Three Ways to Safely Move Programs to Another Drive on Windows 11

When the C drive is full and makes your PC run slow, moving programs to another drive on Windows 11 can be a good idea. Here, we’ll share the process to do it via Settings, Steam Mover and a third-party software.


By Tina / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Why need to move programs to another hard drive on Windows 11?

With many innovative features, Windows 11 supports a hybrid work environment to keep path with the times. Besides, it also aims to increase users' work efficiency via a flexible experience.

what is windows 11

Routinely, Windows 11 installs programs in the C drive. So many users may encounter the C drive space is full issue. If you don't clean up it in time, your PC will run very slow, and the system crashes and blue screen issues may appear.

Therefore, in order to avoid the above problems, you can safely move the programs to another drive on Windows 11, freeing up your C drive. Here, we will provide 3 methods.

Different methods to move programs to another drive on Windows 11

Sometimes, you may not run programs successfully after the movement, because a simple copy-paste will lose important files. If you want to move installed programs to another drive on Windows 11 and run it normally, you can try the following methods.

Method 1. Moving programs via Settings

If the target programs are installed from Microsoft Store, Settings will be helpful, or the App & features move will be greyed out. Please keep reading to realize detailed steps.

Step 1. Click "Start" key and then click "settings" in the lower left of the popped window.

Step 2. Click "Apps", and you can see all the installed apps displayed in the "Apps & features".

click apps

Step 3. Select the target program and click "Move" and choose D drive to store it, then click "Move" to confirm this operation.

click move

Method 2. Moving programs with Steam Mover

If the first method doesn't work, you can try the Steam Mover. Although many users use it exclusively to move Steam games, it works with all programs as well. How to move a game or program to another drive without reinstalling? The steps are as follows.

You can only move installed programs from one NTFS drive to another NTFS drive, or it won’t work.
Executing the wrong commands will lead to accidental loss of important data.

Step 1. Install and open Steam Mover, then click the button next to the Common Folder.

Step 2. Select the path of the folder where the program you want to move.

Step 3. Click the Alternative folder where you want to store the installed program files and click "OK".

Step 4. Choose all the programs you want to move and click the blue arrow to begin this operation.

choose programs move

Step 5. Please wait for a while.

wait for a while

Step 6. You will find that the folder path under the Junction Point Column will change to a new  folder.

folder path

Method 3. Moving programs via App Mover

When the target programs didn't install from Microsoft Store, and if the file system isn't NTFS, the above methods won't work. Is there any other way to move programs to another drive on Windows 11? AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can help you.

It breaks through the mentioned limitations, the "App Mover" feature can move programs to another drive without losing data, even if you are unfamiliar with the PC. It's worth noting that it can not only move installed programs to another drive on the same disk, but also copy all data from one hard drive to another.

In addition, this powerful software has some advanced features including Migrate OS to SSD, Allocate free space,  Delete Large Files, etc.

You can download the Demo version to see how to move installed programs to another drive on Windows 11.

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Note: You should free up space of the destination drive before you move programs into it.  

Step 1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, click "Free up" in the top panel, then click "App Mover".

app mover

Step 2. Click "App Mover" in the ejected window.

click app mover

Step 3. Select one partition you want to free up (Here we select C drive) and click "Next".

click next

Step 4. Select the target program (Here we use Microsoft Office as an example) and the target location, then click "Move".

click move

Step 5. Make sure that you have closed the programs that you will move, then click "OK".

click ok

Step 6. Click "Finish" after the progress bar become 100%.

click finish

Further reading: How to increase available free space

There're other methods to free up space: Storage Sense and Allocate free space. You can choose the suitable one according to your own needs.

◉ Free up your drive with Storage Sense

Storage Sense is a powerful function on Windows 11, which can free up space on SSD or HDD through the following steps.

Step 1. Click the Start key, Settings, System, and Storage in turn.

click start key settings system and storage

Step 2. Turn on the Storage Sense. 

Step 3. Click the target drive and select unneeded files to free up the space.

click the target drive

◉ Allocate free space to C drive

In order to extend the C drive for better performance, you can also allocate free space to the C drive. The detailed steps are as follows:

Step 1. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, right-click the D drive and choose "Allocate Free Space".

allocate free space

Step 2. Choose the size and destination drive.

choose the size

Step 3. Check your procedures in "Pending Operations" on the sidebar. Then click "Apply" to execute this operation.

click apply


In this article, you can learn 3 methods to move programs to another drive on Windows 11. By comparison, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is obviously more convenient. Besides, this article also shares two methods to increase the free space of the C drive.

By the way, if you want to move programs to another drive on Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012(R2)/2008(R2)/2003, please try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, which is designed for Server users.

Tina · Staff Editor
Tina is an English editor of AOMEI Technology. She has a positive attitude and full of energy. On her work, she always keeps thinking to figure out the solutions for users' problems, and writes the answers so that can help someone. In her daily life, she likes to sing, watch TV and sleep. She always being grateful and happy to all the things happened and all the people encountered.