How to move Steam games to SSD with steam game mover

Roxanne updated on Apr 16, 2020 to PC Transfer | How-to Articles

Is it possible to move certain Steam games to an SSD

"I am running Windows 10 from a 1 TB Western Digital disk and have Steam installed on this HDD. Recently, I ran out of its space and bought a 128G Samsung 830 SSD. Now I'm thinking about adding the SSD to my PC and moving Steam games to SSD to get some improvement of the performance. For space limitation, I'd like to move a frequently played game, L4D2, the SSD, while keeping other games that are played less often on the HDD. However, I don't know how to move that single game to the SDD while keeping the rest on my old HDD. Is there any Steam game mover tool that can help to transfer Steam games without re-downloading?"

Like the case mentioned above, sometimes you may need to move Steam games to an SSD for certain reasons but have no idea about how to do it. When you are facing such a situation, don't worry! On this page, we would like to introduce you two ways to move Steam games to the SSD. Carry out the one best suited to your needs.

Move Steam games to the SSD by copying Steam games folder

Step 1. Go to "Steam" > "Settings" > "Downloads" and click on "Steam Library Folders".

manual move steam games step 1

At the top and add the new location where you'd like to install the Steam games.

manual migrate steam games to ssd step 2

Step 2. Copy the game folder to your steam games folder on the SSD.

Step 3. In Steam, go to the game you just moved and right-click it and then delete local content.

Step 4. Go to that game again and install it, and when you're prompted to choose the install directory, select the SSD where you had copied the game.

Step 5. At this point, Steam will just do a check and verify the files are there and won't download anything.

Move Steam games to SSD with Steam game mover tool

If you feel the first way is too complex, you can try the second solution - move Steam games from HDD to SSD with a third-party Steam game mover tool. Here you can try EaseUS PC transfer software, a professional and user-friendly utility that can assist you to transfer Steam games to your SSD without reinstalling in a safe and easy way. 


For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans to start

Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your Windows 10/8.1/8/7 computer. Navigate to the "App Migration" transfer mode and click "Start".

choose app migration to transfer games to ssd

Step 2. Choose the games you want to transfer

On the left bar, you need to choose the drive where the games are installed. Next, find the games you want to transfer and tick the box. Since you're going to move the selected games to the SSD, click "Browse" to set the SSD as the target location. Finally, click "Transfer".

choose SSD as the destination drive to save games

Step 3. Initiate the transfer process

EaseUS Todo PCTrans will start immediately to migrate the games from one hard drive to the SSD. Wait for the process to complete.

transfer games to ssd

For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

What to do if Steam error happens

If there is something wrong after the migration, you can follow the solutions below to fix it:

  • Move the SteamApps folder from the Steam installation folder to your desktop.
  • Uninstall Steam (this must be done to remove your old Steam installation settings from the Windows Registry).
  • Reinstall Steam and copy your SteamApps folder back into the Steam installation directory
  • Make sure that you have moved the SteamApps folder into the new Steam installation folder to copy all of your downloaded game content, settings, and saved games to the new location.

If a game has become corrupt, you can also have Steam automatically seek and swap damaged files by verifying the integrity of your local data:

Right-click on the broken game in your "Steam library > Properties > Local Files > Verify integrity of game files"... Then, you can play your Steam games again.

Frequently asked questions

There are some freguently asked questions from the internet, You can get your answers here.

1. Should I put games on my SSD?

Yes, you should. SSDs (Solid-State Drives) perform much better than HDDs in many known aspects, like speed, reliability, and durability. SSDs use flash memory to deliver superior performance and durability. They deliver faster load times for games, applications, and movies. Because of the technology they use, SSDs are lighter and better able to withstand movement and drop page. Their advantages over HDDs are as follows:

  • Faster reading and writing speed
  • Better performance and reliability
  • More energy-saving and less noise-making
  • Stronger durability

As I have mentioned above, it is really a wise choice to put games on an SSD. For your operating system, application programs, and most-used files, you should upgrade to an SSD, as it offers dramatically improved speeds.

2. Can I move games from HDD to SSD?

Yes, you can. You can either <strong>move Steam games to SSD</strong> with the help of a software or manually changing the games folder. Most people are looking for ways to transfer Steam to another drive.

3. How do I move Windows 10 to SSD?

Users can install Windows 10 to an SSD without reinstalling Windows by cloning the system drive with the help of disk imaging software. Also read - how to migrate Windows 10 from HDD to SSD.


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