Full C Drive: How to Move Your Files to a SharePoint Folder

The C drive, also called a hard drive, is the primary storage location on a computer which contains the operating system, computer files, and other user data. However, you may encounter the “Full C Drive” error and need to free up some space.

This error indicates that your hard drive is running out of space, which can lead to several issues such as slowing down the system speed, crashing software, problems with saving and installing files, and so on.

In this article, I will explore some of the causes, and effects, and how to move your files from C Drive to ShareFolder for effective computer performance.

Let’s get started.

An Overview of the “Full C Drive” Error

As earlier mentioned, the C drive is every computer’s primary storage and contains system files and folders, typically labeled as “Local Disk (C:)” in Windows Explorer.

However, when you see the “Full C drive” error prompt, it means you need to free up some space on the C drive, and ignoring it can pose a threat to the functionality and performance of your computer.

While there are several ways to solve this error, including using disk cleanups, uninstalling unused software, etc., you can also move your files to a cloud-based service such as OneDrive and SharePoint.

Causes and Effects of a Full C Drive

Typically, a full c drive can be very frustrating as it may affect the proper functioning of your computer and limit your experience. However, just like any other issues, full c drive errors also have their causes and effects

In this section, I will explore some of the causes of the “Full C Drive” error and the effects this error can have on the functionality of your computer.

Causes of a Full C Drive

While there are common causes of a full c drive, below are the most common causes:

1. Too Many Large Files and Folders

Keeping a stack of large files on your computer like software programs and multimedia files can easily consume disk space. Also, unnecessary folders like system logs, cached data, etc., can grow over time and contribute to a full C drive.

2. Too Many Installed Software

Furthermore, the installation of too much software without proper management can also lead to a full C drive. This is because some software may create many log files or save temporary data which easily consumes the space.

3. Excessive Downloads

Also, excessive and frequent downloading of internet files such as documents, movies, and even music without proper management or organization can gradually fill your C drive.

4. System Restore Points

Another cause of a full C drive is the system restore points — the automatic files created by Windows that help you restore your system’s working condition. However, they can occupy a large amount of disk space.

5. Accumulation of Temporary Files

Finally, the accumulation of several temporary files from installed software or the operating system should be deleted, as they only fill up your C drive and have zero effects after installation.

Effects of a Full C Drive

Some of the effects of a full c drive include:

1. System Deceleration

When the C drive is full, it decelerates your system speed and affects the smooth functioning of the operating system. Ordinary tasks or operations like launching a program, will take longer time to complete.

2. Inability to Save New Files or Install Software

Another effect of a full c drive is the inability to save new files and install new software which can limit the overall functionality of your computer and impede your productivity.

3. Regular Software Crash

Also, a full c drive can result in the performance of your software, leading to frequent crashes, which can lead to the loss of valuable data and disrupt your workflow.

4. System Unresponsiveness/Booting Failure

Finally, you can encounter system unresponsiveness or booting failure. This can be very frustrating and may require a technical expert to troubleshoot.

How to Move Your Files from C Drive to a SharePoint Folder

As earlier stated, several causes and effects of full C drive can impede the overall functioning of your computer.

However, there are effective solutions to free up some space and restore your system to full functioning such as uninstalling unused software, deleting unnecessary files, moving files to another drive, etc.

Here, I will explore one of the solutions — moving your files from C Drive to SharePoint — a collaboration program that allows for easy storage, sharing, and collaboration on files and documents.

Let’s go!

1. Setting Up SharePoint

  • The first thing to do is to set up SharePoint. To do so, make sure you have access to your organization’s SharePoint with the necessary permissions that allow you to create folders.
  • After setting up your SharePoint, the next thing is to create a folder. To do that, go to any document library and select “New” and “Folder” then rename it.

2. Organizing your Files

  • Now that you have created folders, you should organize your files in C drive before you transfer them to SharePoint. You can create folders and subfolders, and then transfer related files into their respective locations.
  • Also, consider deleting unnecessary or outdated files to make sure you are only moving relevant files to SharePoint to avoid clutter.

3. Uploading Files to SharePoint

Now, you can start transferring the files to the folders you created in SharePoint. To do that, navigate to the newly-created folder and open it.

There are 3 main ways to upload your file:

  1. Dragging and dropping them: Go to your File Explorer window on your computer and navigate the files you want to transfer. Then select them, and drag them into your SharePoint folder.
  2. Using the upload button: In your SharePoint folder, click on the “Upload” button to browse through the files on your computer. You can then select the file you want to upload and click “Open” to upload.

3. Sync SharePoint with OneDrive: Finally, you can sync your SharePoint folder OneDrive if installed on your computer. With this, you can directly access and manage your SharePoint files from your File Explorer.

Just click on the “Sync” button and follow the prompt.

No matter what method you use, you must wait for your files to get uploaded. However, this depends on the size and amount of files being transferred. Just be patient for the files to finish uploading.

4. Check for Verification and Make Necessary Adjustments

  • Once you are done uploading, do not forget to go through the SharePoint folder to make sure all your files are intact. You should also verify if your folder structure matches the file organization on your C drive.
  • Do not forget to also adjust permissions as SharePoint lets you control permissions for each of your files and folders, protecting it against unauthorized users.


In conclusion, transferring your files to a SharePoint folder is a very helpful way to solve the “Full C Drive” error which can restore your computer to full functionality.

By following the steps discussed in this article, you can smoothly move your files from the C drive to SharePoint.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article. You can also check out this article on how to import Excel creation dates from SharePoint to Power BI.

Thanks for reading!