How to move a Steam game to another drive, the easy way

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Steam offers multiple library folders and you can choose where to install games when you download them. And thanks to an update, you can easily move a game after downloading it without downloading the whole thing again.

This process can save you from re-downloading tens or even hundreds of gigabytes of game data just because you have a new SSD and want to move a few games. It’s different from moving an entire Steam library folder, which moves every single game in it – the following process allows you to move just a few games instead of the entire library.

Step One: Create a Second Steam Folder

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

Click the plus button at the top.

Click the plus button

Select the drive on which you want to create the library folder and click “Add”. A new folder called “SteamLibrary” will be created on the chosen disk.

Select the desired drive and then click "To add."

The new folder you created will now appear at the top with your original Steam folder.

Both original and new steam folders visible at the top

Step Two: Move the Game Files to the Second Library

There are two ways to 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 where the game is installed, check the box next to the game you want to move, then click “Move” at the bottom right.

Select the disc containing the games, click the checkbox next to the game, then click "Movement."

In the prompt that appears, select the drive containing your new Steam folder, then click “Move”.

Click "Movement."

Be prepared to wait for this to finish – games can take up tens or hundreds of gigabytes, and moving them around can take a long time.

The list of games

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

Right click on the game you want to move and then click "Characteristics."

Click the “Local Files” tab and click the “Move installation folder” button.

Click "Local files"then click "Move the installation folder."

Select the Steam library you want to move the game to and click the “Move” button.

Click "Movement."

You’re done. Steam will move the game’s files to the other library location. Repeat this process to move other games.

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

Select which Steam library folder you want to use.

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