How to move the default location of the server folders in the Dashboard on a new hard disk or partition By Mariette Knap Windows Server 2016 Essentials dashboard, move server folders If you are setting up a new server with Windows Server 2016 Essentials as the operating system or you are migrating from an older OS, it is always a good idea to separate the operating system from your user files. I create a system drive as large as 256 GB and another partition for the user files. That ‘user’ partition or drive can be on another disk subsystem, or it is part of your storage pools if you have any. In this example I have two hard drives, one is 512 GB and the other one is 1 TB. I want to move all user related files, folders and shares to that 1 TB drive. 1. Initialize a new disk and create a new volume Let us have a look in Server Manager –> File and Storage Services –> Volumes and then Disks. In our example, we have added a new disk of 1 TB and this one is new and clean. We need to initialize the disk first before we can create a volume on it. We initialize this disk as a GPT disk, click Yes. GPT stands for GUID Partition Table and is the new way of doing things. MBR has hardly used anymore on modern servers. Right-click the disk you just initialized and choose new volume Next Disk 2 was the one I just initialized. Choose the disk and click Next I choose to specify the maximum size available. Click next. Assign a drive letter, click next. Give the volume a meaningful name; I choose Data. Click Next Confirm the selections and click Create. Click close if the wizard has completed. In the overview of Volumes and Disks, we can see that our server has a new Volume with drive letter D: 2. Open the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard and move your Server Folders Open the Dashboard, choose Storage and highlight the folder you want to move and click Move the folder Next In the new location, you see it automatically choose the correct drive and it will also create the same folder structure as it already had. Click Move folder. Click next. You can ignore the warning about Shadow Copy; we will fix that later. Click Close In the Storage overview, you see that the Company share moved to its new location. I would do that with all the Server Folders. 3. Enable Shadow Copies on your Data drive In explorer right click the new volume and choose Configure Shadow Copies. You can also do this before you move folders with the wizard in Dashboard. That way you prevent the error as shown in step 4. Click Yes. Highlight the D: drive and click Enable. Click Yes. If you need more information about 'enabling shadow copies' click the link in the window. Click OK and you are done.