Transfer Steam Games to a New Drive Without Redownloading

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I recently installed Windows 10 on a new 250Gb SSD and naturally enough was keen to start gaming right away, but with Steam installed on another hard drive, what’s the best route to take? In the past with new installs I’ve simply navigated to the old location, the usual default being C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam (substitute C:\ for whatever drive letter the new install has assigned the old drive) and simply ran Steam from there. However, this causes problems for many games as the Steam manifest will logically point to the default location resulting in a game not found error. There is a way round this by editing each game’s manifest in notepad by simply changing the path but it’s time consuming especially when there’s a better way.

Of course, being an SSD of only 250Gb the size of my Steam library was the dominant factor in deciding whether to move it or have Steam find it and reconfigure it. This can be ascertained by finding the original Steam folder, right click, then click properties to reveal the size thus:


Transfer Steam Games to a New Drive Without Redownloading

 · Moving a single game between drives Go to Steam > Settings > Downloads > Steam Library Folders Make a newSteam library folder on the desired new …

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Plan two

It’s true that some games will benefit from running on an SSD, in particular game load times, which should be greatly reduced. In the case of Black Mesa, the game uses the Source engine whose load times are legendary. If you want to move all your games or just one or two to a new hard drive, it’s best to confirm first that you have enough room on the new drive, particularly if it’s an SSD. I wanted to move Black Mesa (Steam Version) over to the new SSD without having to download the game again, yet the actual game is only around 11 Gb, so not as big as to eat up that valuable SSD space. In my case, I did this with a new Steam install and prior to completing the steps in Plan One mentioned above.

If Steam is running close it down and navigate to your new Steam install which should be C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam, create a new folder called steamapps and a sub-folder called common. Then navigate to your old Steam installation and to the corresponding file structure and copy the game folder into your newly created folders in Steam at C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common. Restart Steam, click play on the game title and the program will busy itself with some configurations and then launch the game. Alternatively, if you want to move your entire Steam library from one hard drive to another, copy the steamapps folder and paste it into the new location and remember to COPY and not to CUT; it’s just safer that way. The picture above should help with the path and structure you need to follow.

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Somewhere in the middle of this move, I panicked reading online people say games should be on SSD, so I stopped the move and now have games that will no longer load.

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STEP 3: Start the moving process

The software EaseUS of Todo PCTrans will initiate quickly to move the selected games from hard drive to Solid State Drive (SSD). Just wait for the completion of process.

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.

How to Change Your Steam Library Location

You can also change the location of your Steam library:

  1. Open “Steam” and go to “Steam -> Settings.”Choose “Downloads” on the left side.
  2. Choose “Downloads” on the left side.Select “STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS” on the
  3. Select “STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS” on the right side.Click the “⊕“ icon at the top ne
  4. Click the icon at the top next to the other listed drives.
  5. Click the “dropdown list” and choose a drive to add your new game location.
  6. You’ll now have multiple locations where you can save your games.
  7. To designate a drive as the default library location for your games, return to “Storage Manager,” select a drive at the top, click on the “horizontal ellipsis” (three horizontal dots) on the right-click, and choose the “Make Default.”

How to Fix Hard Drive Crash in Windows 10?

In the following sections, we shall take a look at the methods that can help prevent a hard drive crash or can be used if your system is suffering from a regular hard drive crash.

Apart from the guide on fixing Windows 10 upgrade crash, we also offer you the solutions to Windows 10 crash after an update, computer crash after installing Windows 10, and computer crashes randomly.

1. Running the SFC Command to Deal with Corrupted Files:

  • Open Command Prompt

The process has to be carried out from the Administrator Command Prompt window. To open Command Prompt in Windows 10 for repairing hard disk, you can access it by typing CMD in the searching box beside the Start Menu, right-click over Command Prompt, and select the option of “Run as administrator”.

  • Type the check disk command

You then have to type the command into the Command Prompt window, and press Enter. This would help you to run a complete system scan: sfc/scannow.

  • Run check disk Windows 10

You can then leave the command prompt window open until the command completes its execution. This can take a while depending on the condition of the system. If no error is detected by the command, you’ll see a message which would say, “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations”.

  • Reboot Windows 10 in safe mode

However, if you see an alternate message which might read, “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them”, you have to carry out the reboot in safe mode before doing anything else. For the ones who are using Windows 10, accessing the Safe Mode might be tricky as the booting takes place in a very short amount of time, but it can be done by holding the Shift key while clicking the restart option which will allow them to access the advanced boot options menu. For the earlier variants of Windows, one has to hold up the F8 key while the booting takes place. You then have to run the above command in the safe mode.

2. Check for Memory Leak to Ease Hard Drive Crash:

It can be possible that one of your programs is not releasing the memory it has been using after its completion. This can cause the device to run slowly. You can check for the program that is using the most memory by performing the following steps:

 Open the Task Manager with a right-click on the t

  • Open the Task Manager with a right-click on the taskbar, and click on “Task Manager”.
  • Choose the “Processes” tab.
  • If you are looking to sort programs by their memory usage, choose “Memory (Private Working Set)”.

Event Viewer can come in handy if one is looking to check for program errors and other relevant troubleshooting information.

  • Open Event Viewer by clicking over the “Start” button, follow it up by clicking “Control Panel”, “System and Security”, and then “Administrative Tools”, and then double click on “Event Viewer”. You could be prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, and you can type it here.
  • “Applications and Service Logs” lies on the left pane and can be used to check error events. Double-clicking on any of them would reveal the description. You can go online to look for a link.

STEP 1: To initiate, run the EaseUS Todo PCTrans

On your PC windows of 7/8/10, run the EaseUS software of Todo PCTrans. Move to the ‘app migration’ i.e. transfer mode, and press ‘start’.  

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 single game between drives

  • Go to Steam > Settings > Downloads > Steam Library Folders
  • Make a new Steam library folder on the desired new drive (you can right click on one of these folders to set it as your default installation path, although the next time you install a game, Steam will ask where you want it to go).
  • Move an already installed game to the new drive: Right click on the game in your Steam library > Properties > Local Files tab > Move install folder… > Choose the directory > Move folder

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.

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