How To Move Steam Games To Another Drive

Running out of space on one of your drives? Here is a super simple guide on how to move Steam games to another drive with ease.

Acquiring Steam games is straightforward, but determining where to store them can be perplexing when you wish to manage your computer’s memory.

By default, Steam creates a directory where users can download all the files necessary to launch a game. Users can change this location or create an additional one if required.

This can be confusing if it is your first time doing it, but worry not, as the guide below explains the process in detail.

If you wish to relocate your Steam games to another drive, keep reading to find out how.

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1. Creating A New Steam Install Directory

To transfer your Steam games to another drive, you first need to establish a new install directory. You will have to do this through the Steam client, so ensure it is on your PC before commencing the procedure.

Follow the procedures below.

  1. Open Steam on your PC and click on Steam, which is in the top-left corner of your screen, then Settings. Look at the image below if you can’t find them.
    Clicking Steam Settings
  2. In the open panel, choose Downloads, then click on the Steam Library Folders button on the right.
    Clicking Downloads and Steam Library Folders
  3. You will now see a configuration panel on your screen. Here, you need to click Add Library Folder to open the path-selection window.
    Clicking Add Library Folder on Steam
  4. Choose your preferred location using the path-selection tool and create the new directory. The panel is quite self-explanatory and doesn’t require any prior experience with Steam.
    Note: Make sure you create the directory on a different drive, not a different folder on the same drive.
    Choosing location and creating new directory in Steam
  5. When you’ve done this, the new directory will appear in your list of Steam Library Folders. The next time you start a game download, you will be able to choose this directory as your preferred installation location.
  6. You can now close the panels you opened during this process and move on to the next step, transferring the game files.

2. Moving Your Game Files To The New Library

Now that you have created your new Steam library folder, it’s time to start transferring your games. You can do that by following the steps below.  

  1. Open the Steam client and click Library on the top menu.
  2. Right-click the game you want to move to a different drive and select Properties.
    Right click game to transfer and select Properties in Steam
  3. The General tab will open. Select Local Files from the left-side menu and then click Move install folder, which should be the last option on the list.
    selecting Local Files and Move Install Folder in Steam
  4. Select your preferred location from the dropdown menu and confirm your choice by clicking the Move Folder button.
    Wait a few moments, then repeat the process for any other games you want to transfer to a different drive.

Please be aware that the time it takes for the process to finish may vary based on your system’s performance, especially the CPU and disk.

Reasons To Move Your Steam Games To A Different Drive

Other than the obvious storage-saving reasons, there are other benefits to transferring your Steam games to a faster drive, such as an SSD.

Games with longer loading times will benefit greatly from faster disk drives. You might also see a better in-game performance if you have previously noticed textures loading slowly while playing.

Examples of such games include:

  • Rust
  • PUBG
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • GTA V
  • The Witcher 3
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Civilization VI

If you examine carefully the list of suggested system requirements, at least for some of the more recent titles, you will observe that the developers recommend installing the game on an SSD (Solid State Drive) instead of a standard HDD (Hard Disk Drive).


Moving your Steam games to a different drive can have clear benefits and also helps to reduce the overall load on your main system partition.

Now that you know how to do this, you can feel free to install a new SSD or HDD in your system without worrying about wasting time and bandwidth re-downloading your Steam library.

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Bojan Veselinovikj

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