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Moving steam?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Shadowed_fury, 29 May 2008.

  1. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    I've got my steam installed on my raptor, as back when I started it, I thought that 36gb would be enough, and so it'd be on the best (fastest) drive. Now however, I'm running outta room.
    Can I move my steam stuff onto another drive? And how do I go about it, as I can't see anything obvious... :blush:
     
  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    All I can suggest is backing up the content, uninstalling steam, then reinstalling with the data you backed up. Bit of a long way about it, but there's no setting to move it as far as I can see. :(
     
  3. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    You'd think they'd of implemented something like that though wouldn't you.
    Ah well, yeah that was the only option I saw too. When you backup does it backup as a self installer or do I have to burn them to dvd/cd?
     
  4. badders

    badders Neuken in de Keuken

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    Just move your program files/steam folder to another drive with more space and change any shortcuts you have. It will still work.
     
  5. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    Oh its that simple? Wasn't sure if it'd ruin everything somehow :p
     
  6. OleJ

    OleJ Me!

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    There is a Steam backup tool that is integrated in Steam. Besides that you may just as well copy the contents of your steam folder. It pretty much does the same except the backup tool lets you select which games to include and if it should compress and divide into CD or DVD or whatever size parts iirc.

    I have my Steam backed up with the built in function and it's great. I've used it several times.
     
  7. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    So copy and paste is the method then?
     
  8. Woodstock

    Woodstock So Say We All

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    preety much, just need the steam apps folder im not sure if steam it self likes being moved
     
  9. cyrilthefish

    cyrilthefish New Member

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    Yep, just move the folder and change the shortcuts.

    worst case scenario is moving the folder, then installing the steam client again (installing to the location you just moved the folder to)

    My steam folder has survived intact after multiple re-installs/moves/different OS's and even entire new PC's... :lol:
    Though it does wiegh in at over 43GB in size now with all the games i have :eeek:
     
  10. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    See! Steam grows so fast... :(
     
  11. HapeMask

    HapeMask New Member

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    When I got a new HD for my pc a few months ago moved steam from my old HD to the new one with no troubles, just changed the shortcuts as mentioned before.
     
  12. Hazardous

    Hazardous New Member

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    I usually just backup all the .GCF files in my SteamApps folder, then copy them into the new SteamApps folder after I've installed Steam on the new/reformatted drive ;)
     
  13. Hamish

    Hamish New Member

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    copy and paste the whole steam dir
    my steam is actually under program files\valve\steam from when i installed HL2, its that old, just copy and pasted across installs ever since :)
    its like 80gig now though :p
     
  14. teamtd11

    teamtd11 *Custom User Title*

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    cool. i was woundering if this would work as im nucking xp and installing vista next week. that will save me downloading them all again :p
     
  15. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Active Member

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    Lucky I made this thread then!
    Thanks all that helped btw! :)
     
  16. beesbees

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    When I got my new PC about a year ago, I totally forgot about copying over my steam folder and had to sit through downloading nearly 20gb of games over my then 512k connection. NOT fun :(
     

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