There are a number of reasons why you might want to move or copy your Fortnite program, such as you just bought a new computer or a new hard drive. While you could download the 32 GB installation file again on your new computer or hard drive, there is a much less time-consuming way.
Here is how to do it:
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 have access to your new drive from your current computer, you can directly copy it from one drive to the other.
Otherwise, you can use a USB drive to copy the folder from your current computer to your new one.
You will find your Fortnite folder in either C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite or the custom folder that you chose when you initially installed the program. There are many ways to copy the folder, but the easiest is through Windows Explorer.
When copying the folder, you should copy it to a temporary folder on your new hard drive, such as D:\temp, or anywhere 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 your current installation of the program. To do this, run the Epic Games Launcher and select the Library option from the left-hand menu.
Then, click on the settings gear under the Fortnite icon and select Uninstall. You will also have 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 are simply moving Fornite to another drive in your current computer, you can skip this step and run the launcher as you would normally do.
Once in the launcher, select Libary from the left-hand menu and click on the Install button for Fortnite. A dialog box will display, asking you where you want to install the program.
If you are installing it on a new computer, you can use the default location. If you are installing it on another drive on your current computer, input a location on your new drive.
Keep in mind that whatever 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 begin installing the program. It will first indicate that it is “Initializing” the process.
When this completes, it will state that it is now “Installing” the software. At this point, you should click the X button to cancel the installation, and then you should 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 attempted to perform the installation. It may have also copied a few files there as well.
You should now move your copy of the Fornite folder into this one. Again, the easiest way to do this is through Windows Explorer.
While you are moving the folder, Windows Explorer will likely display a message stating that some of the files you are moving already exist. Select “Replace the files in the destination.”
5. Finish the Installation
The final 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 verify that the program files are not corrupted in any way. If it finds any corrupted files, it will download new versions of these files.
Once the “Verifying” process is complete, you can start Fortnite by clicking on the Launch button just as you would normally do.