea?Thanks.

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Hi, 
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Hi,
 
Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.  
We understand how you feel about the situation. We're sorry for the trouble this has caused.
 
However, you can try this work around to make a copy of the emails before the Mail app sync online mail account and deletes the emails.

Usually Mail app sync them directly from the server mail accounts. Currently we don't have an option to view the storage location of those email on running machine.
 
Let’s try to refer to the suggestions provided by Ashish Sondhi, replied on July 30, 2015, to fix your issue.
 
Hope this information helps you. Kindly post back with the updated issue for further assistance.
 
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Hi, 

Perhaps you focused on the wrong issue.

I know where the email files are stored, but I do NOT want the email files to be stored on C: drive, the windows drive, which is the default storage location set by the Windows 10 Mail app.

My concern is that my C: drive is a 128GB SSD, after partitioning into recovery partition, back up partition, and some other weird partition by Lenovo, there is only around 100GB left. I do NOT want to spend another 10GB or so space to store all the email, both from work and self use.

Let me put the question this way.

How can I change the storage location of the Windows 10 Mail app?

Thanks.

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AFAIK you cannot change where mail is stored in the native mail app.  The folders are so small as to not matter unless you have tons of mail with attachments and if that is the case you probably should not be using it in the first place.

You can save more space my moving the page file and hibernation files (if you need one) to a different drive or partition.

I use a 128 Gb SSD as the OS drive on all my machines and have more than 50 Gb free.

Things I put on my data drive include

Backups

File history if used

Page file etc.
Music/Videos/user data which all should be on a different drive than the OS anyway

Currently I have

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There is no way to do what you want to do.  For the reasons that you're now experiencing, 128GB is not likely to be big enough to use as a system drive in the long run.  My C: drive (not an SSD), after a clean installation a  month or so ago, is at about 103GB. 

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

Indeed, I allocate the files the same way as you do.

C:> Windows and all the softwares/programs/apps

D:> All the Documents/data files

However, in my case, if I can not change the storage location of the email to any drive other than C:, it is going to take up 21GB.


So, seems like I am left with the only choice, that is, keep using Windows Live Mail.

Thanks anyway.

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

That is what I heard from friends and saw from the forums too, and that is why I am trying my best to keep data files off C:.

Too bad Microsoft takes out the advanced choice function in this case.

Thanks anyway.

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It is very disappointing that Microsoft has not made it possible to change the default location for the Mail application.  As the original author noted we do NOT want "data" stored on the "C:" drive.

I hope the Mail application developers change this soon.  TY.

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