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How to change the installation path

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How to change the installation path

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I wanted to have the sims on an external hard drive. I know it's not recommended, but I don't have any more space on my mac. I've scrolled through endless posts about how to change the installation path, but this (https://crinrict.com/blog/2019/06/origin-how-to-change-the-installation-path.html) is very outdated and doesn't work anymore. I was wondering if anyone knows "the new way" to do this. 

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That's fine Standard smile Just change the game library location in Origin to your external and then download the game, it should install straight to it.

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Re: How to change the installation path

@cruelaugust

Move the Sims 4 app from your Applications folder to the external. Open Origin and go to Origin > Preferences > Installs & Saves and change the game library location to your external.

If you are running Catalina make sure that you allow Origin access to external drives when prompted, and the game if it prompts for it.

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@Bluebellflora I don't have the sims installed anymore. I'm trying to reinstall it on the har drive. 

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@cruelaugust

That's fine Standard smile Just change the game library location in Origin to your external and then download the game, it should install straight to it.

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Thank you!

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You're welcome Standard smile

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@Bluebellflora my external drive isn't showing up on the options to reinstall - it only gives me the option to redirect the game onto another location on my Mac - could I drag it to the external drive and not relocate on origin?
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@UniPixie01

Is the drive mounting properly on your Mac? What have you formatted the drive as?

You have to change the file path in Origin otherwise it won't know where to look for the game when you press play. Try following these instructions - https://answers.ea.com/t5/Technical-Issues-Mac/Can-t-find-External-Hard-Drive-in-Origin-MAC/m-p/8686...

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@Bluebellflora Thanks for your help!! I just needed to figure out what the drive was called/where it was located.
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