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Steam seems to have forgotten where my games are installed.

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April 29, 2014 7:51:21 AM

Normally, I'd ask such a question on the steam forums but Tomshardware has provided such good answers to my questions in the past, that I trust this community more.

Alright, so I changed the name of my D drive (where some steam games were installed) and also the name of the folder where the steamlibrary was in that D drive. Now, all those games in that steam Library in the D drive have become "uninstalled" (as it says "Install game" when I hover my house over them on my games library). But it couldn't have become uninstalled as the hard drive space is still taken up by the game's data, My conclusion is that steam simply forgot somehow that a steam library existed in my D drive. I really don't want to install all those games again (with the crappy internet in Dhaka) as it would take days. I'd be very grateful for any help. Thanks in advance.

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April 29, 2014 7:58:20 AM

Stream didn't forget anything. It had an address for the game files and you gave the game files a new address. Essentially you put your own game files in the Witness Protection Program. The easiest fix is to change the drive name/letter back.
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April 29, 2014 8:06:53 AM

Zooshooter said:
Stream didn't forget anything. It had an address for the game files and you gave the game files a new address. Essentially you put your own game files in the Witness Protection Program. The easiest fix is to change the drive name/letter back.

I tried your suggestion and restarted my pc. Didn't work.
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April 29, 2014 8:11:13 AM

I guess you can always fall back on manually launching the games instead of going through Steam.
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April 29, 2014 8:13:23 AM

I've had this happen before. You need to point steam to your game library in its settings and all of the games will come back.
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April 29, 2014 8:17:47 AM

rwpritchett said:
I've had this happen before. You need to point steam to your game library in its settings and all of the games will come back.


Sorry for sounding like such a colossal noob, but I don't have a 100% clear idea on how to do that. Should I click "install game" on one of the "uninstalled" games and direct the install directory to where the game is originally installed (as in, it's folder location in my D drive). It seems your suggestion could work as I just need you to clarify this confusion of mine. Thanks in advance.
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April 29, 2014 10:05:04 AM

rwpritchett said:
I've had this happen before. You need to point steam to your game library in its settings and all of the games will come back.


Dude, thanks so much. Saved me a hella lot of time.
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