Windows C drive is the most common place where the Windows system files take place. Many people also store all kinds of software installation files in the C drive. Sometimes, we download files, and our browser stores these files on the C drive naturally. But the C drive doesn't have unlimited space more often, and it's obvious to run out of space when you keep installing games or software in the same drive. If you are also facing the same problem, running out of space or you want to move games from C drive to D drive then we are here to help. In this article, we are going to talk about how to transfer games from C drive to D drive using multiple guidelines. Read till the end to get the exclusive idea of the whole issue, and solve it easily.

Is It Good to Save Games on C Drive? Should I Change Location?

To be frank, no. It's not good to save games on C drive, and you should change location. No matter what you do, one thing is certain that your Windows system files are on C drive. So when you keep saving games on C drive, you'll find the lagging issues on your system, or it will become slow eventually.

So if you don't want your computer to slow down, or you don't want it to provide laggy performance all the time, then it's wise not to save games on C drive. Instead, you can change the location when you install a game or save it on D drive, which will help you keep the system C drive clean and smooth. So you can have perfect experience on your computer, no matter what you do with it.

How to Transfer Games from C Drive to D Drive? 

Many people want to move games from C drive to D drive. To do that, you must follow some step-by-step guidelines so that you can successfully transfer the full game data. This part of the article will show you the solutions on how to transfer games from C drive to D drive.

Method 1. Move Games from C Drive to D Drive by Powerful Software

If you want to move games from C drive to D drive effectively, then you must use a powerful software that can guarantee you successful data transfer. With EaseUS Todo PCTrans, you can quickly transfer all kinds of data from one drive to another without hassle. It's an all-in-one data transfer and recovery tool that will allow you to move games from C drive to D drive in a few clicks. It can also recover data from your dead computer. Various transfer modes, effective transfer methods and simple transfer processes make this tool absolutely accessible for everyone. No matter you are a newbie or an advanced user, anyone can use this tool to transfer or move files between different drives or devices easily.

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Features:

  • It's one of the fastest tools to transfer content between devices or drives.
  • It ensures automatic migration of your files from one computer to another without data loss in one click.
  • It's safe and easy to transfer large files.
  • It even allows you to transfer user accounts and settings.
  • Different transfer modes are available to move data in different situations.

You can follow these steps to move games from C drive to D drive with this powerful software:

Step 1. Connect the destination drive to your computer

Where do you want to place the games from their original location? Use the correct way to connect the drive to your computer, where EaseUS Todo PCTrans is installed. Run the games transfer software, choose "App Migration" and then click "Start".

choose app migration to change the game location

Step 2. Choose the games you want to change the location

On the left bar, choose the original drive where your game programs are installed, locate the games and tick the checkboxes. Click the triangle icon to choose the target drive as the file path. After all the selection, click "Transfer".

choose the destination location

Step 3. Transfer the games to the destination drive

The software will work on moving the selected games from the original location to your customized location. Wait for the process to finish.

click transfer to change the game location

Method 2. Move Games from C Drive to D Drive by Registry

The information used by programs and Windows itself is contained by the registry. In managing your computer, the registry assists the operating system. By changing the registry, you can relocate installed apps. But if you are a newbie, it would be better if you didn't try this method because your system may crash if you misplay the registry. Still, if you want to know how to transfer games from C drive to D drive, just follow the steps below.

Steps to move games from C drive to D drive by the Registry:

Step 1. First, you need to open the File Manager and open the D drive location. In the D drive, create a new folder named "Program Files (86)".

move games from c to d drive by registry

Step 2. To the new folder, copy "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" directories next.

 copy Program Files and  Program Files

Step 3. In the search bar, insert "CMD" and right-click it. Then choose "Run as administrator."

 insert CMD and right-click it

Step 4. Next, you need to press "Enter" after inserting the following commands.

Robocopy" C\ Program Files" " D\ Program Files" / mir

Robocopy" C\ Program Filesx86" " D\ Program Filesx86)" / mir

Here, the drive letter of the created file is "D."

Step 5. Then you need to type "Regedit.exe" after pressing "Win + R."

Step 6. In this step, search for the folder path and change the C to D drive.

Windows 10: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion.

Windows 7/8/8.1: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion.

search for the folder path

Method 3. Move Games from C Drive to D Drive by Windows Utility

If the low disk space shows up an alert in C drive, it means that the partition doesn't have enough free space. It can cause the PC to run slower and apps to respond late. However, plenty of space is available in your D drive or any other drive. To deal with the problem, it would be better to transfer programs from C drive to D drive by Windows Utility. Though, sometimes, this method doesn't work on all the apps/games. You should know that the more effective method is provided at the article's beginning.

Steps to move games from C drive to D drive by Windows Utility:

Step 1. From the Control Panel in Windows, you can change the location of certain apps. First, you need to press "Win + R" and open the Run box.

Step 2. To open control the panel now, click "OK" after inputting "Control."

 click OK

Step 3. From the control panel, you need to click on the "Programs" option.

Step 4. Then select the "Program and Features" option from the "Programs" page.

Step 5. After that, you will see a list of installed programs on your computer. Give a right-click the program that you want to move, and select "Change." Then simply change the drive to your desired location. If the program you want to move doesn't have any "Change" option, try Method 1 of this article to move programs safely.

right click the program and select change

Conclusion:

If you want to move games from C drive to D drive, you'll definitely need a working method that can guarantee you the safe transfer of all the data. Unfortunately, some methods are very technical that you'll need to perform advanced commands and follow tough steps to succeed. This will never be the case if you start using EaseUS Todo PCTrans. This program will guarantee you 100% no data loss security and successful data transfer when you need to change the game installation location. So we hope you choose your method wisely if you don't know how to transfer games from C drive to D drive.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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