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How to Move Windows’ Temporary Folders to Another Drive

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How to Move Windows’ Temporary Folders to Another Drive

Is your computer running slow due to the shortage of space? Here’s how you can save!

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Is your computer running slow due to the shortage of space? Here’s how you can save!

Then you need to transfer some temporary folders to another drive. You may be thinking how to do it. Just continue reading and you will know how to transfer these temporary files to another drive.

The temporary files are created when an application tries to save certain information in a temporary format in your computer hardware. They are also produced when an application does not find enough space for its working or during inter-process communication. Certain application related to video editing and like creates more of these files. Though some of these files are deleted by the mother applications many remain in your system. This happens because of faulty coding of the mother application where the developer has forgotten to put the code for deleting these files.

First, let us know why we should move the temporary files to another drive. The default temporary files are located at the same drive and the operating system that you are using. But depending on the speed of the drive and the different programs that you are running it is not useful to have the temporary files on the same hard drive. It is possible to make the operational speed more by moving these temporary files to another drive. The main reason behind this is that the drive would not be required to process these temporary files while it is doing other works. This will make the working of the main hard drive easier and your computer will run faster. You will be able to overcome the problems like slow start-up, the slow running of programs and slow nature of your computer by doing this.

How to Move Windows’ Temporary Folders to Another Drive

The process is quite simple and can be followed by all. Let us see it step by step.

  • After pressing start you have to go to system and enter it.
  • You have to select advanced system setting over there.

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  • In the system properties window, you have to select advanced and then Environmental Variables.

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  • In this window, there are two variables namely TEMP and TMP which are used by computers to save files in a temporary folder. You need to keep in mind this is user specific and if you have different users then you have to do this for every user. You have to select the TEMP variable and click edit.

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  • Over here you have to create a new path for the TEMP files. You can type or browse it and then click OK. temp-folder-change-5 How to Move Windows’ Temporary Folders to Another Drive
  • You have to do the same for the TMP variables.

When you have done you have to close all windows and restart your computer. As the computer starts it will start saving the files in the new location that you have created.

So, when you have completed the shift you will be amazed at the speed that your computer will give. You will feel like you are working on a new computer rather than your old one.

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