How To Move The Steam Folder To Another Drive
Valve's Steam platform offers a very comfortable gaming platform. It is probably one of the best examples how an online distribution system can be successful. Not everyone likes Steam on the other hand, which is understandable as it has its quirks and problems, just like any other kind of gaming platform.
One of the most annoying problems of Steam, is the inability to select custom installation folders for Steam games. All games that are downloaded and installed via Steam are installed in the same folder on the same hard drive.
Update: Valve added an option to download and install Steam games to different locations natively in the Steam client. Check out Steam: alternative installation locations now available for instructions on how to do that.
This can be problematic, as even the biggest hard drives eventually run out of space. Many Steam users help themselves by uninstalling games to free up space on their hard drive, before installing new ones on the system.
Moving Steam to a different hard drive can be another effective option, especially if the other hard drive offers more space than the old one.
Steam itself offers no direct option to move the steam folder to another hard drive. It is however possible to do just that with some manual work. The same workaround can also be used to move Steam to another computer.
Lets assume that the Steam folder is currently located on drive c:, which does not have enough space anymore to store all the Steam games. Drive e: is a new hard drive with lots of free space.
To move Steam from c: to e: perform the following five steps:
- Close Steam, make sure the client is completely closed.
- Locate the SteamApps folder on the c: drive, it is located in Steam > Steamapps, usually in Program Files or Program Files (x86).
- Move the entire folder from drive c: to e: root
- Uninstall Steam completely after the games and files have been moved to the new drive.
- Reboot your computer once
- Install Steam again, this time on drive e:
- Move the Steamapps folder into Steam folder.
- Start Steam. The client will automatically recognize the games in the Steamapps folder and make them available again.
That's how the Steam folder is moved to another drive or computer. Let me know if you are interested in a tutorial on how to move individual Steam games to another drive.Advertisement