Steam – How to Move a Game Into Another Drive Without Having to Re-Download it

Have you ever had the dilemma wherein you’ve had a game from Steam that’s inside your game library for quite some time, and you want to change the directory as to where that game is originally located? Perhaps the first thing that would pop up into your mind is “I have to re-download the entire thing all over again!” Well, not to worry; just read on to know how you can change the directories of your games without having to re-download GBs worth of data all over again.

Steam - How to Move a Game Into Another Drive Without Having to Re-Download it

Changing the Directory of Your Steam Game

Step 1 – The first thing to do is to create a second Steam folder. To do this, head to the application and then click on Steam > Settings. In here, select “Downloads” and then click on the “Steam Library Folders” button. In the small window that pops up, click on “Add Library Folder,” then just select the drive wherein you want to create your new folder. Otherwise, you can just click on any existing folder that you like. Once you’ve got your new selection, click on “Select” to choose the new folder.

Step 2 – Once the new Steam folder has been created, head on to File Explorer or Windows Explorer to navigate to where you’ve just created your new folder for your games. In here, you should be able to see a “steamapps” folder that is found inside the main folder. Should it be missing, just right click inside the window and create a new folder and name it “steamapps” without the quotes.

Step 3 – Within the steamapps folder, do a right click and create another folder, this time naming it “common” without the quotes. Now head on back to the Steam client and locate the installed game that you want to be moved. Right click on the name of the game and then select “Properties.” Click the “Local Files” tab and then click on “Browse Local Files.”

Step 4 – You will then be taken to the game’s folder within your main Steam library folder. In here, click on the common folder found in the address bar to go up a level. Copy (don’t Cut) the entire contents of the game into the common folder found in your secondary game library folder. Wait for it to finish, and head on back to the Steam client. Now, uninstall the game and re-install it, but instead of the client downloading the entire program, just select the new folder where the game is located. Just follow the next steps that the Steam client tells you and you’re good to go.


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