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How do I stop games from putting saves directly to my Boot Drive (SSD)?

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June 12, 2014 4:43:36 PM

So I was feeling a little nostalgic and decided to give Skyrim another go on my new computer. So I downloaded it from steam and installed it to my main drive (marked as E:/). But when I tried to save a game, it just simply won't (which lead to a total loss of a character and caused a LOT of frustration).

I later found out that all of my games had been constantly filling up my SSD with all their saves. I was wondering if there was any way to prevent this from happening?

Preferably without going into the command console or anything of that nature. Thanks in advance!
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June 12, 2014 5:52:22 PM

Are the saves going to your profile(my documents folder)? You should move it to your E drive.
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June 12, 2014 5:55:52 PM

Sharpfoam said:
So I was feeling a little nostalgic and decided to give Skyrim another go on my new computer. So I downloaded it from steam and installed it to my main drive (marked as E:/). But when I tried to save a game, it just simply won't (which lead to a total loss of a character and caused a LOT of frustration).

I later found out that all of my games had been constantly filling up my SSD with all their saves. I was wondering if there was any way to prevent this from happening?

Preferably without going into the command console or anything of that nature. Thanks in advance!


I've redirected my documents to avoid most stuff, but it varies game to game and dev to dev. To redirect just rightclick My Documents (or whatever) under Documents in explorer (under desktop/libraries) and choose PROPERTIES, for instance in this case on win7. You'll see a LOCATION tab. I just change the letter to where I want it and not on my SSD/boot. That will solve SOME games that are attempting to write under this folder, but surely won't cover all your games. Civ4 goes there, Heroes 5 etc. It really is all over the map depending on dev. If a game freaks (they shouldn't but no guarantee here) you can put it back.

I'll note: Gmail doesn't like this if in IMAP though which prompted me to nix it as i don't care about that and what it does (I'm using outlook here for all my accounts). Just a comment. You can get around it, but it's a real PITA and sometimes that doesn't work whatever your solution is (not even going to go into it here). If you like words like symbolic links, junction points, registry edits, ForcePSTpath etc go for it...For most people, heed the warning (just use pop3 instead) ;)  This is probably a rare case but just thought I'd at least mention it. There are likely other caveats but YMMV. I have no other issues so far and am able to work around most if they come up anyway. But I'm a nerd/tech so I don't mind doing a crapload of homework to kill a problem...LOL. I can do the gmail fix but I don't really care and rarely even use the account ;) 

You seem to want something simple, and this is about as good as you get for many games. Not sure how wide that net is, but its at least a net ;)  Since my latest OS install I don't have many games on to check. I've been busy with other stuff, little game time, waiting for 20nm to have my games maxed again etc.

Not sure if you'd have to copy the contents to there once redirected (no idea what OS you're using etc). Just open explorer (whatever if on mac, linux etc) and check to see if the data is there on the new drive after a redirect of the folder (for me redirected to a regular HD with ample space). IF not copy it. Then you're safe to delete the copy on your SSD if the OS doesn't do it already.

You can redirect your entire profile also, but don't really want to go there here and you're looking for simple I think (that is probably more complicated depending on OS) though it would catch more that store elsewhere.
http://www.starkeith.net/coredump/2009/05/18/how-to-mov...
Just an example of that, and note the MULTIPLE warnings and as he notes everyone's situation is different (even than mine above).
"if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up with a big mess. You have been warned!"
"please don’t email me asking for help"

LOL. Okay then, message received ;) 

When in doubt backup up the entire folder to some other drive (external I'd say) before doing ANYTHING I said. Ok not when in doubt, do it anyway...LOL. Don't need a bunch of hate posts from users here, so backup stuff first people ;)  You can change it back anyway, but always better safe than sorry right? :)  Besides I probably just reminded some people to backup since many of us don't do enough of it nor have it set up properly to CYA always...ROFL. Raise your hand if you KNOW you have a sound backup solution in place and working so you can recover in any situation (bare metal etc)?... I'm guessing not many just went up. :)  What's that famous Andy Grove line (book actually)? ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE...LOL. Yes, that particular human is AWESOME IMHO. I probably should have put the backup part at the top :)  I hope this isn't confusing.
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June 12, 2014 6:24:30 PM

Thank you so much somebodyspecial! This totally worked for me!
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June 12, 2014 8:33:05 PM

Sharpfoam said:
Thank you so much somebodyspecial! This totally worked for me!


You're very welcome. Enjoy your games. Try not to miss work over an all-nighter on Skyrim tonight ;) 
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