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#1 Nothing Here

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 16:48

One of the main complaints that many gamers have in regards to Valve Software’s popular Steam gaming platform is the limitation to one installation directory and partition. While you can use some magic, in form of programs like Steam Mover to move some folders to another drive, it was not something that a lot of Steam users knew about.
If you have been running out of disk space on the drive Steam was installed on, you were left with the choice to uninstall one of your installed games to make space for the new game, or move the entire Steam games library to another drive on your computer.
Valve finally seems to have come to their senses. When you run a game installation on Steam now, you will be presented with an “choose drive to install to” option. You can use the option to create a secondary Steam library on another drive that is connected to the computer locally.
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Please note that you only see the option if the system has another partition or hard drive that is accessible under its own drive letter. You won’t get that option if you only have one partition on the system.
A click on “create new Steam library on drive x:\” opens a configuration menu where you can select the Steam library folder location on the drive. You need to create a folder for the new Steam library as you can’t select the drive root as the location.
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Steam goes back to the game installation screen afterwards and displays the newly selected path under the installation options. The game is then downloaded and installed as usual on the system.
It feels strange that it took Valve that long to integrate secondary game libraries into Steam. The rise of Solid State Drives may have convinced the company to give it a shot, considering that you can’t save lots of games on an average SSD.


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#2 ahhell

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 16:53

Not sure why it took YEARS for that option.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 16:55

Yea noticed this after the last update and went "cool".

I solved it in the past by just installing steam on the HDD and not my SSD at all.

Not sure why it took YEARS for that option.


Probably a lot to do with the DRM really.

#4 f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 16:59

Cool Indeed! I might try Skyrim on my SSD later today. :)

#5 ryoohki

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 17:02

Gotta love those silent SSD gaming LOL ;) but oh god $$$$$ my 240GIG is almost full already noooooooooooooooooooooo NEED MORE SSD'S! :)

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 17:03

Finally, yay an option very much needed :D

#7 Zac Bowden

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 17:04

Some games don't seem to offer to install on another HDD, for example Borderlands has no option, whereas GTA IV does.

Why is this?

#8 tsupersonic

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 17:13

This has been in the past couple of updates...but yeah, it is pretty cool. I have Steam installed on my 80 GB SSD, and 80 GB isn't a whole lot of space for games. So, I ended up creating a library on one of my HDD's to store what I can't fit on the SSD.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 17:59

Probably a lot to do with the DRM really.


Actually, probably a lot to do with this:

Some games don't seem to offer to install on another HDD, for example Borderlands has no option, whereas GTA IV does.

Why is this?


GTA IV uses Steam's new-ish HTTP-based content delivery system, which also uses a new file manifest format (ACF files vs GCF/NCFs), Borderlands probably still uses the old NCF-based system which doesn't have the flexibility to be installed out of location.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 18:03

Actually, probably a lot to do with this:



GTA IV uses Steam's new-ish HTTP-based content delivery system, which also uses a new file manifest format (ACF files vs GCF/NCFs), Borderlands probably still uses the old NCF-based system which doesn't have the flexibility to be installed out of location.


Not sure I agree with that. As my Steam install resides on D: and I have never had issues.

#11 threetonesun

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 18:04

Interesting. I just moved mine off of my SSD (thanks Max Payne), the HD is slower, but I guess now I get to read the loading screen text.

#12 cropcircles

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 18:11

Steam finally realized people had more then one hard drive with their games on them as they needed more space. I've tried to keep my primary OS separate from my games, movie files for years. It's about time.

#13 medhunter

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 18:16

Alittle bit late.
Yesterday, I have just extended my C Drive and changed the partitions sizes just in order to make room for more steam games.
I should have waited for a day

Steam finally realized people had more then one hard drive with their games on them as they needed more space. I've tried to keep my primary OS separate from my games, movie files for years. It's about time.

I do this very radically.Simply, I use my main OS as Ubuntu and 2ry OS for games is win7.Altough, Ihave an Xbox 360 Slim already.

#14 Athernar

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 18:24

Not sure I agree with that. As my Steam install resides on D: and I have never had issues.


I think you're confusing Steam install location with library install location(s), you could install Steam to any drive you want - but any files would have to be within steamapps\common\.

#15 threetonesun

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 18:35

I think you're confusing Steam install location with library install location(s), you could install Steam to any drive you want - but any files would have to be within steamapps\common\.


Any installed game files... save files / profiles could end up all of the place.



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