How do I move Skyrim saves from C drive to E drive on a gaming PC?

Billie Welborn October 24, 2012

I wonder if you can help me. My son has Skyrim and it has saved over 7,000 saves to C drive. It’s a games PC he has. An now wants to move it all to E drive. However, after copying and pasting the files, the game doesn’t recognise that they’re there. Hope you can help me fix this. Thanks!

  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Copy as usual, then create a symlink to point to the new location.
    The game should proceed normally because symlink, unlike normal shortcuts, behave like an actual folder.

    ha14 gives you all the options you have.

  2. Boni Oloff
    October 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I think all game is saved in Documents and Data, you should try yo search there.
    If you try to copy the program files, it will not work i think.

  3. Dino Pearsons
    October 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Skyrim save files have to reside on the C drive, because they're tied to the Documents folder.

    However, the Skyrim.ini file has a setting called "SLocalSavePath" where you could change where the save files reside. Still, you'll have to leave the Skyrim.ini file where it is.

    Another solution is to create a link to the new saves location (using the command prompt):
    mklink /d "C:\Users\username\Documents\My Games\Skyrim" "E:\My Saves\Skyrim"

    Or whatever the location is.

  4. ha14
    October 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Skyrim: Change save file location?

    Can I backup and restore my Skyrim saves if I plan on installing a new OS? [closed]

    Moving a Steam Installation and Games

    Create a symbolic link in Program Files\Steam that points to a steamapps directory somewhere else.