Gaming Thread, Steam now lets you install games to different drives in Fun Stuff; Finally!
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Now, whenever you attempt to install a game using the new file system (pretty ...
12th September 2012, 08:00 AM #1
Steam now lets you install games to different drives
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Now, whenever you attempt to install a game using the new file system (pretty much anything recent, and many will update), when you choose to install you’ll have a dropdown box offering any of the folders you’ve set via the console option. It works. I tried it.
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12th September 2012, 08:20 AM #2
WOOT! I wonder if it will allow you to move them from their current location as well?
12th September 2012, 08:33 AM #3
I just mounted a "games" drive within C:\ so I can use a HDD for games and a SSD for the O/S.
Is this a big deal?
12th September 2012, 08:55 AM #4
If not, I do believe there is a community tool on the interwebz that allows you to move current steam games to other locations.
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
12th September 2012, 09:03 AM #5
Cheers. I'll have to have a dig around for that one
Originally Posted by Rawns
12th September 2012, 09:09 AM #6
Apparently, you can also do it with the mklink dos command...
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
- Shut down Steam completely. (In the icon in your system tray, right click the Steam icon and click Exit, or from within the client click on the Steam menu and click Exit.)
- Move the game folder from its current location to its new location (using cut/paste or whichever method you prefer).
- Open up a command prompt as the administrator. (Start → All Programs → Accessories → Right click on Command Prompt → Run As Administrator)
- Use the mklink command to create a directory junction link from the old location to the new location. (Yes, I know, it’s the command line. There’s more to Windows than a GUI, you know.) Don’t forget to use the /J argument and make sure that each directory path is enclosed in double quotes or else the link will fail. Note also that it will create a new link wherever your old directory was, which is why you need to move the game directory.
Example: mklink /J "old directory" "new directory"
Below is the mklink program in action. mklink /J "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\portal 2" "D:\SteamApps\portal 2"
Junction created for C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\portal 2 <<===>> D:\SteamApps\portal 2
That’s it! When you start up Steam again, it should be oblivious to the fact that you moved the game directory.
12th September 2012, 09:11 AM #7
And here is the utility I was on about...
Guide on the tool: Steam Tool Library Manager, Move Steam Games
Download: SteamTool Library Manager 1.1
Full GUI but I assume it does roughly the same thing. Depends if you want it to be a simple or geeky process.
Last edited by Rawns; 12th September 2012 at 09:13 AM.
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