In Windows 8.1, SkyDrive is embedded into the operating system and it serves as the default service for storing your files, synchronizing them with other devices, synchronizing your Windows settings, etc. One of the biggest questions I had when working with it for the first time was: How do I change the location of the default SkyDrive folder?. I love SkyDrive, but I want it to store my files in another location than the default. Especially on systems with multiple hard disks, this is a very important question.
Where Does SkyDrive Store Its Data in Windows 8.1?
In Windows 8.1, SkyDrive is also a standard user folder. What does this mean? If you open File Explorer and go to the drive where Windows 8.1 is installed, you will find a folder named Users. Open it and the open your user's folder, which has the same name as your user account. Here you will see your user's standard folders: Documents, Pictures, SkyDrive and many others.
This means that, in Windows 8.1, SkyDrive stores your files at the following location: "C:\Users\Your User Name\SkyDrive". If you want it to store your files on another partition, or in another folder, there's no obvious way to change this default location. At least not from the SkyDrive app or from the SkyDrive section in PC Settings.
How to Change the Location of the SkyDrive Folder?
In Windows 8.1, open File Explorer and select SkyDrive, on the left side of the window.
Right click on the SkyDrive entry and select Properties. Another way is to expand the Home tab on the ribbon and click or tap the Properties button, found in the Open section.
The SkyDrive Properties window opens. Go to the Location tab.
Here you can see the current SkyDrive folder. Click or tap Move and the Select a Destination dialog box is opened. Here you must select the new location of the SkyDrive folder. Browse to the new location you want to use, select it and then click or tap Select Folder.
The new folder is displayed in the Location tab of the SkyDrive Properties window.
Click or tap OK to apply the change. You are now asked if you want to move all the files from the old location to the new location. To make sure you won't lose your existing files, it is best to press Yes and wait for the moving process to be performed.
The SkyDrive folder has now been changed. The new location will be used by the SkyDrive service in Windows 8.1, as well as the SkyDrive app.
As you can see from this guide, changing the location of the SkyDrive folder is easy. It takes only a few clicks or taps. However, if you are a tablet user, it would have been nicer if Microsoft provided a setting in PC Settings. The procedure above is performed at a slower pace, when using touch instead of a mouse and keyboard.