How to Move Programs from HDD to SSD in Windows 11/10

How to move programs from HDD to SSD in Windows 11/10 without re-installing? Learn how to use an app migration tool to move installed apps and programs from HDD to SSD, or SSD to HDD, or from one SSD to another with simple clicks.

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Q: How to move apps from HDD to SSD without reinstalling them?

"I added a new SSD to my laptop. And I assumed that it would be as normal as before but with a good performance and an increase in speed. But after I turned on the laptop, everything was new, as found on a new laptop. All my apps were gone. The HDD is still there on the laptop and only includes all of the files in it. Now I want to know, is there a way that I can move my apps from the HDD to SSD without reinstalling, without affecting any of the files? Hoping for a solution to this asap." - A user from


If your computer gets full very soon after installing the necessary apps, programs, and software, you may want to move them to another SSD or HDD to free up space. Or you may try to move favored applications and programs from HDD to SSD for better performance and faster speed.

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⏱️Duration 3-5 minutes
💻Supported Systems Windows 11/10

Windows PC, SSD(with enough space)

⛏️Tools PC transfer tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans

App Migration Tool(Safe and Quick)

Manual Ways(Needs more time)

Change the Default Location Path of Programs

For users who are looking for a way to move their installed apps, programs, and software from HDD to SSD or from SSD to HDD without reinstallation, you are at the right place. Here in this article, we'll show you a highly effective PC transfer software to transfer programs from HDD to SDD directly.

Meanwhile, you can also learn manual ways to move Windows 11/10 programs to another drive with Windows built-in utility. Let's get started.

How to Move Programs from HDD to SDD With an App Migration Tool

As we know, when you want to transfer programs from HDD to SSD, a simple file-move operation won't be successful because program files are distributed in dozens of locations on your hard drive. Moving any of them will cause the application to fail.

Then, how do you transfer installed programs from one drive to another without start-up problems? The simplest way is applying an app migration tool, and EaseUS Todo PCTrans Professional is the one you can't miss. As a powerful tool, it has a simple interface to allow all users to use it.

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Now, download this PC transfer software and follow the steps below to move apps, programs, and software from one drive to another in Windows 11/10.

Step 1. Connect new SSD or HDD to your PC and Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans

1. Connect the new SSD or HDD to your computer and initialize it to make the drive accessible.

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

select transfer mode

Step 2. Select apps, programs on the source disk and select SSD or HDD as target disk to transfer

1. On the source partition where you installed apps, tick desired programs (marked as "Yes") that you'd like to transfer to your SSD or HDD.

2. Click the triangle icon to select the new SSD or HDD as the destination and click "Transfer" to move the selected programs.

select apps to transfer

Step 3. Wait for the transferring process to finish

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

Then you can restart your PC to keep all the changes and you can run the transferred program on your new SSD or HDD again.

finish transferring apps to SSD/HDD

After this, you can reboot the PC to keep all changes, and then you can run your apps, software, and programs without any problems.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans offers one-stop solutions for all your data transfer needs, including files, apps/programs, user accounts, and settings. It provides three optional PC transfer modes.

  • Move applications from one drive to another: Support many popular programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe software, Google Chrome, and Steam games. Copy installed programs between hard drive partitions. For example, transfer programs from C drive to D drive.
  • Transfer data between two PCs: Transfer applications, data, accounts, and settings to a different computer by network connection. You can share files between two laptops using WiFi in Windows 11/10.
  • Transfer by backup-and-restore: Transfer files from the source PC to the target PC by backup and recovery when there is no internet connection. Create images of your files, programs & account.

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How to Move Apps from HDD to SDD in Manual Ways

In this section, we will show you two ways to move apps from HDD to SSD or from SSD to SSD in two manual methods. Both of these approaches have obvious drawbacks. Let's take a look.

1. Transfer Programs from HDD to SSD with the Windows Apps Move Feature

The process displayed below only works for apps that you have installed from the Microsoft Store. 

1. To move a third-party program or traditional desktop programs to SSD without re-installing, you need to use the PC data transfer software posted above.
2. Microsoft does not recommend moving the installed program's file location because it may cease to run. The safe way is to use EaseUS Todo PCTrans or uninstall and re-install the program.

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

Go to apps and features

Step 2. Choose the app 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 Apps to SSD by Uninstalling and Reinstalling

The last way to transfer programs from HDD to SSD is by uninstalling and reinstalling them. If it is a large software, it takes a lot of time to download and install from the internet. Wait patiently.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel and select "Programs and Features".

Step 2. Choose the program you want to move and "Uninstall."

uninstall a program

Step 3. Click "OK" to confirm the uninstallation.

Step 4. Re-install the software through installation media or download it from the internet. You can change the installation drive and path to the new SSD or HDD.

The manual ways require you to be more patient and careful. Next, we will continue to introduce how to change the default location path. If you like this page, you can share it with your friends by clicking the social buttons.


How to Change the Default Location Path of Programs in Windows 11/10 

If you want to change the default install location of apps and programs on Windows 11/10, that's simple. Follow the steps below to do it. 

Step 1. Press "Windows + I" to open Windows Settings. Click "System" > "Storage."

go to storage

Step 2.  Find Save locations. Set the storage path to save apps. 

move prorgams from hdd to ssd


In this post, we cover three ways to move programs from HDD to SSD:

  • Locally transfer installed apps from one drive or disk to another with EaseUS Todo PCTrans. There are no restrictions with this method. You can move any software unlimited.
  • Move software downloaded from the Microsoft Store to SSD or HDD with the Apps Move feature of Windows.
  • Manually uninstall and reinstall applications with new installation locations on SSD.

Comparing the three methods, the most effective one to move programs from HDD to SSD is definitely the first one. With EaseUS Todo PCTans, you can set up a new hard disk drive or new computer instantly and easily.

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How to Move Programs from HDD to SSD FAQs

Do you know how to move programs from HDD to SSD safely and easily? Here, we provide some other questions and answers related to moving games and programs. Keep reading.

1. How to move installed programs to another drive?

You can move installed programs using the professional app mover or by using Windows' apps and programs feature:

  • Hold down Windows+I to open Windows Settings.
  • Select Apps and Features and scroll to the application you want to move.
  • Select Move and select New Drive to confirm the move.

2. Can I move games from HDD to SSD?

Of course, you can move games to SSD, and with the professional game mover - EaseUS Todo PCTrans, you can even move Steam, Epic, Blizzard, and Origin to another drive. In addition, you can also move Steam games to SSD using the move-install folder feature.

3. How to migrate OS from HDD to SSD?

The methods provided by Windows for migrating files and data do not apply to migrating systems. If you only want to migrate your system to SSD, you can use the cloning tool to create a system image of your PC and restore it to SSD.

About the Author

Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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