Guide : Move software/games to another drive/partition without reinstalling.

My First guide so any feedback is very welcome.

EDIT!
Please note that STEAM seems to allow more then one game library now :) . This is still good for other games and programs
/EDIT!

This is a quick and easy(or dirty) guide of moving a program or game from one drive to another without uninstalling. It has some limitations the biggest one being that a copy + paste to move files will not copy over NTFS security permissions, but for most games and programs this is not a problem.

I will be using the freeware program Junction Link Magic, but use of mklink or linkd work as well(but this is more easy for a new user)

Download Junction Link Magic. Install this first. It will scan your system for existing junctions/symbolic links and mounting points. This can take some time, but it will finish.
DO NOT MESS WITH THE ONES IT FINDS, Most are NEEDED for windows to operate properly.
http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm

This guide is aimed at moving programs and games ONLY and was not for moving parts of the operating system or users folders. For that you may wish to look here for more info on moving the Users folder(While not recommended, many users have done so without issues.)
http://lifehacker.com/5467758/move-the-users-directory-in-windows-7
Thanks to djscribbles for the link

Why would I want to do this?

1. You have an SSD/HDD setup and want to move some games/programs off to the hard drive to save SSD room(No reinstall required).
2. You have a second hard drive and want to move programs/games off to make more room(No reinstall needed).
3. You have a HDD/SSD system and want to place your most demanding games on the SSD(without reinstalling).
4. Your drive is almost full. While the linked files appear on the drive, they will not take space :)

So as you see the real reason for this is to avoid uninstalling and reinstalling a program/game when you need to move it to a new drive(thus avoiding having to reconfigure or patch).

A bit of background on this(just covering what you will need to know).
Windows(linkd for 2000/xp and mklink for Vista/7/8) has the ability to redirect requests for a certain directory to another directory on another drive.

The nice thing about this is that while the data now resides on another drive, your programs still see them selves on the install drive(you are not limited to moving from c to another drive/partition's folder). This makes junctions transparent to software and even the end user(you will see what looks like a shortcut arrow on junction folders to remind you what it is).

Why does this matter you you?
If you want to move a game/program from one drive to another, you have to uninstall it then reinstall it. In many cases this requires you to download patches and whatnot.

Why not just copy and paste the game and edit its shortcut?
Some games will allow this(mostly MMO games), but many other games and programs will have registry entries pointing to locations on the install drive so when you move the program/game, those entries are no longer valid and things may not work right.

What will this guide do?
In a nutshell, you will being moving a game/program to another drive(copy + paste), then removing the contents of the games folder in its installed location(you need the folder empty). You will then create a junction from the “old” location to the “new” location. As soon as this is done, you will see the files from the new location show up in the old location, but they will in fact be in the new location. After that, you can run your game/program as you normally would.

Step by step how-to
Step 1
Find the folder for the game/program you want to move.
Either use “(My) Computer”(explorer by holding Start + E) to navigate to the folder containing the game. If you are unsure of the games location, you can always check the properties of its short-cut and in most cases right clicking a shortcut will give you an option to “Open file location”
See image below

Step 2 and 3
Now you can copy and paste(ctrl + c for copy and ctrl +v for past or use the right click method) that folder containing the game/program to the new drive. In my case it will be going to my “games” folder on drive d, Your location may be different
See image below

Step 4
Wait...


Step 5
Once the copy and paste has been completed, you can remove the files from the game/programs folder in the old location(the folder needs to be empty to create the junction).

Make sure you are in the “old folder”, you can leave the files in the recycle bin just in case, but worst case, you should be able to copy + past the files back if you run into problems


Step 6
Open Junction Link Magic and select the “Create...” button. The create screen may take a bit to come up, it almost seems random, but it will show up. You can maximize that window to see things better when it opens as well.

Step 7
Now on the LEFT side select your “OLD” now empty folder and on the RIGHT side select the “NEW” folder once you are sure you have selected the right folders you can hit create.

Step 8
You will get a warning about adverse effects and being sure, select Yes


You should instantly see all the files you have removed from the old folder are back, but they are all on the other drive. Try your program/game then empty the recycle bin.


You can use this to almost any program or game, but I do not recommend messing with moving parts of windows as that can cause lots of problems. If you do not want to use the linked method above for moving users folders, each folder(default folders in your users folder) has a Location tab in its properties to allow easy moving of those. Its not perfect, but better then nothing for newer users.

If you need to undo this, you can either remove the junction in the Junction Link Magic. You may need to do a refresh to get the new junction to show up.
OR
Just delete the junction folder(the "old" one with the shortcut arrow on it) and then copy the program back from the "new" location, your program will not notice the difference. This is useful if you need it back on the old drive or get a bigger SSD. some users also may wish to move a game off the drive to free space, but want it back if they start to play it more often.

Questions or comments?
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  3. Very interesting. I only usually keep no more than 10-15 games installed at any given time but once my SSD comes in, I'll have 1.5 TBs of hard disk storage... Will certainly give this a try if I need more space on the new drive ;)
  4. Let me know if you have any questions or comments once you try this.
  5. Nice Guide @nukemaster...

    I have added a link to this guide in my Useful SSD Articles - Part 2 sticky, as this is a tweak that is useful with SSDs.
  6. Thanks :)

    At least it will be more easy to find.
  7. Dragging this up five months later, but I mad this account just to say thanks to the author! You helped me free up like three hundred GBs of space on my C Drive after I hooked up my second drive. Thanks so much!
  8. Glad you found it useful :)
  9. I use this for games that I play off and on like Battlefield, SW:TOR, etc. that are all very large games. I transfer the files to my SSD and create a link when I'm playing them for a while, then simply copy/paste/replace the files back onto my HDD and remove the junction when I'm done with them. Very big thanks to you nukemaster.
  10. No problem. I have started to use robocopy to do some of my copies because with large data sets it is faster.
  11. Hi Nukemaster,
    I have tried to send my games to another drive, in your prescribed method.
    I downloaded Junction Link Magic, however, when trying to run the program, ended up getting an 'Error code 740' message.

    As suggested, I also looked at mklink & linkd (both are fairly dated programs); I wondered if this was the problem seeing that my new system runs Win 8.1.
    To be honest, I am a little reluctant when messing with operations that I have no experience with!

    My goal is to simply free up space on my "C" Drive as it is becoming full.

    Any further advice would be much appreciated,
    Kind Regards
    Kriskali777
  12. mklink should be build into windows it self. No need to download it.

    Can you try to ensure that Junction Link Magic is being run as an admin.

    I had used it on Windows 8 without issues, but have not tried it on 8.1

    using mklink is a bit more work, but should still be able to be done.

    The usage would be

    mklink /j "folder name" "target location"

    Now the folder name actually gets created unlike the Junction Magic program this means after you copy the folder to the new location you have to actually remove the folder and then re-create it with the above command.

    As an example
    This makes program files appear to be located in c : \ test \ program files

    md was just to make my test directory(thought I already had one :) you should not need to do this)


    Now it is very important to be in the folder that you want to make the link in first. for c : stuff it is fast to just use cd \ to the root of the drive.

    The safest way to remove these links will be to just delete them in windows explorer as doing it wrong in the command prompt will erase the files from both locations.

    If you need more information or want to see this in a step by step with a game, let me know.
  13. Hi
    i have installed some programs other than c dirve ( d & e)
    if i transferred the programs to another DisK say F.. linking as per your explanation..
    further if i wipe the partition d & e and merge the drives.. whether linking will still work?
    or is there some other step to be taken..
    thanks...
  14. The link would have been on the install drive, so if you remove that partition, the link would be removed.

    If your new single partition has the same drive letter you can remake the folder structure of the old program and then remake the link pointing back to f : and still have this working. but without the same drive letter it will not work.

    In that case you will have to reinstall the program. You can still copy your old version of the program over it self AFTER installing to try to keep settings and current version.
  15. I'll read it ALL later......... but I wish it was here last night. it would have REALLY come in handy a couple of times..... thanks.
  16. Hi guys. I was wondering why use junction instead of symbolic. I've been using symbolic for some time with my PC. I got 3 SSD a external HDD and a internal HDD with symbolic links all over and have never had 1 error. Plus it's really simple since all you need to do is open cmd as admin type "mklink /d" then hold shift and right click the folder you want to move select "copy as path" paste it in cmd. Then cut n copy wherever you want copy path again, paste in cmd. then your done. My instructions writing skills ain't the best but here's a example.
    http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/547/hzur.png
  17. This doesn't work for windows 8 does it?
  18. trev2012 said:
    Hi guys. I was wondering why use junction instead of symbolic. I've been using symbolic for some time with my PC. I got 3 SSD a external HDD and a internal HDD with symbolic links all over and have never had 1 error. Plus it's really simple since all you need to do is open cmd as admin type "mklink /d" then hold shift and right click the folder you want to move select "copy as path" paste it in cmd. Then cut n copy wherever you want copy path again, paste in cmd. then your done. My instructions writing skills ain't the best but here's a example.
    Image Link

    They are both easy to make in the command prompt. I actually use Symbolic links for my network drives(to use them as folders on my local drive because junctions do not work across unc paths) and any game saves I have saved over the network(keep all saves for games central).

    At a single local computer level they work the same, over a network, they do work a bit different. If I access a shared folder with a Junction it will follow it. With a symbolic link over the network, it may not work as it may be looking locally.

    So you have c : \ test folder linked to c : \ test1 locally it will go to test1, but remotely it will look for c : \ test folder and not find one

    The above program is just easy for new users or users that do not want to play in the command prompt.
    .
    Anonymous said:
    This doesn't work for windows 8 does it?

    It should work in Windows 8, I was using it in the developer preview without issues and mklink works for sure as it is a part of Windows.

    That is how I have my steam games and some programs(Install and then create the link. setting in some programs may not be saved[from os to os] because they use other folders for saving settings) shared from Windows 7 to Windows 8 when they had the beta and developer preview
  19. One last question, I just built my computer and I am kind of a noob when it comes to this stuff. Is it easy for a noob like me to easily move files to my hardrive such as my virus protector stuff without messing up?
  20. I would not remove the virus scanner because it already has other files within the OS and since it runs with the system if for any reason your drive was to be removed or have its drive letter swapped, you would loose your scanner.

    I generally recommend this for games and programs that you do not run all the time.

    This is not to say you can not, I just do not recommend it.

    I do also recommend you either move your documents with the build in Windows location tab or using another guide linked above. The windows built in feature is more fool proof.

    Example of moving your users folders with the built in Location tab in the properties of your folders under c : \ users \ your name \

    This also means if you reinstall windows you can just reset these to have all your desktop and documents back instantly.
  21. Big Problem:

    I can't get the program to create any new junctions. My understanding was that if I deleted all my files from my old hard drive, after having copied everything to my new, larger hard drive, that I could just select my old drive and the new drive like the instructions said and it would "make it work." However, much to my disappointment, the create button is greyed out and I can't make new junctions for even single folders. So I don't understand what I'm doing wrong and until I figure this out, I can't use any of my programs. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have been trying for the past week to get my programs moved from my old hard drive to my newer, larger one, but with no luck. Seems like something that should be fairly simple.
  22. OK.

    I will try to sort you out here. My first guess is you have a hidden desktop.ini file in the folders, not being empty stops this software. You can show hidden files to check.

    Please ensure the drives are both NTFS and lets get some info on your hardware if you can as well.

    If all else fails, I do not want you to sit here forever so we are going to use the command prompt to get you back up sooner than trying to trouble shoot 3rd party software.

    We are going to need to open the command prompt as an administrator to get things stated.

    1. Hit start and type "cmd" without the ""'s
    2. Hold Shift + Control and hit Enter(Or right click cmd as select Run as Administrator)
    3. In the window that comes up you are going to fist get to learn mklink. so type mklink /? too see the help.

    So it will tell you that you just need to use "mklink /j link target"
    Link is the Name of the link and Target is the location of the folder you want to redirect to.

    So as an example

    cd\ to get to c :
    and type mklink /j Test d : \ downloads
    This will create a Folder on c : that will show the contents of d : \ downloads.

    Example Image


    This IS different from JunctionLinkMagic because it CREATES the folder(so rename the old one first if needed, you can remove it when you KNOW everything works) when you make the link.

    Now we will use an example with a program. I will be using Winamp as an example here.

    1. Copy the program to your hard drive(you have done this).
    2. Open Command prompt as shown above.
    3. Use "cd\" to get to the root of your drive.
    4. Use the cd commend(you can use "cd " or "cd\" they both work the same) to navigate folders(ie cd program files (x86) will move to program files (x86). "cd.." can use used to move up one directory level. You can shorten the commands a bit as well (ie cd programs files(x86)\winamp would get to the directory in one shot)
    5. Once you are ONE level below the folder you want to create[program files (x86) if you want to make a junction to any sub folders]. You will use the command to make the junction. See earlier and below for an example

    For my example of winamp it would be,
    cmd (Control Shift Enter)
    cd\ (to get to the root of c drive)
    cd Program Files(x86)
    mklink /j "Winamp" "D : \ Link Test \ Winamp" . Please note I have un-needed spaces to avoid the forum turning some it it into emoticons. The ""'s are required for any folder or link with more than one word. In my case Link Test would generate an error without the ""'s


    After making a link you should be able to run the program normally.

    Remember. This method CREATES the "folder" on your SSD so if you have the folder it self, it has to be removed or renamed. The links point to your folder new location on the other hard drive/ssd. Drives MUST be NTFS for this to work. using symbolic links, you can even do this over a network.
  23. So then I would have to do this for every single program I've downloaded in the life of this computer in order to move everything from my old hard drive to the new one? Why is it exactly that I can't just have Junction Link do this automatically again?
  24. I would like more information, How many programs did you not get onto the SSD? This process is for migration not fresh installs.

    You may have had no options if the folder is not empty, you should check to ensure it does not have a hidden file in it.

    So the old location folder should have NO files while the new location(hard drive most times if you have added an SSD) should have the folder copied from the old location.

    Either way it has to be done in a step by step fashion.

    I do not know of any FREE software that will auto migrate while leaving just programs on the hard drive.

    To check for files in the folders, you will need to show hidden files. This can be done under Windows Explorer - > Tools(hit alt to see the file menus. Windows 8 users should have a view button in the ribbon) -> Folder Options -> View(tab). Select "Show Hidden files , folders and drives" and unselect "Hide protected operating system files".
  25. I haven't put anything on the SSD yet. i got two different drives. One is a 2 terabyte hard drive for everything that is on my current 1 terabyte hard drive except movies and music, that will stay on the first drive. The only things I want on my SSD are my operating system and any startup programs, so that my computer will boot almost instantly. But in order to move my operating system over, from what I've seen I need to move almost everything from the 1 terabyte hard drive over to the 2 terabyte hard drive so there's little enough space for it to fit on the SSD, which is only 120 gigabytes.
  26. You will have to move quite a bit depending on the size of your actual files.

    Moving ones personal files off can save lots of space for some users.

    Your actual best bet would be to install Windows from Scratch and install the games you want onto the hard drive as needed.

    While you can use this for migration and I have my self to a certain extent. It is not very new user friendly.

    You would need to find out what takes the largest sections of space(WinDirStat is a good program to see what is taking most of your space.). Trying to move EVERYTHING is not quite recommended.

    You are looking at a fair bit of file swapping to get things the way you want.

    So lets say you have some free space on your Windows drive, you could shrink that partition and use the space at the end of the drive to store some files and slowly move things over(only recommended for personal files and 3rd party software, you should NOT try to move parts of windows like this). This may require several partition shrink and extends to get everything over. Having a 3rd drive(just to move files to so you have less stuff on your Windows drive) would be another option.

    Either way, this is not the most new user friendly process.

    This started as a single drive system and moved to a single drive + ssd and then a 2 drive + ssd. so it is possible. Please note ALL the programs I use are on the SSD and most games are as well. The bulk of my files are just personal files like images/videos/music/ect. This made the swap rather easy as once my files had been moved it left everything else small enough for the SSD.


    This system went from a 2 x 2TB drive and 64 gigabyte ssd for cache to 2 x 256 gigabyte ssd's(so lots of links to games on the game drive so I did not have to reinstall them). My files used to be on the second 2tb drive, but in the end I moved everything(everything from c : \ users \ my login \) over to a network share(that happens to be inside the system posted above. Backup from one location is SOOO much more easy now).


    So while it can be done, It is getting outside the scope of this guide because you are doing a full migration more than anything.
  27. I wanted to know if I were to do this can I delete the original files after and use the new ones, the originals were on an external drive and I want to move them to an internal drive. Basically can I remove the external drive and have the game function or will that not work?
  28. If you made a link from an external drive to an internal one, you would have already moved the files to the internal drive.

    The problem is you would still need the external drive for the game shortcuts to work right. If the game has registry entries pointing to a drive that is no longer on the system it may not work either.

    All games/programs are different. Some are very friendly of just moving while others require a reinstall and then copy the old copy over the new install to avoid needing patching. If you use steam it is VERY friendly for moving games.

    If you are doing this for files and folder, you only have ONE copy so remember anything done in one location effects both(because the link is just a fancy shortcut a program knows how to follow.).
  29. Hi


    I have just received my new Samsung 240gb Evo ssd. My current PC just has a 2TB Harddrive and I also have a external 2TB Harddrive. I would like to moved OS to the SSD. However I will not be doing this at all if the following is not possible and therefore this is my question. Over the course of this year I have collected and installed allot of applications such as cinema 4d, after effects, Houdini and nuke. These all also have plugins. I DO NOT want to reinstall any of these. Does anyone know if I will have to reinstall these? I would prefer to obviously migrate these applications to the ssd. However I do not want spend 3 days reinstalling everything. Is this possible?


    Ps this site is not iOS compatible. Running latest iPhone update. Will look to see if you have an app

    Thanks
  30. Folks its called Paragon
  31. Hey man, awesome guide, but question: does the old folder with nothing in it have to stay there? and also, if I reinstall all my games in one hard drive, can I reinstall windows without having to redownload all my games using this method? Thanks!
  32. You should not have an empty folder after this is done.

    You start with an empty folder because the software uses this to get the junction name. If doing this with mklink, you would not even have kept the folder and the process would have made the "folder".

    Think of the empty folder as more of a place holder or shortcut.

    Now when you reinstall Windows, some games may be able to be used this way, but other games actually place folders in other locations of even make registry entries. Steam fixes its own games so moving/installing steam in this way works without issues, but Steam has its own options for this now.

    I still recommend installing software first before making the link. This ensures that everything works fine. At this point in time, It may just be better to just install to the new location and then copy the old copy over it after(the copy over just takes care of updates most times).
  33. Hey, So.. i have The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and its installed on my C: Drive. but recently, my C: Drive is running out of space, so i want to move it to my
    G: External HDD (I installed most of my games there, cuz its 1 TB) . i'd like to just re-install, but i installed so many mods (i cant even count) and it'd be really difficult to just install it back, my question is:

    1. Will it remove my Savegames and my Mods?

    2. is there any extra requirements, or just follow the steps above?

    3. After i created the junction, you mentioned that the game will show up on your old drive, but also in the new drive, which means that your old drive will still be full. should i delete it? (the game that just show up on ur old drive)


    Anyways here's my main goal:

    1. Move The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to my G: External HDD

    2. Shrink my D: Drive (around 12 gb) and Extend my C: Drive with the unallocated space.

    3. Upgrade my Windows 7 to 64-bit in my C: Drive

    And also my Skyrim's size is 14 gb.
  34. Your save games should be under c:\users\your_login_here\saved games(somtimes it is documents\saved games, but it will only be in one place).

    If you are worried about save games, take a backup of that folder.

    Now you seem to be wanting to shrink drives and stuff. This is all good, but the upgrade to Windows 7-64bit part has be wondering. What is your current OS.

    If you are a Steam user(Steam should be closed while moving games this way.) your game should be under C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\

    In that case, you could copy the game over to your G drive lets say g : \ games \ skyrim

    then rename the Skyrim folder in the steam folder to skyrim 1 if you are worried(but you already should have a copy in g drive).

    Then you can either make a Skyrim folder to just the software mentioned above OR use the command prompt.

    OR

    not make a skyrim folder and use the command prompt. Hitting enter after each line.

    
    cd\
    cd Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim
    mklink /J "Skyrim" "g:\games\skyrim"
    


    That would create a Junction called Skyrim in the Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ folder

    With Steam you also have a 3rd way to do this trick. I tried this to see if it would work.

    1. Open Steam
    2. Select View then Settings
    3. Select Downloads
    4. Select Steam Library Folders
    5. Add a folder on your g drive(ie g : \ games \ steam).
    6. Close that window and close Steam
    7. Check that new folder to see if you now have a SteamApps folder in this new library(g : \ games \ steam).
    8. Go Cut Skyrim from your normal Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim location and paste it into your new steamapps folder (it should be something like g : \ games \ steam \ steamapps \ common \)
    9. Go get your skyrim ACF file from your old normal steam folder (Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\) and copy it to your new folders steamapps folder

    This file will be called appmanifest_#####.acf. Skyrim uses a different appid depending on what version you own.
    72850 = The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    28187 = The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition
    You my have another(I am sure they have had many different app-ids), check on SteamDB or even Google to see what your app ids are.
    10. Load steam and login. Try to run the game, if it gives you no errors, your game is not in your other steam library without any fancy junctions or symbolic links.

    If you have any questions, let me know.
  35. nukemaster said:
    Your save games should be under c:\users\your_login_here\saved games(somtimes it is documents\saved games, but it will only be in one place).

    If you are worried about save games, take a backup of that folder.

    Now you seem to be wanting to shrink drives and stuff. This is all good, but the upgrade to Windows 7-64bit part has be wondering. What is your current OS.

    If you are a Steam user(Steam should be closed while moving games this way.) your game should be under C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\

    In that case, you could copy the game over to your G drive lets say g : \ games \ skyrim

    then rename the Skyrim folder in the steam folder to skyrim 1 if you are worried(but you already should have a copy in g drive).

    Then you can either make a Skyrim folder to just the software mentioned above OR use the command prompt.

    OR

    not make a skyrim folder and use the command prompt. Hitting enter after each line.

    
    cd\
    cd Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim
    mklink /J "Skyrim" "g:\games\skyrim"
    


    That would create a Junction called Skyrim in the Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ folder

    With Steam you also have a 3rd way to do this trick. I tried this to see if it would work.

    1. Open Steam
    2. Select View then Settings
    3. Select Downloads
    4. Select Steam Library Folders
    5. Add a folder on your g drive(ie g : \ games \ steam).
    6. Close that window and close Steam
    7. Check that new folder to see if you now have a SteamApps folder in this new library(g : \ games \ steam).
    8. Go Cut Skyrim from your normal Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim location and paste it into your new steamapps folder (it should be something like g : \ games \ steam \ steamapps \ common \)
    9. Go get your skyrim ACF file from your old normal steam folder (Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\) and copy it to your new folders steamapps folder

    This file will be called appmanifest_#####.acf. Skyrim uses a different appid depending on what version you own.
    72850 = The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    28187 = The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition
    You my have another(I am sure they have had many different app-ids), check on SteamDB or even Google to see what your app ids are.
    10. Load steam and login. Try to run the game, if it gives you no errors, your game is not in your other steam library without any fancy junctions or symbolic links.

    If you have any questions, let me know.


    Hi! thx for the reply, my OS is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, and im not a steam user. and back to the topic, i tried ur method, but with another game. called state of decay, (Im still afraid to move skyrim) after i created the junction. everythings working, the game even works. my question is:
    Should you delete the game's file (State Of Decay) from the Old drive, (the one with the shorcut arrow)?
  36. No you do not remove the file with the shortcut arrow as that is the link from drive to drive. It is now the game still sees it self on the drive it was installed on.

    Skyrim should be no different to move. it is the exact same copy to new location, empty old drive or rename and recreate the games folder and use the software to make the link.

    When you upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows, I think you will have to do a clean install.

    In that case, keep copies of your games and then install the game on the new OS then copy the old one over the new one(including mods).

    I recommend this way because some programs have registry entries created on install so a straight copy and paste may not always work.
  37. So... if i can't remove the game with the shortcut arrow. how does it free up my space just like the description says??
  38. The folder with the shortcut arrow should not be taking any actual space(it will show in the properties, but it is not actually taking anything) on that drive(it gets those stats from the other drive).

    Not allot of games on this system, but should help you see what I mean.


    Now if you have a backup copy of folder that was renamed(no arrow on it), those would still take space. It is kind of like how a normal shortcut does not take much room(but this shortcut even works within programs).

    Edit
    here is a more extreme example(1.72TB on my 238GB SSD). It was with symbolic links(required to perform this over the network), but same applies(shortcut arrow and all)

    I NEVER recommend users do this without understanding the limitations(this computer will not even have a desktop with my media center not running).


    EDIT

    Ok I will stop(after this one).

    LINKCEPTION
  39. nukemaster said:
    The folder with the shortcut arrow should not be taking any actual space(it will show in the properties, but it is not actually taking anything) on that drive(it gets those stats from the other drive).

    Not allot of games on this system, but should help you see what I mean.


    Now if you have a backup copy of folder that was renamed(no arrow on it), those would still take space. It is kind of like how a normal shortcut does not take much room(but this shortcut even works within programs).

    Edit
    here is a more extreme example(1.72TB on my 238GB SSD). It was with symbolic links(required to perform this over the network), but same applies(shortcut arrow and all)

    I NEVER recommend users do this without understanding the limitations(this computer will not even have a desktop with my media center not running).


    EDIT

    Ok I will stop(after this one).

    LINKCEPTION


    Hi, thx for the reply again. And it turns out that i didn't notice that the old game with the shortcut arrow doesnt take space on the old drive (since the game that i tested with is only 2.38 gb) , i'm sorry for wasting ur time and a big thanks for your help.

    And sorry that i have to ask another question. (might be the last)

    What do you mean by
    "When you upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows, I think you will have to do a clean install.
    In that case, keep copies of your games and then install the game on the new OS then copy the old one over the new one(including mods)." sorry, my english isn't very good
  40. None of this is a waste of time because your questions may be the same as other users. In that case you are helping them out too.

    When you are running a 32-bit version of Windows you can not perform an upgrade to a 64-bit version. You have to install it from scratch. Most times this involves erasing everything on the drive(if you have multiple partitions, you should be able to save data in the second partition).

    Because your C drive will be erased when installing Windows 7 64-bit, I recommend taking a copy of any games that are in your C drive to your second drive. You also should take a copy of c : \ Users \ Your login \ These will be erased and your save games are located in this folder(You should take any folders you have files in like Documents, Music, Videos, Saved Games, ect).

    When you reinstall Windows 7 to get the 64-bit version installed, I also recommend you unplug your games/file drive to avoid Windows trying to place the boot loader on that drive.

    Once Windows is installed, You can start to reinstall programs. When installing from scratch you can actually tell the games to install on the second drive from the start if you want. You should not install the games over top of them selves to avoid issues.

    For example.

    Lets say you have Skyrim copied to d : \ Games \ Skyrim
    and you want to install it to that drive, You should rename Skyrim to Skyrim1

    Now when you install the game use the Custom option in the installer to install the game to d : \ Games and create a Skyrim folder.

    Once the install is finished, before running the game, copy everything from Skyrim1 to Skyrim. Overwrite everything.

    Copy your save games back to the proper folder in c : \ Users \ Your login \

    Now when you launch the game you should have all your mods as well as save games.

    I hope this clears things up.
  41. nukemaster said:
    None of this is a waste of time because your questions may be the same as other users. In that case you are helping them out too.

    When you are running a 32-bit version of Windows you can not perform an upgrade to a 64-bit version. You have to install it from scratch. Most times this involves erasing everything on the drive(if you have multiple partitions, you should be able to save data in the second partition).

    Because your C drive will be erased when installing Windows 7 64-bit, I recommend taking a copy of any games that are in your C drive to your second drive. You also should take a copy of c : \ Users \ Your login \ These will be erased and your save games are located in this folder(You should take any folders you have files in like Documents, Music, Videos, Saved Games, ect).

    When you reinstall Windows 7 to get the 64-bit version installed, I also recommend you unplug your games/file drive to avoid Windows trying to place the boot loader on that drive.

    Once Windows is installed, You can start to reinstall programs. When installing from scratch you can actually tell the games to install on the second drive from the start if you want. You should not install the games over top of them selves to avoid issues.

    For example.

    Lets say you have Skyrim copied to d : \ Games \ Skyrim
    and you want to install it to that drive, You should rename Skyrim to Skyrim1

    Now when you install the game use the Custom option in the installer to install the game to d : \ Games and create a Skyrim folder.

    Once the install is finished, before running the game, copy everything from Skyrim1 to Skyrim. Overwrite everything.

    Copy your save games back to the proper folder in c : \ Users \ Your login \

    Now when you launch the game you should have all your mods as well as save games.

    I hope this clears things up.


    Which one i should copy? the one with the shortcut arrow (the one in the old drive) or the one in the Ext HDD?
  42. The ones on the External drive are the ones you need to keep copies of.

    When you install Windows 7 64-bit, everything on the internal drive will be erased, thus requiring a copy on the external drive.
  43. Allright, thx for all the help. i really appreciate that. have a nice day!!!
  44. remember to shut off or disconnect that external drive when reinstalling to get 64 bit. And backup game saves (most are in c : \ users \)
  45. I know this is old, but youre my fucking hero.
  46. Can anyone say for sure if this works on Windows 10? I'll try it when i get home, but for now just want to see if anyone has successfully used this method on Windows 10.
  47. I am almost sure I used it on 10(My Windows 7 and 10 share some programs via junction).

    I know for sure that mklink /j works on 10 as I have used that quite a bit.
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