How to transfer games from an HDD to an SSD

What Can Cause a Hard Drive to Crash?

The major thing one must realize is that Windows 10 upgrade is the hardware-specific. Therefore, if you are planning any hardware change after installing your Windows 10 upgrade, you should be prepared for a hard drive crash on Windows 10 PC. Many users have to downgrade to the previous variants of Windows to save themselves the trouble of using Windows 10 with a persisting hard drive crash. However, if you move to another hardware component, you would be required to have the activation key and repeat the upgrade process. The consistent hard drive crash issue has been giving users sleepless nights. However, it is not only Windows 10 that causes a hard drive crash. Here, we discuss other factors that can cause a hard drive crash within the system.

Well, to start with your Hard Drive Crash could be due to several reasons. This could be because after the upgrade your RAM isn’t having enough space for the processes to run simultaneously. The corrupted files and programs also contribute to the hard drive crash. The presence of a virus or other malware, along with the Blue screen error can be the reason behind the crash.

However, there is a reason to be optimistic, and most of these errors can be solved. If one is unable to solve the error that is causing the hard drive crash, they could simply seek professional help from the manufacturer after recovering their data using the Wondershare Recoverit data recovery software.


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Extended reading: How to transfer games from HDD to SSD in Steam

Steam is the world’s biggest game distribution platform with millions of users. Most Steam players have more than 1 game on their PC and over time, the storage space may run out; or sometimes, players tend to put their games on SSD to enjoy better performance and shorter load time. Thus, it’s reasonable to transfer Steam games from one hard drive to another. Here, we’ll discuss how to transfer games from HDD to SSD with Steam’s own settings.

1. Run Steam and then follow the path “Steam > “settings”> “STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS”. 

2. Hit “ADD LIBRARY FOLDER”,  select a partition of the SSD, hit “NEW FOLDER” and then, write a directory name.

3. Return to the home interface, right-click on the game you want to move, and click on “Properties”.

4. Select “Local Files >MOVE INSTALL FOLDER”. 

5. Click on “MOVE FOLDER” to start the file transfer. 

Wait a few seconds before the process gets completed. Then, hit “CLOSE” to quit.

As you can see, in Steam settings, you can only move 1 game from the current location to another drive per time and when there’re multiple games to transfer, Steam settings won’t help anymore. Thus, the AOMEI product is the best choice. And if you want to move Epic games from one drive to another, you also have 2 choices – using the AOMEI product or the settings.

Creating Junctions

  • Install Link Shell Extension from
  • Right Click D:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps directory and choose Pick Link Source
  • Right Click C:/Users/<user>/Steam directory and choose Drop as then Junction
  • Open C:/Users/<user>/Steam/Steam.exe and wait for Steam to re-configure itself
  • Log in to Steam
  • Done

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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Why transfer games from HDD to SSD?

Generally, there are two reasons why people transfer games from HDD to SSD.

1. The better game experience is the most common purpose. An SSD is made up of a solid-state electronic chip and DRAM chip, it delivers information by flash memory, which provides much faster write and read speed than a traditional HDD. 

2. People move games from HDD to SSD for free space. Today’s games take up large storage space, year after year, people may find the old hard drive running out of space. Thus, users tend to move their games to new SSDs to make room for other important files and applications.

In view of SSD price per GB is more expensive than HDD, and high-performance can give you a great experience. It is maybe wiser to transfer games from a system HDD to an SSD to save some space on your internal drive.

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.

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