Move user Documents and Desktop to OneDrive

The PowerShell script below was design to move Documents, Music, Videos, Pictures, Favorites and Desktop to a sub-folder in a connected OneDrive. In theory the script does not depend on OneDrive and could be adjusted to any other destination.

While it normally is wise to engage GPOs to adjust those paths to internal server resources, this is not possible easily while using OneDrive. The script therefor works better here.

What it does

  1. is the current path per folder accessible
  2. does the target path exist
    1. YES: adjust the registry respective folder targets to the target path – FINISHED
    2. NO: create the target folders – see 3.
  3. is the source path on the same volume / partition – like C:
    1. YES: see below – 4.
    2. NO: check if there is enough free space for the amount of data needed to be moved
      1. YES: see below – 4.
      2. ALMOST: YELLOW warning – see below 4.
      3. NO: RED error – you could still proceed or simply close the script
  4. move the data to the new target folder
  5. remove the old folder – if not possible rename it

The script retains the special icons for the folders and engages the Windows API to adjust the folder paths.

What you need to do

  • Adjust the target-path in the top of the script
  • If desired, adjust the minimum free space value (2 GB by default) for the warning in regards to the free space – this only matters if the source and target volume / partition aren’t the same

To start the script, either right click and say run with PowerShell or run it directly in a PowerShell. This script will need to execute in the user-context and does NOT need administrative rights.