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cant get games to play from my hard drive on new computer?

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August 25, 2013 9:12:51 PM

i have just upgraded my gaming pc and so i thought i could put all my games on my spare hard drive and copy them into the steam apps folder and origin games folder and it would save me having to wait days for the games to download again. when i did this however the steam and origin wouldnt see that it was there it just asked me if i want to download the game. is there a way around this?

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August 25, 2013 9:53:12 PM

If you have the game files in the right place most of the time steam will 'discover existing files' during the downloading process, just install the games as normal and it should do this automatically (steam will still have to download a few files).

Another way you could do it is start the download, pause it and exit steam then copy over the files and run steam, it should then discover the files that way (not sure if this way still works).

As for origin, i could never figure out how to get this to work, even after reinstalling windows origin would want to redownload the games even though it was on another HD with all the game.
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August 25, 2013 10:37:16 PM

ShadyHamster said:
If you have the game files in the right place most of the time steam will 'discover existing files' during the downloading process, just install the games as normal and it should do this automatically (steam will still have to download a few files).

Another way you could do it is start the download, pause it and exit steam then copy over the files and run steam, it should then discover the files that way (not sure if this way still works).

As for origin, i could never figure out how to get this to work, even after reinstalling windows origin would want to redownload the games even though it was on another HD with all the game.


Thanks ill try that now. Should it matter that my last pc was 32 bit?
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August 25, 2013 10:58:41 PM

ShadyHamster said:
If you have the game files in the right place most of the time steam will 'discover existing files' during the downloading process, just install the games as normal and it should do this automatically (steam will still have to download a few files).

Another way you could do it is start the download, pause it and exit steam then copy over the files and run steam, it should then discover the files that way (not sure if this way still works).

As for origin, i could never figure out how to get this to work, even after reinstalling windows origin would want to redownload the games even though it was on another HD with all the game.


Your second idea didnt work but im hoping the first one will. Its up to 5% now, 800mb.
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August 27, 2013 11:20:22 AM

gomilly said:
ShadyHamster said:
If you have the game files in the right place most of the time steam will 'discover existing files' during the downloading process, just install the games as normal and it should do this automatically (steam will still have to download a few files).

Another way you could do it is start the download, pause it and exit steam then copy over the files and run steam, it should then discover the files that way (not sure if this way still works).

As for origin, i could never figure out how to get this to work, even after reinstalling windows origin would want to redownload the games even though it was on another HD with all the game.


Thanks ill try that now. Should it matter that my last pc was 32 bit?


It may make a big difference if the programs have 32 and 64 bit versions. Plus make sure the directory is the same, in 64 bit, there are two Program Files directories.
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August 29, 2013 5:23:44 AM

hang-the-9 said:
gomilly said:
ShadyHamster said:
If you have the game files in the right place most of the time steam will 'discover existing files' during the downloading process, just install the games as normal and it should do this automatically (steam will still have to download a few files).

Another way you could do it is start the download, pause it and exit steam then copy over the files and run steam, it should then discover the files that way (not sure if this way still works).

As for origin, i could never figure out how to get this to work, even after reinstalling windows origin would want to redownload the games even though it was on another HD with all the game.


Thanks ill try that now. Should it matter that my last pc was 32 bit?


It may make a big difference if the programs have 32 and 64 bit versions. Plus make sure the directory is the same, in 64 bit, there are two Program Files directories.


ok i managed to install bf3 into origin by placing the file into the right place and clicking download which got origin to realize the game was already there. couldnt get that to happen on steam so i just downloaded one of my games and ill have to wait till next month to download the other because im using up all my data for the month
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