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#16 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 13:48

Maybe look in Steam -> Settings -> Downloads + Cloud -> Steam Library Folders?


It shows only one, D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam - which is correct.

It seems I'll just have to re-download the game tonight between 00:00 and 08:00 (when I can download freely - I have a 250 GB monthly cap the rest of the time).

I used "Delete Local Game Content" then choose to start the re-download. It asked which directory, I choose D:. I have paused the download until midnight, but at least the Local Files tab now correctly shows "Disk usage: 6737 MB on drive J:"


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 13:56

Seems like it would just be better to put the Steam Drive back, and change the drive letter of the music drive.. Then you don't have to worry about your caps or anything. But if you are insistant on using the new directory, then redownloading is probably your only option.

#18 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 13:57

Seems like it would just be better to put the Steam Drive back, and change the drive letter of the music drive.. Then you don't have to worry about your caps or anything. But if you are insistant on using the new directory, then redownloading is probably your only option.


It shouldn't be my only option, but it is.

At least it's "solved" now.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 14:10

Why is that your business?

Stay on topic.


Because you just mentioned that you just put songs there, which won't require fixed drive letter. You know, sometimes alternatives can work. You know, you could just have given a reason instead of being a hardass.

But, I guess none of this is my business. Bye and a good day to you. :)

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 17:07

Moving your Steam installation didn't work so your only two options are to: A) Change your drive letter back or B) Re-download your games. If I were you, I would've simply re-downloaded the game. You can leave the download running overnight when your monthly bandwidth is unlimited. And even if your download doesn't finish between midnight and 8 AM, you have a 250 GB limit. I have a 300 GB limit that's shared with six other people in my house and we almost never go past 200 GB.

#21 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 17:12

Moving your Steam installation didn't work so your only two options are to: A) Change your drive letter back or B) Re-download your games. If I were you, I would've simply re-downloaded the game. You can leave the download running overnight when your monthly bandwidth is unlimited. And even if your download doesn't finish between midnight and 8 AM, you have a 250 GB limit. I have a 300 GB limit that's shared with six other people in my house and we almost never go past 200 GB.

My dad uses 100 GB per month of HD Netflix streaming alone, so 250 GB is easily used in our house between him and me.

I was hoping to avoid re-downloading because when I posted the topic, it was 12 hours until
I could begin the download and I wanted to play ASAP :p I'll just be patient.

#22 Aasum

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 17:14

Junction Points are the easiest way ;)

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 17:18

Hmm, I have changed drive letters in the past, and I've been able to preserve all my Steam games (without having to go through the hassle of re-downloading). You can also just move your entire Steam folder without uninstalling it to a different drive, and just open up Steam to have it configure itself. It's really very easy! Alternatively, you can create a new library on a different (drive/partition), and install future games on the new library. This is a very handy feature for me, since one of my SSD's is dedicated to Steam.

#24 Nagisan

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 17:19

Just want to say it's odd that this didn't work (moving the folder). About 2 weeks ago my Steam games became too much for my SSD. So I copied the SteamApps folder and the Steam exe into "D:\Games\Steam" and deleted the old stuff (on my C drive). I then ran Steam and told it to Install the games I had already downloaded (The ones in SteamApps), it said something along the lines of "detecting existing files", then added the games to my Steam Library showing ready to play. From then on they have worked without issue and without redownloading.

Sounds like your system (or steam) somehow got corrupted if it is stuck looking on that one drive......what would have happened if you removed the J drive completely (temporarily, of course)? It would have had no choice but to look for a new directory since J wouldn't even have existed.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 06:23

You should be able to fix this problem by going into the appmanifest files in your steamapps directory. These files can be edited with any text editor. Fix any of the "installdir" and/or "appinstalldir" values that are in these files to point to the game's new location. Make sure you restart steam after doing this or close steam before doing it. Unfortunately I don't know why this problem occurs.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 22:28

You should be able to fix this problem by going into the appmanifest files in your steamapps directory. These files can be edited with any text editor. Fix any of the "installdir" and/or "appinstalldir" values that are in these files to point to the game's new location. Make sure you restart steam after doing this or close steam before doing it. Unfortunately I don't know why this problem occurs.

THANK YOU! This was driving me freaking crazy, but your solution fixed it! Took a good hour of pain, changing 2 letters in over 150 files, but it worked! Had to register just to say that. Cheers man!



#27 pedad

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 11:23

I too registered just to say thank you to nuebee.  Your suggestion of editing the appmanifest files that were wrong was spot on!

And to the other users who give the O.P ###### for saying that it's not your business and to stay on topic... he has every right to say that.  His reasons for changing drive letters are irrelevant and he would have obviously chosen to change the drive letter back if this was something he wanted to do.

I'm amazed more people haven't come across this issue before with the introduction of SSD's (that was my reason).  You'd think Steam would have a FAQ's entry for this problem.
The game that was affected by the incorrect path for me was COD:MW3.  Every other game was fine after the data move.

 



#28 Kidstone

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 23:45

  • Here's how you resolve the issue. Open your steamapps folder. In there you will see a number of appmanifest_numbers.acf files. Open them up using notepad. Change the drive letter to what ever drive the games reside on now. Check the entries carefully as some may have 2 drive entries you need to change. Save the changes. Close and reopen steam. Start the game it may start and then fail the first time. Restart it again and all should be good.