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If I cuts and paste already installed game folder from one drive to next drive in same pc would work?
Lets say I cut from E drive and I paste Ir to D drive on same pc
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NO. Not unless you change the paths accordingly.
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I think that it probably works as far as the games are DRM free (although I cannot guarantee 100%). This is what I know.

I have six drives in my computer. One drive (C) is for Windows 7 OS. There are three drives (D, E, and F) for Windows 7- related folders and games. Another drive (G) is for Windows 8 OS. There are one more drive (H) which is for Windows 8-related folders and games.

I have a lot of DRM free games (I am trying to get DRM free games as far as possible. I don't like DRM which causes a lot of headache). From my Windows 7 OS, I can access DRM free games which were installed from Windows 8 OS. Meanwhile from my Windows 8 OS, I can access DRM free games which were installed from Windows 7 OS. This is true for games of large memory size. However you cannot start DRM-protected games this way.

I don't know if this works for every game. Or it might be different when you just copy the game folders from here to there. But my understanding is that the major culprit which prohibit game folders to be moved from here to there is DRM rather than anything else.
post #5 of 8
Depends.

Many games will simply run just fine if their relative paths are intact. However, your shortcuts/links will still need to be updated, and uninstallers might not work correctly.

There are some games that are more picky.
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Yeah the cracked games works fine
But when I cut splinter cell from one drive to other It didn't work
I'm not sure if its because its a legimit game or uplay?
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    Simply moving/copying the game's program folder will work only if the game's installer didn't install any COM DLLs and didn't write any important registry keys containing absolute paths.  In addition, running it from another OS (without installing the game again) would only work if the game's installer didn't write any important registry keys, hasn't installed any special runtime components, and hasn't written any API DLLs in the system folder.

    I say that you would have to find out if it works by trial and error for each game. thumb.gif  If you really know what you're doing, you could probably update the registry keys pointing to the old folder (e.g. "C:\Program Files\MyGame") to the new location (e.g. "D:\Games\MyGame") and make some/most games work.
 
Edited by Techie007 - 9/6/13 at 8:33am
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Here's what you do. 
Open command line.
Type:
mklink /j "D:\example\wherefolderusedtobe" "E\example\wherefolderisnow"

^quotes included.

 

This creates a junction that is basically a folder redirection, thereby not breaking registry keys etc.

Example: I move C:\Program Files\Game to D:\Game. Original folder has to no longer exist (i.e. moved not copied)

I would type mklink /j "C:\Program Files\Game" "D:\Game"

Also please not that you would launch the game by navigating to the OLD directory. It will look like it is still located there, but is actually reading from another drive. 

Certain games will work without having to do this, but it works 99% of the time for ones that don't.


Edited by Powermonkey500 - 9/6/13 at 8:38am
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