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One of the main complaints that many gamers have in regards to Valve Software

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Not sure why it took YEARS for that option.
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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.

[quote name='ahhell' timestamp='1354812827' post='595372724']
Not sure why it took YEARS for that option.
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Probably a lot to do with the DRM really.
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Cool Indeed! I might try Skyrim on my SSD later today. :)

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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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Finally, yay an option very much needed :D

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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?

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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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[quote name='LogicalApex' timestamp='1354812909' post='595372728']
Probably a lot to do with the DRM really.
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Actually, probably a lot to do with this:

[quote name='sM4llziE' timestamp='1354813459' post='595372756']
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?
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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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[quote name='Athernar' timestamp='1354816752' post='595372866']
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.
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Not sure I agree with that. As my Steam install resides on D: and I have never had issues.

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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.
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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.

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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

[quote name='cropcircles' timestamp='1354817465' post='595372904']
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.
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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.

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[quote name='LogicalApex' timestamp='1354817014' post='595372874']
Not sure I agree with that. As my Steam install resides on D: and I have never had issues.
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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\.

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[quote name='Athernar' timestamp='1354818246' post='595372942']
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\.
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Any installed game files... save files / profiles could end up all of the place.

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Wonder if you can do this with folders on a home server, would be cool if more than one PC could use the same game folder on a central computer, would have to be gigabit network and a very fast drive obviously.

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My Steam folder is now up to [b]1.6TB [/b]and contains over [b]one million[/b] files. I've got it on a dedicated 3TB hard-drive and I'm on Windows 8, so if it gets too large I'll add another drive to my Storage Spaces array and transfer it across.

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[quote name='threetonesun' timestamp='1354818932' post='595372970']
Any installed game files... save files / profiles could end up all of the place.
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Saves/profiles aren't really relevant in this context, the point is that the old system very likely depends on the launcher / base files (moreso for Steamworks titles) existing within the common folder under the Steam install path.

The new format probably has entries for custom library locations that the old didn't. The GCF/NCF file formats are very old, and date back to the original release of HL2 in 2004.

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I've had steam on my C drive and the games on my D drive for years, I dont think this is new

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[quote name='theyarecomingforyou' timestamp='1354819727' post='595373014']
My Steam folder is now up to [b]1.6TB [/b]and contains over [b]one million[/b] files. I've got it on a dedicated 3TB hard-drive and I'm on Windows 8, so if it gets too large I'll add another drive to my Storage Spaces array and transfer it across.
[/quote]Err, congratulation for hoarding games you'll never actually play and junking up your file system? Heh.

I tried this in the Bootstrapper beta they decided to postpone. It didn't work the greatest so I decided to hold off til a final release...now that it's in release I have plenty of space so I'm not terribly concerned.

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Meh I used junctions anyway long before this..

Games I regularly wanted to play/load fastest went on one of my ssds, others went on the steam drive.

Nice to see an official option though

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[quote name='Deranged' timestamp='1354820868' post='595373080']Err, congratulation for hoarding games you'll never actually play and junking up your file system? Heh.[/quote]

Modern file systems are perfectly capable of handling such data loads. If I want to play any game then I just launch it from Steam and it's up and running - no downloading, no delay. I often play older random games when I get bored. For instance, the other day I loaded up the original Crysis to take screenshots and I did the same with Aliens Versus Predator. If I kept deleting games that I hadn't played for years then I'd be constantly redownloading them and having to wait before playing them.

If I wanted gaming to be inconvenient and time consuming then I would have bought a console. I can afford the hard-drive capacity so I might as well use it, as I have over 13.5TB of storage and will probably add another 4TB at some point.

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[quote name='Athernar' timestamp='1354818246' post='595372942']
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\.
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Not confusing, just saying I don't see what his post of games not supporting alternative drives really means. As, the games already supported being installed on a drive other than C as long as Steam was also installed there.

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[quote name='LogicalApex' timestamp='1354822208' post='595373158']
Not confusing, just saying I don't see what his post of games not supporting alternative drives really means. As, the games already supported being installed on a drive other than C as long as Steam was also installed there.
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No, you are confusing the ability to install Steam to any drive with the ability for Steam to install different games to multiple drives.

The old content system is not capable of this feature, the new one however has it built-in. Hence why Borderlands doesn't have the prompt while GTA4 does as the guy I quoted mentions.

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[quote name='LogicalApex' timestamp='1354822208' post='595373158']
Not confusing, just saying I don't see what his post of games not supporting alternative drives really means. As, the games already supported being installed on a drive other than C as long as Steam was also installed there.
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Steam on C, Counter Strike on C, Skyrim on C, Farcry 3 on D.

That's what's new.

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