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Windows 7: Moving game files?

27 May 2012   #1
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Moving game files?

What is the best way to move already installed games to a different Hdd without losing data? Un-install/Re-install? Or is there a better way?


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27 May 2012   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I know, second hand, that you can do it by creating a junction point. Take a look at Steam Mover, it's said to work on any folder, not just games. Something to read until a smart person comes along

A Guy
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27 May 2012   #3
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
What is the best way to move already installed games to a different Hdd without losing data? Un-install/Re-install? Or is there a better way?
Take a look at:
http://mobasoftware.com/symmover.php

As long as by different hdd you don't also mean different computer.

and this works on the junction point priniciple mentioned by A Guy.
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27 May 2012   #4
Trucidation

 

The problem with moving games (or any other software for that matter) is that they don't always put their stuff neatly in one folder with subfolders under them. For example many games install to C:\Program Files\ but they put their saved games under your Documents\My Games\ folder... some even put them in Documents\AppData\Local\, I caught a few which wrote stuff in the C:\ root folder, MFusion (?) put its config in C:\Windows\, etc.

Since what is important to you are usually just your game configuration and save files, it's often safest to just make a copy of those and then uninstall-reinstall the game to where you want it. Safest, not fastest.

Sure, most of the time you could simply do a brute force cut-paste + corresponding registry edits + corresponding config files edits, and it would work. Maybe 75% of the time. It's the 25% of the time when it doesn't work and you're stuck with something you can't uninstall, won't reinstall, and won't work anymore that's the problem. Especially in this day and age of intrusive DRM. "What are you messing around with the game folders for? Hmm, must be... a pie rat!" *system locks up, computer explodes, user posts angry rant on reddit*.

Edit:
Jokes aside, you really want to use the "official" uninstall / install feature. After all you still have the game disc (right?), just need to backup your save files. After you're done installing to the new location paste the saves back. Usually the game's official forum (or any large gaming forum) will have game-specific advice on where exactly to put them.
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28 May 2012   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Trucidation,

I've had one very happy person who had a similar question and I suggested Symmover to him.

Symmover worked perfectly for the chap and he was delighted.

True is that not all "move" scenarios are identical.
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28 May 2012   #6
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks to all of you, I will play with those programs in my vbox and see if they will work for me. If not I'll just un-install and re-install.
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31 May 2012   #7
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I went ahead and saved my game files and just uninstalled the games. I just figured I had not played some in a while so a cleanup was in order anyway. I have not re-installed any yet, so can not speak of how "it went" as of yet.
Thanks again to everyone.
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31 May 2012   #8
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Whatever works for you

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