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Can I use my HDD that was used in my old desktop and use it for my new desktop?

I'm building a new PC and was wondering if I can take the HDD out of my old PC and put it in my new desktop. I should still be able to access the files and no, the OS is not stored on this HDD. I have a separate SSD that will have the OS on it.

All I want to do is to be able to connect my steam games to the HDD since they're all already installed on it. (I could wipe it and reinstall all of the games and connect my steam to those directories, but it seems redundant to me if I do that).

Thanks in Advance!
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  1. You still have to install the games all over if i recall correct since the OS needs to keep track of them.
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    Tslap said:
    I'm building a new PC and was wondering if I can take the HDD out of my old PC and put it in my new desktop. I should still be able to access the files and no, the OS is not stored on this HDD. I have a separate SSD that will have the OS on it.

    All I want to do is to be able to connect my steam games to the HDD since they're all already installed on it. (I could wipe it and reinstall all of the games and connect my steam to those directories, but it seems redundant to me if I do that).

    Thanks in Advance!


    As a secondary drive, yes.
    The "files" on it, yes.
    Any "applications on it", no.
    Steam games on it? Yes. Just tell your new Steam client whre they are:
    Steam games location
    In the steam client:
    Steam
    Settings
    Downloads
    Steam Library Folders
    Add library folder
  3. Well what do you know :) even I learned something new :)
  4. lumineZ said:
    Well what do you know :) even I learned something new :)


    And you can even move already installed Steam games:

    To move an already installed game
    Games library
    Right click the game
    Properties
    Local Files
    Move Install Folder
  5. Hehehe! without knowing it USAFRet you now fixed an annoying problem for me also with the last post :D thank you :D
  6. lumineZ said:
    Hehehe! without knowing it USAFRet you now fixed an annoying problem for me also with the last post :D thank you :D


    You're welcome.
    That's been a thing in the Steam world for a couple of years.
  7. Yea well I have to be honest. I have not played around with steam at all so I dont know mutch about settings etc, but it seems it might be time to do so ^^
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