There are few different ways you can move installed games from one hard drive to another without having to re-download them. The method I used involves manually moving the game folder to a new location and then creating NTFS Directory Junction to trick U-Play into thinking the game is still in its old location. I used this to move U-Play game Assassin's Creed Syndicate, but the same method should work with Steam, Origin and other games.

  • Locate the original game install directory and move everything to a new location.
    In my case I moved directory "D:\InstalledGames\Uplay\Assassin's Creed Syndicate" to "C:\InstalledGames\Uplay\Assassin's Creed Syndicate". Basically I was moving the game to an SSD drive to benefit from faster load time while I was actively playing the game.
  • Launch elevated command prompt and run following command:
    mklink /J "D:\InstalledGames\Uplay\Assassin's Creed Syndicate" "C:\InstalledGames\Uplay\Assassin's Creed Syndicate"
    J - instructs mklink to create a directory juction.
    "D:\InstalledGames\Uplay\Assassin's Creed Syndicate" - Junction location (path where the game was installed originally).
    "C:\InstalledGames\Uplay\Assassin's Creed Syndicate" - Target location (path where you moved the game).
  • Check "D:\InstalledGames\Uplay" to make sure the directory junction was created. It's icon looks like a normal shortcut, but if you double click on it you won't be simply redirected to the target folder, instead you can¬†browse inside the target as if it still was in its original location.

That should be it. If you did everything correctly, U-Play will not notice any changes and the game will launch just fine from its new location.

April 2016
U-Play
Windows 10

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