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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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Create a New Steam Library
To create a new steam library, you’ll first need to set up a new directory for your Steam games, which is a straightforward process.
- Install Steam
If you haven’t already, install Steam. Next, open Steam. With the Steam client open, click “Steam” in the utmost left corner. Then, choose “settings” from the dropdown menu. That will launch a separate window.
- Click “Downloads”
In this window, on the left-hand navigation pane, click “downloads.” Then, on the right-hand pane toward the top, click “Steam library folders.” The process will look like this.
- Add Library Folder
From there, choose “add library folder,” then navigate to the corresponding drive and click “add new folder.” Give the directory whatever name you like. Once you’ve done that, click “select” to add it to your Steam library folders.
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.
Moving a Library
We just covered moving Steam games individually, but maybe you want to move an entire library to a new drive. It’s quite easy to amass a swelling collection of installed games, especially if you fancy the unrepentant glut of Steam sales. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Whatever the case, moving Steam libraries is simple.
Before starting, we recommend making a backup of the Steam library folder you’re moving, in case things run afoul. You can create a copy to keep locally or use Steam’s backup feature.
Step 1: Create a Steam library folder following the instructions above, then close the Steam client.
Step 2: Browse to the Steam installation folder to be moved. Once there, delete all files and folders except for “Steamapps” and “userdata.”
Step 3: Cut and paste the Steam library folder into the new path you created. For instance, it could be called E:\SteamLibrary
Step 4: Reopen Steam and log in, then point Steam to your new directory and verify game files if necessary. If you encounter issues, try uninstalling and reinstalling Steam. The Steam support page can also be helpful.