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Moving Games to a New Library

Now that we’ve created a secondary library for games, you will want to move the game files to the new location.

  1. Choose “Properties”

    Right-click an installed game and select “properties.”

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  2. Select “Local Files”

    From the pop-up menu, choose the “local files” tab. Go to the bottom of the list below the tab and select “move install folder.”

  3. Move Folder

    A new window will prompt you to select a library to move the game to from a dropdown menu. Select the Steam library you created previously, then click “move folder.”

    That’s it. Steam will move the game’s local files to the new directory, and you’ll free space for that new game or all those cat GIFs.

The process of moving Steam library folders to a different location used to be a lot more tedious. That’s because Steam didn’t have a baked-in feature for moving games without reinstalling them, so make sure you’re running the latest version of Steam to enjoy these quality of life features.

Epic Games: Trick the Store Into Resuming a Finished Download

The Epic Games launcher is one of the more annoying stores with which to move games. First, find the folder where your game of choice is currently installed (like C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite) and move that folder to the new location (like D:\Games\Epic\Fortnite). Then change the name of the folder—something like “Fortnite1” would be fine in this case.

Open the Epic Games store, click the three dots under the game in question, and choose Uninstall. The game should “uninstall” immediately, since the files are no longer there. Click the game to start the installation process again—only this time, choose your desired location on the new drive (like D:\Games\Epic\Fortnite without the “1” you added). Epic won’t install a game to an existing folder, which is why we have to go through this renaming song and dance.

Once the installation starts, click the Downloads tab in the Epic launcher’s sidebar, and click the X to cancel the installation. Now go back to the folder where the game’s files reside on your new drive and delete the new folder—in this case, “Fortnite”—and rename the “Fortnite1” folder to “Fortnite.”

Go back to the Epic launcher and click on the game in question to resume the download. It should see your files on the drive, verify that they’re all there, and finish installing the game without downloading anything.

No Other Options Exist? Create a Symbolic Link

Most launchers should allow a process similar to the above if you want to move your games. If it doesn’t, there’s one last-ditch option you can try: symbolic links. Symbolic links are kind of like shortcuts, except your computer will treat the shortcut as if it’s the actual folder it’s pointing to, so the game files won’t know the difference. 

I’ve yet to encounter a modern game that requires this, but it’s how we used to do things before Steam added the ability to have multiple library folders. It may come in handy in certain situations.

Let’s say we’re moving a game from C:\Program Files\MyAwesomeGame to D:\Games\MyAwesomeGame. Just move the MyAwesomeGame folder, then right-click the Start menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin). Run the following command:

mklink /D "C:\Program Files\MyAwesomeGame" "D:\Games\MyAwesomeGame"

You’ll see a shortcut-looking icon appear in the original folder, pointing to the new location. The game won’t even be able to tell the difference, meaning it should hopefully launch without trouble—and you can reclaim that much-needed space on your SSD.

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2. Moving Your Game Files To The New Library

Now that you have created your new Steam library folder, it’s time to start transferring your games. You can do that by following the steps below.  

  1. Open the Steam client and click Library on the top menu.
  2. Right-click the game you want to move to a different drive and select Properties.The General tab will open. Select Local Files from
  3. The General tab will open. Select Local Files from the left-side menu and then click Move install folder, which should be the last option on the list.Select your preferred location from the dropdown m
  4. Select your preferred location from the dropdown menu and confirm your choice by clicking the Move Folder button. Wait a few moments, then repeat the process for any other games you want to transfer to a different drive.

Note: The speed at which the process completes depends on your system’s performance, mainly the CPU and disk.

FAQ

Can I transfer Origin games to another Origin account?

It’s not possible to transfer your games to another account as the games are locked to only one account.

Can I transfer Origin games to my Steam libraryEA has moved much of their platform onto Steam but it’s currently not possible to transfer games between different platforms.

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