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Hi all. I just got my first SSD and am in the middle of optimizing using Sean's optimization guide. Once finished, I plan to install a 2nd hard drive for storage and want to put BF3 on it.

Anyone know how to move Origin games from one drive to another? I found some posts, but the info seems to be conflicting frown.gif
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Go install Origin on your new drive, then that'll create a "Origin Games" folder under C -> Program Files(x86), then just move the Battlefield 3 or other folders from the old Origin Games folder to your new one
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Thanks! I have an SSD now and would like to keep BF3 on my storage drive so as to not clog up the SSD...how would I do that?
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clarification. I'm moving from the c: drive of the old computer to the storage of the new and then want to use the SSD on the new for bootup only
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clarification. I'm moving from the c: drive of the old computer to the storage of the new and then want to use the SSD on the new for bootup only

In the Origin settings (after you've installed Origin), you can specify where downloaded games are placed. Simply create a folder on your storage driver and point your games there. Start the download of all your games and then pause the downloads. Copy your existing install to the new location and start the download again. IIRC, Origin will recognize the files you copied over and just add the last couple of files you need. I'm quite sure this worked for me.

Alternatively, if everything goes wrong and it installs to your SSD, you can use the Steam Mover (you can find it in Sean's thread, I believe) to move the game after installing. In fact, you can use Steam Mover to move any system or game files. It works by creating a form of shortcut so Windows thinks it's accessing for example C:\Program Files\Origin\Origin Games, but in reality it's being redirected to D:\Origin Games. Steam Mover is a genius little tool, learn to use it and it'll benefit you greatly.
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Move your Battlefield 3 game files to your SSD and make a Symbolic Link (or NTFS Junction) to link to it's new location.
For example, I've set Origin's Game Download directory to 'F:\Origin Games'. I moved 'Battlefield 3' to 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Battlefield 3' (that's my SSD) and made a Symbolic Link for Origin, plus anything else that checks, to be redirected to the SSD.

There are various applications that can do this for you too, Steam Mover and (shameless plug) GameSave Manager.
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