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« on: November 16, 2011, 04:55:16 AM »

saw this on RPS, it's a tool that'll help you put Steam games on other drives.
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2011, 05:52:44 AM »

Well, I've only been waiting for that forever.

However, I'm a little reluctant to download it, since it's setting off the red X shield alarms.  I'm sure it's fine, I'm just not ready to roll the dice, exactly.

I wish Steam would just let you do this.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM »

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2011, 12:43:24 PM »

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Sigh.  I'm glad that solved your problem.  It doesn't for me.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2011, 02:01:36 PM »

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Seems like an obvious solution to me.  If you don't want to install games on a certain drive then why would you install Steam there?
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2011, 02:44:33 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on November 16, 2011, 02:01:36 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Seems like an obvious solution to me.  If you don't want to install games on a certain drive then why would you install Steam there?

I've had this discussion too many times to get into it again.

Suffice to say, it is not an obvious solution because it doesn't solve my issue.

None the less, on the most basic level, it's ridiculous that Steam will not allow me to choose where I want to install a game (note: not all games, each game).  Every other download service lets me do this.
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2011, 03:55:29 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on November 16, 2011, 02:01:36 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Seems like an obvious solution to me.  If you don't want to install games on a certain drive then why would you install Steam there?

say I love having some games on my SSD for the almost non-existent load times, so that is where I have my Steam install. However, having my OS and various other programs installed on it it's not big enough to have a bunch of today's blockbusters installed at the same time (for example, Modern Warfare 3 and RAGE took up about 40 gigs of retail space).

now if I wanted to keep playing MW3's or RAGE's MP on the side I'm stuck with them on the SSD, but since it's MP I don't care about load speeds as much so the regular HD would suffice while I could free up that 40 gig of SSD space for another game or two.  Steam itself doesn't let me decide that though, so it is a all or nothing situation.
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2011, 03:59:44 PM »

I was thinking of doing this with Skyrim and forcing the install of it onto my SSD, but since it loads up so dang fast to begin with...

Technically, all this program does (via a nice GUI), is:
mklink /D C:\Link\Path\andName C:\Place\andName\ActuallyPointsAt
(or use /J instead of /D if you still happen to be running WinXP)

From the comments in the link:

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It continues to drive me batty that on PC, where I want to choose this stuff (where to install and save games to), Iím never asked, but on Xbox 360, where I have one hard drive which I always, always want to use for saves, I am asked where to save with extreme regularity. -sigh-

Go figure, eh? biggrin
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2011, 05:42:41 PM »

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

That's what I did too once I installed my second HDD just for games, haven't had any issues.
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2011, 09:21:13 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2011, 03:55:29 PM

Quote from: Canuck on November 16, 2011, 02:01:36 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Seems like an obvious solution to me.  If you don't want to install games on a certain drive then why would you install Steam there?

say I love having some games on my SSD for the almost non-existent load times, so that is where I have my Steam install. However, having my OS and various other programs installed on it it's not big enough to have a bunch of today's blockbusters installed at the same time (for example, Modern Warfare 3 and RAGE took up about 40 gigs of retail space).

now if I wanted to keep playing MW3's or RAGE's MP on the side I'm stuck with them on the SSD, but since it's MP I don't care about load speeds as much so the regular HD would suffice while I could free up that 40 gig of SSD space for another game or two.  Steam itself doesn't let me decide that though, so it is a all or nothing situation.

CeeKay, have you tried this tool?
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2011, 10:45:00 PM »

Not yet since I only have 2 Steam games installed right now.  I figured since the big sites were talking about it that they already checked it out to make sure it was safe.
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2011, 11:17:48 PM »

Well, I installed it (with Skyrim). The difference in load speeds is negligible at best. Of course, not like they were long to begin with. For games that aren't as efficiently designed, odds are you'll see a speed difference.

All in all, the program works very well. Just make sure to quit Steam before you do anything.
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2011, 02:21:45 PM »

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Can you explain this a little further for us stoopid people...... Tongue
I have a new 1T external hd I'm ready to hookup.

So I just install Steam on it and my games will be accessible from the new hd or do I have to redownload and reinstall all of the games onto it?

And...what is a non-normal directory?
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2011, 04:08:50 PM »

Quote from: stimpy on November 17, 2011, 02:21:45 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Can you explain this a little further for us stoopid people...... Tongue
I have a new 1T external hd I'm ready to hookup.

So I just install Steam on it and my games will be accessible from the new hd or do I have to redownload and reinstall all of the games onto it?

And...what is a non-normal directory?


How does your external drive connect? Chances are the transfer speed is much too low to be running games from it.
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2011, 04:17:30 PM »

Quote from: happydog on November 17, 2011, 04:08:50 PM

Quote from: stimpy on November 17, 2011, 02:21:45 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2011, 07:18:16 AM

I just installed Steam to a non-normal directory on a separate HDD, where all of my games are.  Problem solved.

Can you explain this a little further for us stoopid people...... Tongue
I have a new 1T external hd I'm ready to hookup.

So I just install Steam on it and my games will be accessible from the new hd or do I have to redownload and reinstall all of the games onto it?

And...what is a non-normal directory?


How does your external drive connect? Chances are the transfer speed is much too low to be running games from it.

Hmmm.......USB 2, I think.
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