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How to move Minecraft to a different drive on Windows 10

Games are large in size and many people prefer to install them on their secondary drives i.e., the one the operating system isn’t installed on. With Steam games for example, you can easily install them to other drives of your choice. This is especially helpful if you’re using both an SSD and an HDD on your system and want to get the most out of it. You can also install games from the Microsoft Store but they install to your C drive by default. If you’ve installed Minecraft from the Microsoft Store and want to move it to a different drive, you can.

Here’s how you can move Minecraft to a different drive on Windows 10.

Move Minecraft

Open the Settings app and go to the Apps group of settings. Wait for the list of installed apps to populate. Scroll down the list and find Minecraft in the list. Click it and you will see a Move button. Click the move button and a small menu will open where you can select a drive to move Minecraft to.

It will not list the drive that Minecraft is already installed on. Select the drive, and click Move.

The move doesn’t take long. If you have the game open, you should close it. If you don’t, it will be forced closed.

After you move Minecraft, or any UWP app to a drive that isn’t your Windows drive, a WindowsApps folder will be created in the drive you moved the app to. You won’t be able to access the contents of this folder without admin rights, and even then you might need to change the ownership of the folder from its properties.

Minecraft should work just fine. Moving it to a different drive will not remove the folders that the app created in your App Data folder. If you ever need to, you can move the game back to your C drive, or any other drive.  The process is the same. When you click the Move button, the menu will list your C drive, and other available drives.

This only works for UWP apps. If you’ve installed the Java version of Minecraft, you won’t be able to move it from the Settings app. You will have to use other apps to move it, or you can just uninstall it and install it again but select a different location to install it to. It’s pretty easy to back up your worlds so you won’t lose anything.

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