Switch Default Drive from C: to D:

Hi there,

I recently purchased a new computer where the hard drive is partitioned into a smaller C drive which is just a boot drive and larger D drive which is meant for everything else. I am having trouble because the C drive is the default drive for installation of new programs, saving user files, etc. but my C drive does not have sufficient space for this. While some programs allow me to choose an alternative address for installation, other programs do not and just use the default drive. 

I have tried switching the default under Setting/System/Storage, but the problem persists. I also tried manually editing the program directory via Regedit, but this just caused problems when trying to install new programs as the installations would crash.

I would be very grateful for any advice anyone can offer. 

Thanks!

Hi Shamila, I am Rob a volunteer, and a 10 time and dual award MVP specializing in Windows troubleshooting and Bluescreen analysis.

These should help :

Change default Program Files installation directory location in Windows
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/change-default-pr...

Move Windows 10 Apps to another Drive
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/move-windows-10-a...

How To Change Default Install Location Of Apps In Windows 10
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-change-defaul...

Please let us know the results and if you need further assistance.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current
Microsoft MVP Windows and Devices for IT 2009 - 2020

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Sounds like you have a Hybrid drive but its not being used.

Press Windows key + X
Click Disk Management
Could you take a screenshot then post it in a reply here?

If the D: drive is larger than C:, I would try partitioning the drive.

Here is an article how to partition a drive:
https://www.groovypost.com/howto/create-partiti...

Name one Partition 'Files' and the other 'Apps'.

Open the Files partition, create a folder and name it: ShamilaCharania

Press Windows key + R
Type: %userprofile%
Hit Enter

Right click your Documents folder
Click Properties
Select the Location tab
Click Move
Browse to the Files partition we created earlier then select ShamilaCharania folder.

Repeat the same steps for other folders such as Pictures, Videos etc.

Open Start > Settings > System > Storage
Under More storage settings, click 'Change where new content is saved'

In New apps will save to list box, choose the 'Apps' partition we created earlier.

Open Start > Settings > Apps > Apps & Features
Select any large app you have downloaded from the Windows Store
Click Move, choose the 'Apps' partition
Best,
Andre
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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Last updated November 28, 2020 Views 63,560 Applies to: