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Move/Transfer Apps and Programs from PC to an External Hard Drive

Updated on Dec 18, 2018 by Brithny to PC Transfer

Summary:
Does your hard drive get full because you have installed too many programs? Moving the apps and programs to an external device is a nice choice. Follow the detailed guide and you are able to transfer programs to an external hard drive.

Case - I need to move my apps.

"Hello. My hard drive is getting full and I would like to move some of my programs to an external hard drive. Please let me know how I can do this and be able to access the programs via the external hard drive without any problem."

As time goes on, you may install a large amount of game software or other software on your computer. To avoid low disk space warning, you may want to move programs to a larger drive and save the newly installed software to it instead of C drive. Indeed the best way to increase C drive space is to transfer programs to an external hard drive.

Problem - Is it possible to move programs to an external hard drive

When you install a program it generally puts a lot of files throughout the hard drive directories and registry, not just in the directory you select. If you just simply copy the programs to an external device, you may be able to install programs to an external hard drive. However, the program will probably only work from that computer you installed from. Thus, you cannot directly drag program files to another drive whether on the same disk or different physical disk. 

Here comes the problem. How can you move programs to an external device and make sure that you can run the program on any other computer? You need to use an application transfer software EaseUS Todo PCTrans to help you effortlessly move or transfer applications to an external hard drive.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is an easy PC migration solution that can help you to move data, apps, and transfer account from one computer to another or to an external device. In only one click, this transfer tool sets up the new PC and makes you a seamless swap, instead of manual copy and paste. No need to reinstall your apps now.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

You can download this software here now and directly launch this software to help you move apps from PC to an external hard drive.

Solution - Move/transfer apps and programs to an external hard drive

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to your computer. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select "App Migration > Start".

select app migration

Step 2. Find and choose the applications (marked as "Yes") that you want to transfer. You can select multiple apps. 

Click "Browse" and select your external hard drive as the destination to store the apps. 

select app migration

Step 3. Then, click "Transfer" to move your programs to an external hard drive

transfer app to external hard drive
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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP