Easy methods to Set up Chrome on a Completely different Drive in Home windows

My PC has a small exhausting drive, so I’ve solely allotted 25GB of house to the C drive (system drive) and retailer all my information in different drives. Every little thing works fantastic – apart from Chrome. In case you don’t know, Chrome provides no possibility to put in it on another drive besides the system drive (i.e. the C drive). And even in the event you transfer the Chrome software to a special drive, its information remains to be recorded within the system drive which simply accounts for GBs of house over time.

After a little bit of analysis and experiments, I managed to discover a easy technique to beat Chrome in its personal sport. With the assistance of junctions in Home windows, you may make Chrome assume it’s nonetheless on the system drive despite the fact that its content material will likely be on a special drive.

If you’re additionally trying to transfer Chrome to a special drive, then preserve studying and I’ll present you tips on how to do it.

1. Delete beforehand put in Chrome

First, that you must delete the contents of any earlier Chrome set up and in addition create a vacation spot folder on a special drive the place you wish to set up Chrome.

Uninstall Chrome and transfer to the below-mentioned location in your PC:

C:UsersYour UsernameAppDataLocalGoogleChrome

Within the above location, substitute Your Username along with your precise username. In my case, it’s Administrator.

Once you attain the Google folder, delete the Chrome folder inside it. Be sure you don’t delete the Google folder.

delete the Chrome folder

Afterwards, go to the drive the place you wish to set up Chrome and create a folder by which you need Chrome to reside. I’ve created a folder with the title Chrome in D drive.

create a folder

2. Obtain and set up the Junction app

Though junctions is a Home windows built-in characteristic, however Home windows natively doesn’t ship with an software to create junctions. You’ll want a third-party junction app obtainable on Microsoft web site. Right here’s tips on how to set up it.

  1. Download Junction app from the Microsoft web site.
  2. It will be in ZIP format. Open the zip file utilizing your most popular extraction device (like 7-zip) and extract the junction.exe (or junction64.exe when you have a 64-bit system) file in C:WindowsSystem32 folder.
  3. extract the junction.exe file

Be sure you set up it within the System32 folder contained in the Home windows, in any other case it received’t work.

three. Create junction utilizing the Junction app

Now that you must create a junction to redirect information from the default Chrome vacation spot to the brand new one. It’s a command line device, so we’ll have to make use of Home windows Command Immediate to create the junction.

Press Home windows + R to open the Run dialog and kind cmd in it to open the Command Immediate.

Command Prompt

Right here that you must enter the below-mentioned command accordingly.

junction.exe "Default location of Chrome" "Your vacation spot location"

It is advisable substitute the areas accordingly within the above command as I’ve talked about and ensure you add the quotes (“”) as properly. In my case, the precise command appears like this:

junction.exe "C:UsersAdministratorAppDataLocalGoogleChrome" "D:Chrome"

Hit enter and you will notice a affirmation that the placement has been focused.

location has been targeted

four. Obtain and set up Chrome

Now go to the Chrome website and obtain and set up Chrome as you usually do. The Chrome software will likely be put in within the default location within the system drive, however its information folder will likely be made within the new location that you simply created in a special drive.

data folder in the new location

There’s no want to maneuver Chrome software to the brand new vacation spot as properly. It’s hardly 300MB in measurement after set up and won’t develop in measurement over time. Nonetheless, in the event you don’t need the Chrome software on the system drive as properly, then observe the beneath directions.

  1. Go to C drive > Program Recordsdata > Google. Right here right-click on Chrome folder and choose Minimize.
  2. Cut Chrome folder
  3. Now transfer to the vacation spot folder the place you need Chrome and paste the Chrome folder.
  4. paste the Chrome folder

Notice: Should you’ll transfer the Chrome software, its desktop shortcut will turn out to be unusable. You’ll must create a brand new desktop shortcut from the brand new location of Chrome.

To take away the junction

Sooner or later, if that you must set up Chrome once more within the default location, then you definitely’ll must take away the junction first. Right here’s tips on how to do it.

Uninstall Chrome and open the Command Immediate. Afterwards, enter the below-mentioned command as described.

junction -d "The default location of Chrome the place you created the junction"

Fill the required subject accordingly. In my case, it appears like this.

junction -d "C:UsersAdministratorAppDataLocalGoogleChrome"

Remove junction


The above course of is perhaps a bit cumbersome, however it’ll certainly be capable to idiot Chrome and make it work from a special drive. It’s good to know which you can additionally use the above technique to maneuver Chrome to a special drive as a substitute of putting in it from scratch.

To take action, as a substitute of deleting Chrome’s information folder, reduce it and transfer it to the brand new location after which create the junction. Do tell us within the feedback when you have any questions.

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