Moving Windows’ Offline File Cache away from C:\

Got a small SSD as your C drive? So do I.
Storing your documents on a network drive? Yep.
Want to index that network drive, to include it in libraries, searches, etc? You bet.

You’ll want to move your offline cache.

  1. Create a folder for your offline file cache. Something like D:\Cache
  2. From an elevated command prompt type the following: takeown /r /f C:\Windows\CSC
  3. Open the Sync Center (typing “sync” into the start menu search field should do) and go to Manage Offline Files.
  4. Click Disable Offline Files and restart the machine.
  5. From an elevated command prompt issue the following commands:
    1. rd /s C:\Windows\CSC
    2. mklink /J C:\Windows\CSC "D:\Cache"
      (or whatever your folder name is, but be sure to use the quotes if you have space(s) in the name).
  6. Reopen the Manage Offline Files window and Enable Offline Files.
  7. Restart the machine.

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