Best tool to move steam games

#1 Posted by Wuddel (2057 posts) -

I just treated my PC with a SSD. Quick whats the best tool to move games between drives? I guess I want the main steam directory on the SSD and then manually move games.

#2 Edited by Joker369 (858 posts) -

I use this. http://www.stefanjones.ca/steam/

Brad has talked about it many times on the bombcast and I think it's the best.

I have only a 120GB SSD and this lets me transfer games to and from it.

#3 Posted by Scrawnto (2413 posts) -
#4 Posted by Skyfire543 (586 posts) -

You can pretty easily back up games from Steam. Just right click the game in your Library and find Backup Game Files, choose the folder you want to back it up to and then go. I'm pretty sure it makes a setup.exe.

#5 Posted by 49th (2549 posts) -

I wish Steam would officially support something like this. I'm always nervous about using one of these even though it would probably be fine.

#6 Posted by Dagbiker (6898 posts) -

A Kettel.

#7 Posted by Sackmanjones (4609 posts) -

I would like to know the answer to this also. I have 2 internal hard drives and one external and would like to take advantage of that

#8 Posted by Devildoll (832 posts) -

just try those two linked, they do the same thing, two people just happen to make a program each.

This is just moving files people, there is not really any room for best way here, either it works, or someone dun fucked up.

#9 Posted by ItBeStefYo (1021 posts) -

Don't you just drag and drop in your files?

#10 Posted by Wuddel (2057 posts) -

Thanks gents. I also only have a 120 GB SSD.

#11 Posted by Fattony12000 (6365 posts) -

Use:

mklink /J

In the command prompt (run as admin).

#12 Edited by MB (11320 posts) -

@Fattony12000 said:

Use:

mklink /J

In the command prompt (run as admin).

This is really the best tool for managing space on SSD's there is, and it only requires the user to be just a little familiar with using the command prompt. @ItBeStefYo said:

Don't you just drag and drop in your files?

The problem with doing that with programs is that Windows may not know where to look for the components it needs when you run your game exe. Using mklink creates symbolic links and creates redirects to wherever you want. This is the only way to have Steam installed on one drive and selectively install certain games on another. I use this tool to keep Steam and the games I'm playing installed on my SSD, and the rest of my games that I may not be playing as often on platter drives.

I believe the tools listed above are GUI implementations of the mklink tool.

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#13 Posted by Fattony12000 (6365 posts) -

@MB said:

@Fattony12000 said:

Use:

mklink /J

In the command prompt (run as admin).

This is really the best tool for managing space on SSD's there is, and it only requires the user to be just a little familiar with using the command prompt. @ItBeStefYo said:

Don't you just drag and drop in your files?

The problem with doing that with programs is that Windows may not know where to look for the components it needs when you run your game exe. Using mklink creates symbolic links and creates redirects to wherever you want. This is the only way to have Steam installed on one drive and selectively install certain games on another. I use this tool to keep Steam and the games I'm playing installed on my SSD, and the rest of my games that I may not be playing as often on platter drives.

I believe the tools listed above are GUI implementations of the mklink tool.

Yup, it's the only proper way to do it. And in actual fact, if you have fingers and can type letters on a keyboard you'll be able to make a junction link in quicker time than it takes to download and install and run and use a program to do the same thing. In that vein, however, the best GUI way to do it is to use this:

http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm

It can also be used to FIND existing junction links, which is nifty.

#14 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1543 posts) -
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#15 Posted by Devildoll (832 posts) -

@ItBeStefYo said:

Don't you just drag and drop in your files?

cause you want to store your games on multiple drives, while still having them connected to steam.

@MB said:

@Fattony12000 said:

Use:

mklink /J

In the command prompt (run as admin).

This is really the best tool for managing space on SSD's there is, and it only requires the user to be just a little familiar with using the command prompt.

steam tool etc is pretty much a gui version of that.

i used to write mklink one time per game i wanted to move, using steam tool instead made that a little quicker for me in the long run.

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