How to Move Minecraft to Another Hard Drive on Windows 10 | Move Minecraft to SSD

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
#1. EaseUS Todo PCTrans Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select transfer mode; Step 2. Select apps and another drive to transfer...Full steps
#2. Three Manually Ways

1. Windows Settings...Full steps

2. Redownloading...Full steps

3. Copying the .minecraft Folder...Full steps

Two user scenarios that need to move Minecraft to another drive:

Case 1. Move or transfer Minecraft Java edition to an SSD

"I have recently purchased an M.2 that goes along with my hard drive (HDD). I would like to move Minecraft to the SSD because it will be a lot smoother and faster than on the hard drive." - A user post in Reddit

Case 2. Transfer Minecraft completely to HDD to save space

"I just got a new laptop. With a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. I have Windows on my SSD, plus some software that had to be installed on the C drive, my SSD is almost full. Then, the problem is how to move some large games such as Minecraft to the HDD to clear up space for SSD." - A user problem from the forum of planetminecraft.com.

How to move Minecraft to another drive

Whether you want to migrate Minecraft to a larger HDD or an SSD, you can use the methods in this article to make it. You can learn how to move Minecraft to another hard drive without losing any data via a PC data transfer tool or move the game manually.

[Further reading: How to move Blizzard games to a different drive]

How to Move Minecraft to Another Drive with an App Migration Tool

Games are in large size and the installation files are scattered around, so manual cutting and copying won't migrate the Minecraft game securely. The simplest way to move Minecraft to another drive on Windows 10/8/7 is taking an app migration tool for help.

You can migrate Minecraft from one drive to another without any boot problem or reinstallation by using EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

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EaseUS Todo PCTrans provides one-stop PC programs transfer solutions.

  • Move software from PC to PC: Copy installed programs from one PC to another with license key without redownloading.
  • Transfer programs without internet: If your network connection is not stable, try to create a backup file of a program and transfer it to another computer with a USB or external storage device.
  • Migrate app on local disk: Save C drive space by transferring programs from C drive to D drive or other partitions or even to an external hard drive.

Now, free download this PC application transfer software and use it to move Minecraft to a different drive in Windows 10. You can also use this tool to transfer Minecraft to an external hard drive. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select transfer mode

On the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans, go to "App Migration" section and click "Start" to continue.

select transfer mode

Step 2. Select apps and another drive to transfer

1. Select the source partition and tick applications, programs and software (marked as "Yes") that you'd like to migrate.

2. Click triangle icon to select another drive or disk as your target device and click "Transfer" to start the migration.

Select apps to migrate

Step 3. Finish the migration process

When the transferring process finishes, click "OK" to complete.

You can restart your PC to keep all the changes, and you should be able to run your migrated apps on the other drive again.

finish app migration

How to Move Minecraft to Another Drive Manually in 3 Ways

If you insist on manually migrating the Minecraft, there are three options you can take.

1. Transfer Minecraft to Another Hard Drive in Windows Settings

Windows allows users to move games from one drive to another with its Apps Move feature. But it only works for apps that you have installed from the Microsoft Store. If you want to move the Java version of Minecraft or transfer a third-party program, Windows does not support, you will need to use the above PC data transfer software.

Step 1. Press Windows + I keys to open "Windows Settings". Click "System" > "Apps & features". 

Go to apps and features

Step 2. Choose the Minecraft game you want to move. Click "Move".

move apps and features

Step 3. Select the new drive and click "Move" again.

move apps to another ssd

2. Move Minecraft to Another Hard Drive by Redownloading

If you don't like to use the PC app migration tool, you can move Minecraft to another by uninstalling it and installing it again but select a different location to install it to.

Step 1. First, uninstall Minecraft from the original hard drive. Open Control Panel and select "Programs and Features".

Step 2. Choose Minecraft and click "Uninstall."

uninstall a program

Step 3. Re-install the Minecraft game from the internet or Microsoft Store. You can change the installation drive and path to the new SSD or HDD.

3. Migrate Minecraft to Another Drive by Copying the .minecraft Folder

Follow these steps to move Minecraft to another hard drive by copying its folder.

Step 1. Go to find your .minecraft folder, which should be located in %appdata%\.minecraft on your computer.

Step 2. Copy to move your .minecraft folder. Copy the entire .minecraft folder to another drive.

Step 3. Change the game directory. You need to change the game directory to make sure Minecraft runs properly.

Open your Minecraft launcher and click "Edit Profile". when the Profile Editor window opens, tick the Game Directory check box and type in the new directory: D:\Games\.minecraft. (Let's assume that the other disk is D:)

How to move Minecraft to another drive

Step 4. You can check to see if you have the right directory by clicking the "Open Game Dir" button. Then, click "Save Profile" to exit. The Minecraft will now be on the target drive.

Minecraft Migration Summary

Minecraft is a sandbox-style construction game. Players can create and destroy numerous blocks in the three-dimensional space of the game, and even experience different game modes in multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds to create exquisite buildings, creations, and artworks. Minecraft's game platform has included mobile devices and game consoles.

In this post, we've talked about how to move Minecraft to another drive on Windows 10 in several ways. You can easily move Minecraft from one drive to another using app migration software. Or you can manually migrate Minecraft to a different drive in Windows Settings or change the location of the Minecraft file.

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How to Move Minecraft to Another Hard Drive on Windows 10 | Move Minecraft to SSD

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