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How to Move Appdata Folder in Windows 10 – Tutorial

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Written by Kelly Houstan

The AppData folder is actually a folder that is created via Windows 10. It is hidden via default, however, can be accessed directly if a user selects to show hidden files and folders on their system. The folder is actually located at the root of each and every user’s user folder. Just read this article to know all about How to Move Appdata Folder in Windows 10 – Tutorial. Let’s start!

How to Move Appdata Folder in Windows 10 – Tutorial

Well, we have talked in length about the AppData folder on Windows 10. And the three sub-folders that it also contains; Local, LocalLow, and Roaming as well. These folders also contain other folders created through apps. Apps install to the C drive, however, they save user-specific data to the AppData folder e.g., Chrome’s profiles are saved in the AppData folder actually.

It can also get pretty big and also end up taking substantial space on the C drive (or whichever drive is your Windows drive) as well. Users cannot move this folder the way they can also move an app installation since apps are hardwired in order to look for it in its default location. If you guys have to move AppData, you will have to use a junction or a symbolic link as well.

  • You have to decide where you want to move AppData to, and also move the folder to the new location.
  • You guys must now create a junction link to the AppData folder at the following location;
C:\Users\YourUserName
  • Then just open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  • You have to run the following command but update the file paths.
    • ‘path to junction link’ should be replaced along with this path C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData
    • ‘Path to target folder’ should also be replaced along with the path to the AppData folder at its new location.
mklink /J "path to junction link" "path to target folder"

Example

mklink /J "C:\Users\fatiw\AppData" "D:\AppData"

Undo AppData Move

If you guys later decide you’d like to put the AppData folder back where it originally was, then you can do that easily.

  • First of all, you have to open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  • Run the following command in order to remove the junction link that you created. However, update the path in the command before you even run it.
rmdir "path to junction link"
  • You can move the AppData folder back to the following location.
C:\Users\YourUserName

Conclusion

Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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