How do I save my Oculus games in a different place?

Updated April 24, 2017: We've refreshed this guide to include steps for using vrBackupper, free software that makes migrating your Rift experiences to a different drive about as easy and painless as possible. We've also reviewed the original symbolic link steps to ensure they're still working if you'd rather use that method.

Say your solid state drive (SSD) that Windows is installed on doesn't have enough room for all the Oculus Rift games you want to download, and you have that big, beefy hard drive sitting empty.

Upon installation, the Oculus app does let you choose which drive to install games to, but what about if you already have everything installed? There isn't an official way to migrate your games, but you can either move everything yourself and create a symbolic link, or you can use vrBackupper to get the job done.

Whichever way you choose, here's how to change your Oculus file directory to free up space on your hard drive.

How to manually move your Oculus library to a different drive

This method involves doing everything yourself, including creating a symbolic link in Command Prompt. If you aren't comfortable with this method, give the vrBackupper method a try.

Stop the Oculus VR Runtime service

Before anything else, you should stop the Oculus VR Runtime service.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Type services and hit Enter on your keyboard.

    Click Search. Type services and hit Enter.

  4. Right-click Oculus VR Runtime Service. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  5. Click Stop.

    Right-click Oculus VR Runtime service. Click Stop.

We will start this service again following the process.

Create a new directory on your other hard drive

Before doing anything else, you want to create a new folder to house your Oculus games.

  1. Click the File Explorer button in your taskbar.
  2. Click your alternate drive. In this case, ours is New Volume (D:).

    Click the File Explorer button in your taskbar. Click your alternate drive.

  3. Right-click within the window.
  4. Hover over New and click Folder.

    Right-click within the window. Hover over New and click Folder.

  5. Type a name for the folder and hit Enter on your keyboard. In this case, we named the folder Rift Games.
  6. Double-click Rift Games to open it.

    Type a name for the folder and hit Enter. Double-click Rift games to open it.

Keep this window and folder open — you will need it in a few moments.

Migrate your existing games to the other drive

  1. Click the File Explorer button in your taskbar.
  2. Click Windows (C:).

    Click File Explorer in your taskbar. Click Windows (C:).

  3. Double-click Program Files.
  4. Double-click Oculus. Within this folder you should see another folder labeled Software.

    Double-click Program Files. Double-click Oculus.

  5. Click and drag the Software folder over to the Rift Games folder you just created. Depending on how many games you have, the migration could take a few minutes.

Click and drag the Software folder over to the new folder.

Create a symbolic link between the old folder location and the new folder location

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. Type mklink /J "%APPDATA%\Oculus\Software" "D:\Rift Games\Software" and hit Enter on your keyboard. You should receive a message that says the junction was created. Remember that the code you type might be different to what we have here, depending on what you name your folders and drives.

    Click Command Prompt (Admin). Type the code and hit Enter.

Clear up some space

Before you remove the games from the original directory, check to make sure the games were properly moved over to their new home. If you're satisfied that your games are safe and sound in their new directory, you can go ahead and delete the files within the original Software folder found in C:\Program Files\Oculus.

Note: Do not delete the actual Software folder. You need to keep it there in order for the junction to work.

Start the Oculus VR Runtime service

The Oculus VR Runtime service should be set to start automatically when you restart your PC, but to be sure it started we will do a manual check.

  1. Restart your PC.
  2. Right-click the Start button.
  3. Click Search.
  4. Type services and hit Enter on your keyboard.

    Click Search. Type services and hit Enter.

Check the Oculus VR Runtime Service to see if it's running. If it isn't, right-click it and click Start,

The Oculus VR Runtime service is running after a PC restart.

How to automatically move your Oculus library to a different drive

AOMEI makes a great free piece of software that does all the heavy lifting for you. If you'd rather not bother with manually moving things to a different drive, you can simply download the software and let it do everything for you. Here's what you need to know.

Download vrBackupper

First, we need to download the vrBackupper software.

  1. Navigate to the vrBackupper download page.
  2. Click Download Freeware. A download will begin.
  3. Launch vrBackupper.exe from your browser download bar or File Explorer.

    Click Download Freeware. Launch vrBackupper.exe.

  4. Click Next.
  5. Click I accept the agreement.

    Click Next. Click I accept the agreement.

  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Next.

    Click Next. Click Next.

  8. Click Next.
  9. Click Next.

    Click Next. Click Next.

  10. Click Install.
  11. Click Finish.

    Click Install. Click Finish.

Migrate Oculus to a different drive with vrBackupper

Now that the software is installed on your PC, you can start the process of migrating the Oculus app and your games to a different drive.

  1. Launch vrBackupper from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar. It will automatically detect where the Oculus app is installed.
  2. Click the More button. It looks like three dots.

    Launch vrBackupper. Click the More button.

  3. Click a new location to move Oculus to.
  4. Click OK.

    Click a new location. Click OK.

  5. Click Start Move. The Oculus files will automatically be moved to the new location, and files on the original drive will be removed, clearing up space in the process.
  6. Click OK when the migration is complete.

    Click Start Move. Click OK.

Once the move is completed, restart your PC and launch the Oculus app. The first time we launched the app after the migration it closed on its own, but the second time we launched it everything worked as intended.

Your experience

Did you move your Oculus library to a different drive? Which method did you use? Let us know in the comments section!