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Move/Install WSl distro from C drive to another drive

kapilgorve profile image Kapil Gorve Originally published at on 惻2 min read


I have a small 128GB SSD. I run out of space when I install ReactNative related dev tools. So I wanted to find a way to install/move my existing distro to different location than C drive.

Move WSL to another drive

- Install LxRunOffline tool. choco install lxrunoffline

lxrunoffline list List all the installed distros on your system. I get output like this.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19041.207]
(c) 2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
D:\work>lxrunoffline list
  • lxrunoffline move -n Ubuntu-18.04 -d G:\wsl\ . Move your distro to another drive. My distro name here is Ubuntu-18.04. I am moving it to G drive and wsl folder inside it. It would take some time to finish moving.

You can use the same move command to move your distro from default location to a different location inside C Drive.

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Anmol Tomer

After you do this, need to restart your Windows10 machine only after that you will have your WSL working properly. Should have been mentioned in the article. Wasted an hour reading lxrunoffline and WSL docs.

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After this ,wsl opens only in admin mode.

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Did you manage to solve the root login in wsl after move the WSL?

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Nope , reinstalled on HDD.

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undercontr profile image

But it is not possible to install microsoft store applications to other HDD then the one windows installed in it. I tried it but it login with root with I don't want.