How to move heavy apps & games to another drive in Windows 10

As you install more and more Windows applications, your system’s primary partition eventually fills up with program files, which may result in poor system performance. In windows 10, you can make use of its inbuilt feature to move applications installed from Windows app store, but there isn’t any provision to move the ones you have installed from outside the Windows Store, doing so by yourself may leave the software useless. If your primary drive is running out of free space, then you might have to consider Steam Mover for the job, which would help you move programs to another drive or external storage devices.

Steam Mover is a free Windows app built to help heavy gamers to move bulky games to another location of your choice, using a built-in feature called XCopy. It makes a symbolic link to the new location from the default one, makes your system to think that all the pieces are in the same place it is supposed to be – but at the same time, all that bulky apps data actually resides in another location you were chosen. This application doesn’t work on an FAT32 formatted drive. So, first of all, ensure that the drive where you would like to move installed applications is NTFS formatted.

Using Steam mover, things may go wrong while moving applications, so just to be on safer side, consider creating a full system backup before you start moving apps around.

Steps to move program files to another drive with Steam Mover

Step 1: At first, download the Steam Mover Windows application and run it as an Administrator. Since this is a portable Windows app, you don’t have to install it.

Run Smart Mover as Admin

Step 2: Upon starting Steam Mover, it will list applications and games you have installed on your system. If it’s not, use the browse button under the “Steam Apps Common Folder” and point it to the program file folder where applications and games are installed.

Steam mover interface

Keep in mind that if you are using 64-bit Windows 10 Operating System, then the application you would like to move might be installed under Program Files (x86) folder. So check both Program Files and Program Files (x86) folder.

Step 3: Now choose the destination folder where you want to move the application to, by using the browse button under the Alternative Folder label on the top right side of the window.

Selecting destination directory in Steam Mover

Step 4: Once you’ve got the source and destination folder, just select the app from the list it shows, and click on the right-arrow button shown at the bottom of the program window to initiate the process.

Moving apps in steam mover

You may see a command prompt window flashing on the screen during the process, don’t worry, it just hinting that the chosen application is being moved. Once the process is completed, the application window gets refreshed to reflect the changes, showing the new directory path, indicates that the junction point has been made.

Moved apps in Steam mover

Even after the relocation of Windows apps, you will find that moved application folders still retained in C:Program files. It’s because the program creates a symbolic link to the new folder location with the previous folder, hence removing those folders will also remove the link to the new location, and it may leave the application wasted. So don’t even think to delete them for extra room.

In case you want the application back in original location, just select the app you’ve just moved and use the left arrow button at the bottom.

Also See: How to relocate installed Apps using Windows 10’s native feature.

Hope this article would help you clean up c drive by moving applications and games to other drive and gain some extra space.

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