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Does Steam Mover simply move the game or does it move and reference it?

#1Star_NutsPosted 8/5/2013 6:39:54 AM
Say I have everything on my SSD. I use SM to move Skyrim to my HDD. Is it now copied to two places and I have to delete the SSD file to regain space or does the entire file move from the SSD and is now being referenced from the HDD?
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#2PhilOnDezPosted 8/5/2013 6:43:43 AM
I'm not sure what the technical name is but it moves all the files to the other HDD. It leaves the main game folder and creates a link that steam can follow through there, it gives you back all but a few KB of your space.
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#3Star_Nuts(Topic Creator)Posted 8/5/2013 6:47:14 AM
So how is it typically used? Do you transfer all games from SSD to HDD except for the few you are playing? And do you then just transfer a game you now want to play back to the SSD?
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#4ViperEO2Posted 8/5/2013 7:09:23 AM
I usually just install to HDD by default and then use steam mover to move the games from there to the SSD and then back. It's easier that way.
#5arleasPosted 8/5/2013 7:33:17 AM
As far as I know, steam mover just makes a directory junction for you and copies the folder over. A directory junction is basically a hard link that points to a whole directory instead of just a file. If you used Steam mover to move skyrim from C to D then as far as your OS is concerned, skyrim is still on C but the files are actually on D.. or wherever you moved them to.
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#6SlaynPosted 8/5/2013 7:51:09 AM
Install all your games to a regular HDD, decide what games would benefit from an SSD ( games used frequently, long load times, multiplayer ), use Steam mover, and it will move the files to SSD and any links you click will basically be redirected there.
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#7someguyshandPosted 8/5/2013 8:04:12 AM
Steam allows you to install games on different directories now.

Steam mover seems redundant.
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#8galfasanta1111Posted 8/5/2013 8:05:33 AM
someguyshand posted...
Steam allows you to install games on different directories now.

Steam mover seems redundant.


How can you do this?
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#9arleasPosted 8/5/2013 8:07:33 AM(edited)
From: someguyshand | #007
Steam allows you to install games on different directories now.


Install, yes... move it somewhere else? Well, not as easily as installing it. I guess maybe if you copied the folder, then told steam to delete all content, then set it to reinstall at the new location and then move the copy of your folder there hoping that it will see it's all there and not have to download again... that might work.

If you know the commands and how to move the stuff manually steam mover was ALWAYS redundant.
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#10mike2638002Posted 8/5/2013 8:11:48 AM
someguyshand posted...
Steam allows you to install games on different directories now.

Steam mover seems redundant.


Yeah this. If you don't want to redownload the game you want to move, just make a back up of it, delete it from the 1st hdd, then restore it and install it to your 2nd HDD.