By Cherry / Last Updated February 27, 2017


“Hey, guys! I had an SSD on my computer, and it stored my games and other data. However, the SSD is running out of space, large SSD is too expensive and I would like to add an HDD to extend the storage space. My games occupied too much space on my SSD, so I’m planning to move games from SSD to HDD to save space. Well, is there any way that can easily transfer games from SSD to HDD or vice versa? I’d like to avoid a complete redownload of the games if at all possible. Thanks for any help or suggestions!”

How to move games from SSD to HDD?

Some users were try to copy the games folder from SSD to HDD, but they found it takes a long time, and it may not launch. Fortunately, here we’ll introduce you another way to move games from SSD to HDD without reinstalling and vice versa. To make that, we highly recommend you a cloning software AOMEI Backupper, which can help you a lot. you can use its Partition Clonefeature to clone the whole partition which stored the games on. It is very easy.

How to move games from SSD to HDD with AOMEI Backupper? Before you do, here are something you need to prepared:

1. A HDD which you would like to store the games on.

2. Make sure all your games are stored on one partition.

3. Install AOMEI Backupper on your computer.

After preparing, you can start to transfer games from SSD to HDD step by step with the AOMEI Backupper.

Step1.Connect the HDD to your computer, make sure it can be detected. Launch AOMEI Backupper, and it will display you an intuitive interface. Click Clone, and select Partition Clone.

Partition Clone

Step2. Choose the partition which stored the games on as the source partition. Click Next.

Source Partition

Step3.Then, choose the new HDD as the destination party. Click Next.

Destination Partition

Step4. It will pop out a window to remind you that the data on the destination place will be deleted or overwritten after perform the operation. If there is any important data on the destination partition, please backup the partition first. Or, you can click Yes to move on.


Step5.Then, you will move into the final page which indicates the operation that will be executed. Before clicking Start Clone, you can edit the size of partition on the destination disk by opening the settings icon in the bottom of the page. Once you click the Start Clone button, it will be executed immediately.

Start Clone


  • Sector by sector clone: it will clone every byte from the source partition to the destination disk no matter it used or not.
  • Align partition optimize for SSD:if your destination disk is SSD, here we highly recommend you check the box because it will optimize the performance of your hard drive.

Thus, you have already moved games from SSD to HDD, and you can release the partition volume on the SSD with games. Then, launch your games from the HDD directly. Actually, you can also download the free edition of AOMEI Backupper to transfer games from SSD to HDD and vice versa. Besides, you can use it to replace smaller SSD with larger SSD without reinstallation. If you do not want to clone the whole partition, then, you can backup folder, which stored games, to HDD with its File Backup feature. You can learn more features here.