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How to Move Steam Games to Another Drive

New HDD or SSD? Here's how to move your Steam games over

Updated: Mar 15, 2023 5:24 pm
How to move steam games to another drive

Games have been getting larger over the past decade and have now reached a point where you’d be lucky to install a game onto your remaining 50GB of storage. With that, Steam decided to offer their valued users a “multiple library folder” facility which meant users could move their chosen games to another drive without having to go through the monotonous task of redownloading the files.

This process effectively saved users having to redownload hundreds of gigabytes of game files in order to move a couple of games to another drive.

In this following article, we’re going to explain exactly how to move a game(s) from one drive to another in a simple step-by-step guide. Whether you’ve got a new SSD and want quicker loading times, or just want to free up some space on your main C drive, this guide will show you the easiest way to move your games. Let’s get into it!

Moving Steam Games to a different drive

Before we actually move any games, we need to do a bit of PP.

PP in this scenario means preliminary preparation if you weren’t aware, and this means creating a secondary Steam folder where your games will eventually be moved to.

To do this, you need to follow the steps below:

Creating a secondary Steam folder



Open the Steam Library folders

Find and locate the Steam Library Folders Tab. You can find this by navigating to it via this pathway from the menus at the top of the Steam client: Steam>Settings>Downloads>Steam Library Folder.

Steam Library Folder



Add a new library folder

Click on the Steam Library Folder tab. Inside, you will see your current Steam library folder. Underneath, there should be a tab labeled “Add Library Folder” Select it.

Add Library folder



Choose where to place the library folder

You will now be asked to choose where you would like your new Steam Library Folder to be. You need to click the “New folder” tab and choose which drive you want to use from the drop-down menu. Click Ok and give the new library folder a name.

Select a drive

Your folder should look like this when created, with the name you chose.

showing Steam library

Moving your game files



Choose the game you want to move

Now that we have your new library folder created, it’s time to move some games into it. You do this by opening steam, selecting library, right-clicking the game you want to move, and selecting properties.

Selecting a game



Select where to move your game files

Click the Local Files tab and select “Move Install Folder”.

Select new folder



Move your game files to the new folder

It should automatically find your secondary Steam folder. If it doesn’t, just click the drop-down menu and navigate to it. Once located, click Move folder.

Move game

You are now transferring all the files from the original source to the new folder. The progress bar will let you know how long is remaining.

Once the game has completed the transfer, the process is finished. You have successfully moved the game to another drive. If you want to move any more games, simply repeat the process.

When you install games from now on, Steam will ask you which library you would like to install the game onto. You now have the freedom to choose which drive to use before the installation process.

If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to drop us a question in the comments section below, and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

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