When you're running out of space on your C: drive, you need to move program files on another drive. How to do it? In this guide we'll explain the easiest ways to do that.
For a lot of Windows 10 users, moving files or folders to another location is a really easy thing to do. You simply just need to cut a file or folder from one location, and then paste it to another location.
However, most users are unsure when it comes to moving program files to another drive in Windows 10. By default, your program will be installed to Drive C. The Program Files folder in Windows 10 is hard-wired into the operating system.
Besides the Program Files folder, there is also the Program Files (x86) folder which is designed to allow backward compatibility so that you can run 32-bit applications.
Normally, most programs in Windows will not be able to run properly if you move the Program Files folder. However, you might encounter a situation where you need to move some of the folders to another location.
Wondering how to move your program files to another drive in Windows 10? You are in the right place! Below are steps to help you move programs file safely and properly:
To move the Program Files folder to another drive on a same disk, you can utilize the “Move” feature. Using this feature, you will be able to move the Program File folders from Drive C to D. Here is how:
You’ve succeeded moving the folders! Repeat the steps above until you have moved them successfully.
To move program files to another disk, you can utilize the “Registry Editor” feature. The steps below can be a little bit overwhelming for you if you are not familiar with Registry Editor. Thus, please follow the instructions carefully.
There are two important steps you need to do before you start using the Registry Editor:
Now, you can continue the process of moving your program files. Do the following instructions cautiously:
You can also move the Program Files folder to another disk by using mklink. For this, you will need to make a symbolic link using CMD. Symbolic link is similar to a program shortcut. Follow the steps below:
By creating a symbolic link, the default path will still be in C: but the whole installation files and folders will be located on D when you install a program.
To sum it up, moving the Program Files folder to a different drive is possible. You can try one of the methods listed above to move the folders. Please follow the instructions carefully and contact an expert if you are not sure about doing it yourself.