Where Are OneDrive Files Stored Locally on Windows 10?

Where are OneDrive files stored locally on Windows 10? This time, you’ll have an overview of OneDrive and know where OneDrive files are saved locally. Also, to free up space, another software will be introduced to help change OneDrive folder location Windows 10.


By Michael / Updated on August 25, 2023

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Where are OneDrive files stored locally? My C drive is almost full and I hope to move OneDrive along with its local files to another drive but I don’t know the path of those files. Anyone can tell me?

Where are OneDrive files stored locally?

Microsoft OneDrive, formerly called SkyDrive, is a file hosting service and synchronization service operated by Microsoft as part of its web version of the office. This cloud service allows its users to store different files and personal data including Windows settings or BitLocker recovery keys in the cloud, share files, and sync files across different devices like PC, MAC, and consoles.


Generally, once users upload a file to the cloud, the same local file will be created on their PCs. Usually, it’s saved to C:\Users\[username]\OneDrive. Over time, as more and more files are uploaded to the cloud server, there can be more and more local files created. Thus, they take up much storage space on the C drive and finally cause the C drive full issue.

As for Mac, the OneDrive folder is usually put in the location users selected, for example, Documents > Microsoft User Data > OneDrive; As for Android, it has 2 places where you can open OneDrive conveniently - the app drawer and the launcher.

How to stop OneDrive from syncing files to the local C drive?

As OneDrive local files will gradually take up the storage on the C drive, you can disable the synchronization between the cloud server and your PC. Namely, files will be stored in the cloud server but won’t be stored locally on the C drive. Next, follow the steps to learn how to stop OneDrive from syncing files to your PC.

Step 1. Click on the cloud icon in the lower right corner of the desktop and hit “Help & Settings”.

Step 2. Click on “Settings”.

help and settings

Step 3. Under the tab of “Account”, click on “Choose folders”.

choose folders

Step 4. Find the folder where OneDrive files are stored and uncheck it. Then, click on “OK”.

Now, once you upload a file to the OneDrive cloud, it won’t be stored locally anymore.

Best way to change OneDrive folder location on Windows 10

Where are OneDrive files stored locally? You’ve got the answer in the content above, and also, you’ve learned users can save much storage space for C drive by disabling the synchronization between the OneDrive cloud and their PCs. However, if you hope to keep easy access to those files, then, storing those files on your local C drive is still inevitable.

To do this, we need to find another workaround – change OneDrive folder location Windows 10. In this way, you can move all OneDrive files from C to D, E, F, or other bigger drives.

But how to do it? Luckily, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is here. With it, you can move all kinds of Apps including OneDrive, Microsoft, and games from an original drive to a target drive within only a few clicks.

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Different from the copy-and-paste method, with this software, you won’t suffer from any boot file loss which enables you to successfully launch the transferred App. More than this feature, you can also move User profile folders to another location when encountering insufficient storage.

How to change the OneDrive location on Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11? Now, let's try this powerful disk management software to move OneDrive from one folder to another easily.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. When the main interface appears, right-click the drive you need to move the applications and choose "APP Mover".


Step 2. Select the C drive and hit “Next”.

select c

Step 3. Tick “Microsoft OneDrive” and select another drive as the destination drive. Here, we take the E drive for example. Then, hit the “Move” button.


Step 4. When prompted, hit “OK” for confirmation and the transfer will get started.


When it’s finished, hit “Finish” to quit.

Now, navigate to the E drive and see whether those OneDrive files can be opened properly.


Where is OneDrive located? Where does OneDrive store files? In the post above, now you know the OneDrive files are all stored in the C drive, and also, you’ve learned how to disable the synchronization between the OneDrive cloud and your personal computer.

In the second half of the post, we introduced third-party software to free up C drive space by changing OneDrive folder location. Hopefully, you can make use of what I told you to solve your problems. If you want to use AOMEI Partition Assistant on Server, please try its Server edition.

Michael · Staff Editor
Michael is a professinal editor of AOMEI editor team.