I'm getting a bit tired or waiting for ages for my PC to start up, so I'm planning on purchasing an SSD to boot my windows with it. Then I thought that it might be nice to have BF3 installed on it too. Unfortunately I can't find any info on how to install only one of Origin games to a different location.

So the question is:

Is it possible to install only BF3(for example) on an SSD and all other games to the normal HDD? And if not, will there be a big difference in starting time of BF3 if I start it from an SSD or a HDD?


Any information would be appreciated

  • Oh the problems of not being able to use Steam for some games.
    – Batophobia
    Jul 1, 2013 at 20:56

2 Answers 2


The only way to do this at the moment, is to create a symlink and then move all files of the game to this new location. This requires to have NTFS as filesystem. This reroutes a directory or file to the true location of the file/directory.

More informations: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/

For your second question:

I personally would not install BF3 on a SSD since it does not require streaming textures and therefore, a SSD only provides a very minimal advantage when loading the level initially.

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    Another option: Convince enough gamers to refuse using Origin and giving EA money until EA agrees to change their policies. This is how the world works.
    – Batophobia
    Jul 1, 2013 at 21:06

I think the accepted answer on this question will allow you to move any single origin game to a different location.

Is it possible to install games to different hard drives?

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