Moving Steam from HDD to an SSD or Hybrid Option

#1 Posted by bigsmoke77 (789 posts) -

In a recent Bombcast the crew was talking about SSDs and their limited space and how that affects Steam and all their games. I recently purchased an SSD and found this Guide on Installing and Optimizing an SSD. Link.In this guide there is a section about moving steam or having steam on an SSD while keeping some of your games on an HDD. Thought it was kinda neat and might be useful for some duders.

How to move steam to another drive:

  1. Delete everything in the Steam folder except for the "steam.exe" and the "steamapps" folder
  2. Move the steam folder over to the secondary drive you want it on
  3. Open the "steam.exe" and it will reconfigure steam
  4. Log in and BAM! All your games are recognized
  5. Now, you can put what ever games you want on the SSD with Steam Mover (or junctions)
  6. Create another folder on the C:\ drive and name it (C:\Users\Sean\Steam Games)
  7. Run Steam Mover and have it move the game to that location and you are done!
  8. Now go play the games you want!

How to have steam on the SSD while having the games on either the SSD or HDD:

  1. Delete everything in the Steam folder except for the "steam.exe" and the "steamapps" folder
  2. Have the "steam.exe" to a folder made on the C:\ drive (C:\Users\Sean\Steam)
  3. Have the "steamapps" folder on the HDD you want to store your games (D:\User\Program Files\Steam\steamapps)
  4. Make a junction from the "steamapps" folder to the SSD folder with the "steam.exe" in it
  5. Open the "steam.exe" and it will reconfigure steam
  6. Logged in and BAM! All your games are recognized and steam is on the SSD and the games on the other drive.
  7. Now, you can put what ever games you want on the SSD with Steam Mover (or junctions)
  8. Create another folder on the C:\ drive and name it (C:\Users\Sean\Steam Games)
  9. Run Steam Mover and have it move the game to that location and you are done!
  10. Now go play the games you want!
#2 Posted by InfamousBIG (3202 posts) -

@bigsmoke77: Know this is thread necromancy but just wanted to say thanks, this helped me out with my new SSD.

#3 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@InfamousBIG said:

@bigsmoke77: Know this is thread necromancy but just wanted to say thanks, this helped me out with my new SSD.

Steam has built-in SSD management now (kinda) if you are on the Big Picture beta opt-in

#4 Posted by Forcen (1830 posts) -

If you install the latest steam beta you pick other folders on your computer when installing.

Just go to settings>downloads>steam library folders.

#5 Posted by Jams (2961 posts) -

@Sooty said:

@InfamousBIG said:

@bigsmoke77: Know this is thread necromancy but just wanted to say thanks, this helped me out with my new SSD.

Steam has built-in SSD management now (kinda) if you are on the Big Picture beta opt-in

@Forcen said:

If you install the latest steam beta you pick other folders on your computer when installing.

Just go to settings>downloads>steam library folders.

Not all games are compatible with it though. I can't get Skyrim to install to the separate drive.

#6 Posted by InfamousBIG (3202 posts) -

@Jams said:

@Sooty said:

@InfamousBIG said:

@bigsmoke77: Know this is thread necromancy but just wanted to say thanks, this helped me out with my new SSD.

Steam has built-in SSD management now (kinda) if you are on the Big Picture beta opt-in

@Forcen said:

If you install the latest steam beta you pick other folders on your computer when installing.

Just go to settings>downloads>steam library folders.

Not all games are compatible with it though. I can't get Skyrim to install to the separate drive.

I don't know about the Big Picture stuff but I found a simpler way to do a hybrid install (I think it's that Steam Mover OP talked about but an updated version? Idk the junction stuff confused me so I used this):

http://www.stefanjones.ca/steam/

That should be able to help you with your problem unless the Big Picture stuff messes up the system for some reason (I don't see how, but like I said, I'm not opted in).

Anyway, SSDs are awesome!

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