HOW TO MOVE STEAM GAMES ON ANOTHER DRIVE

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UpdatedOct 24, 2022, 11:00 am EST| 1 min read
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Open the Storage Manager window in Steam & create a new Steam Library thư mục on another drive. Then, select your game and click “Move” khổng lồ move it to lớn the new drive.

Steam offers multiple library folders, & you can choose where you want lớn install games when you download them. And, thanks to an update, you can easily move a trò chơi after you’ve downloaded it without re-downloading the entire thing.

This process can save you from downloading tens or even hundreds of gigabytes of game data all over again, just because you got a new SSD và want lớn move a few games. It’s different from moving an entire Steam library folder, which moves every single trò chơi inside it—the following process will let you move only a few games rather than the whole library.


Step One: Create a Second Steam Folder

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First, you’ll need to make a Steam library folder on the second drive if you haven’t already done so. To vì this in Steam, click Steam > Settings. Select the “Downloads” category & click the “Steam Library Folders” button.

Click the plus button near the top.

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Select the drive you want to create the library thư mục on, và click “Add”. A new folder named “SteamLibrary” will be created on the chosen drive.

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The new thư mục you created will now appear along the top with your original steam folder.

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Step Two: Move the Games Files to lớn the Second Library

There are two ways khổng lồ move an installed game.

The Storage Manager Window

The first uses the Storage Manager window, where we just created a new library folder. Select the drive that has the game installed, tick the box next khổng lồ the game you want to lớn move, & then click “Move” in the bottom right.

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In the prompt that appears, select the drive with your new steam folder, và then click “Move.”

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Be prepared to lớn wait for this to finish — games can take up dozens or hundreds of gigabytes, & moving them can take quite a while.

The Games List

To move a game in your library, right-click it & then click “Properties.”

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Click the “Local Files” tab và click the “Move Install Folder” button.

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Select the Steam library you want to lớn move the trò chơi to và click the “Move” button.

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You’re done. Steam will move the game’s files khổng lồ the other library location. Lớn move other games, just repeat this process.

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When installing a game in the future, Steam will ask which library you want to install it to, but you should be able khổng lồ move your games at any time.

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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The thành phố new york Times and Reader"s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read more than one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »
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