There are several reasons why you want to move or copy your Fortnite program, for example because you just bought a new computer or hard drive. While you can re-download the 32GB installation file to your new computer or hard drive, there is a much less time-consuming way.
Here’s how to move Fortnite to another unit:
1. Make a Copy of Your Fortnite Folder
The first thing you want to do is make a copy of your Fortnite folder. If you can access your new drive from your current computer, you can copy it directly from one drive to another.
Otherwise, you can use a USB drive to copy the folder from your current computer to the new one.
You can find your Fortnite folder at C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite or in the custom folder you chose when you first installed the program. There are many ways to copy the folder, but the easiest one is through Windows Explorer.
When you copy the folder, you must copy it to a temporary folder on your new hard drive, such as D:\temp, or somewhere on the USB drive.
2. Uninstall Fortnite (If Necessary)
If you are installing the program on the same computer, or if you want to free up space on your old computer, you can now uninstall the current installation of the program. To do this, run the Epic Games Launcher and select the Library option from the menu on the left.
Then click the settings gear below the Fortnite icon and select Uninstall. You also need to confirm that this is what you want.
3. Install Fortnite on Your New Computer or Drive
If you are installing Fortnite on a new computer, you must first download and install the Epic Games Launcher on the new computer. Then run this application and log in with your user account.
If you just move Fortnite to another drive on your current computer, you can skip this step and run the launcher as you normally would.
In the launcher, select Library from the menu on the left and click the Install for Fortnite button. A dialog box will appear asking where you want to install the program.
If you install it on a new computer, you can use the default location. If you are installing it on a different drive on your current computer, enter a location on your new drive.
Note that the location you choose must not yet exist or the launcher will display an error.
After you click the Install button in the dialog box, the launcher will start installing the program. It will first indicate that it is “initializing” the process.
When completed, it indicates that you are now “installing” the software. At this point, you need to click the X button to cancel the installation and then you need to exit the launcher.
4. Move the Copy of the Fornite Folder to the New Location
The launcher should have created a new folder where it tried to install. You may have copied some files there as well.
Now you need to move your copy of the Fortnite folder into this one. Again, the easiest way to do this is through Windows Explorer.
As you move the folder, Windows Explorer will likely display a message stating that some of the files you are moving already exist. Select “Replace files at destination”.
5. Finish the Installation
The last step is to restart the Epic Games Launcher. You should see the Fortnite icon along with a Resume button.
Click this button. The launcher will see that the application is already installed and will not download it.
It will simply check that the program files are not damaged in any way. If it finds corrupted files, it will download new versions of these files.
Once the “Verification Process” is completed, you can launch Fortnite by clicking the Start button as you normally would.