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How to move all my STEAM games to another hard drive without redownloading them?

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October 24, 2013 4:06:15 PM

I am getting a new 1TB hard drive and I would like to know how do i move all my steam games and game data without reinstalling and downloading. Redownloading everything will take a very very long time because there is lots of games.

When i move the steam games on another hard drive, the next time i download a game it will automatically download on my new hard drive right?
October 24, 2013 4:17:10 PM

As for your second question:
You can designate the default location in the Steam client.
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October 24, 2013 4:18:39 PM

There is an awesome piece of software called Steam Mover. I also have SSD for main startup and some games but all my Steam games reside on my 2TB hard drive. Self explanatory to use. Go here and follow link to download. Good ,Luck.

http://download.cnet.com/Steam-Mover/3000-2248_4-757642...

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October 24, 2013 4:36:47 PM

Hookster67 said:
There is an awesome piece of software called Steam Mover. I also have SSD for main startup and some games but all my Steam games reside on my 2TB hard drive. Self explanatory to use. Go here and follow link to download. Good ,Luck.

http://download.cnet.com/Steam-Mover/3000-2248_4-757642...



Am i allowed to keep some games on my old drive?
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October 24, 2013 4:39:56 PM

USAFRet said:
Direct from Steam:
Moving a Steam Installation and Games


If i move the whole folder to my new hard drive will steam automatically download my games to the new hard drive? Also, am i allowed to have some steam games on 2 hard drives at the same time?
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October 24, 2013 4:57:12 PM

ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
Direct from Steam:
Moving a Steam Installation and Games


If i move the whole folder to my new hard drive will steam automatically download my games to the new hard drive? Also, am i allowed to have some steam games on 2 hard drives at the same time?


Go into Steam Settings - Steam Library Folders, and designate a new folder on the other drive. Now designate another folder on another drive. When you start the installation/download, you can select which one that particular game should go in.

Like this:

http://i.imgur.com/xYCcgV7.png

One of drives is a large HDD, one is a secondary SSD
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October 24, 2013 6:13:57 PM

USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
Direct from Steam:
Moving a Steam Installation and Games


If i move the whole folder to my new hard drive will steam automatically download my games to the new hard drive? Also, am i allowed to have some steam games on 2 hard drives at the same time?


Go into Steam Settings - Steam Library Folders, and designate a new folder on the other drive. Now designate another folder on another drive. When you start the installation/download, you can select which one that particular game should go in.

Like this:

http://i.imgur.com/xYCcgV7.png

One of drives is a large HDD, one is a secondary SSD


Okay thanks! But how do i choose which hard drive is the default location to download games? Like when you download a new game
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October 24, 2013 6:19:52 PM

ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
Direct from Steam:
Moving a Steam Installation and Games


If i move the whole folder to my new hard drive will steam automatically download my games to the new hard drive? Also, am i allowed to have some steam games on 2 hard drives at the same time?


Go into Steam Settings - Steam Library Folders, and designate a new folder on the other drive. Now designate another folder on another drive. When you start the installation/download, you can select which one that particular game should go in.

Like this:

http://i.imgur.com/xYCcgV7.png

One of drives is a large HDD, one is a secondary SSD


Okay thanks! But how do i choose which hard drive is the default location to download games? Like when you download a new game


When you go to the install, there is a dropdown where you can select the target drive/folder. Or even make a new target on the fly.
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October 24, 2013 6:27:34 PM

USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
Direct from Steam:
Moving a Steam Installation and Games


If i move the whole folder to my new hard drive will steam automatically download my games to the new hard drive? Also, am i allowed to have some steam games on 2 hard drives at the same time?


Go into Steam Settings - Steam Library Folders, and designate a new folder on the other drive. Now designate another folder on another drive. When you start the installation/download, you can select which one that particular game should go in.

Like this:

http://i.imgur.com/xYCcgV7.png

One of drives is a large HDD, one is a secondary SSD


Okay thanks! But how do i choose which hard drive is the default location to download games? Like when you download a new game


When you go to the install, there is a dropdown where you can select the target drive/folder. Or even make a new target on the fly.


kay, after i select it, the drive will stay selected till i use the dropdown menu to switch it right?
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October 24, 2013 6:32:40 PM

ichigo1000 said:

kay, after i select it, the drive will stay selected till i use the dropdown menu to switch it right?


Game A is installed on Drive X. Game B is installed on Drive Y.
Steam knows the difference.

They do not change after installation.
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October 24, 2013 6:42:29 PM

USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:

kay, after i select it, the drive will stay selected till i use the dropdown menu to switch it right?


Game A is installed on Drive X. Game B is installed on Drive Y.
Steam knows the difference.

They do not change after installation.


Yeah, what i am saying is:
Pretend i am installing a new game, i chose the new drive in the drop down menu.
The next time i download another game, will it be automatically setted to installing on the new drive? (Sometimes i forget, and dont switch the dropdown menu to the new drive)
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October 24, 2013 6:45:17 PM

ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:

kay, after i select it, the drive will stay selected till i use the dropdown menu to switch it right?


Game A is installed on Drive X. Game B is installed on Drive Y.
Steam knows the difference.

They do not change after installation.


Yeah, what i am saying is:
Pretend i am installing a new game, i chose the new drive in the drop down menu.
The next time i download another game, will it be automatically setted to installing on the new drive? (Sometimes i forget, and dont switch the dropdown menu to the new drive)


I believe it defaults to the first folder in the list if you have more than one.
In my above image, that would be "F:\Steam"
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October 24, 2013 6:47:10 PM

USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:
USAFRet said:
ichigo1000 said:

kay, after i select it, the drive will stay selected till i use the dropdown menu to switch it right?


Game A is installed on Drive X. Game B is installed on Drive Y.
Steam knows the difference.

They do not change after installation.


Yeah, what i am saying is:
Pretend i am installing a new game, i chose the new drive in the drop down menu.
The next time i download another game, will it be automatically setted to installing on the new drive? (Sometimes i forget, and dont switch the dropdown menu to the new drive)


I believe it defaults to the first folder in the list if you have more than one.
In my above image, that would be "F:\Steam"


Alright then, i would probably just move the whole steam installation to the new drive since i always forget to switch the dropdown menu to my new drive.
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October 24, 2013 8:12:43 PM

ichigo1000 said:
Hookster67 said:
There is an awesome piece of software called Steam Mover. I also have SSD for main startup and some games but all my Steam games reside on my 2TB hard drive. Self explanatory to use. Go here and follow link to download. Good ,Luck.

http://download.cnet.com/Steam-Mover/3000-2248_4-757642...



Am i allowed to keep some games on my old drive?


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October 24, 2013 8:14:10 PM

You can keep games on your old drive as well. It works real well and Steam does not control it the software does. It is up to you. It is kind of like a file manager for Steam games basically. Try it out. Worse case you can uninstall the software if you do not like. This software is for after you installed the games. The games are then installed to whatever drive you want to transfer them to. If you had multiple drives you could put them across other drives as well. It works really well.
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February 13, 2014 6:15:56 PM

I actually found a great way to get this done. Back up your old drive, or the directories you wish. AFTER you back up uninstall steam. Put in you new drive and restor files. There will be a file called steam.exe.old in your directory. Rename to steam.exe, execute that file it will run a small update, maybe 60mb. Then it will reinstall itself and wallah, all your games are there. Some may require an update, (for me it was 9 games 5gb). The backup I used was 4 months old. Everything is right for me now and running great!
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