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2 years ago#1
Is it possible to transfer/store all of my steam games onto an external hard drive and run them on my laptop?

more detailed explanation:

my main gaming platform is my laptop (please don't bother with the whole "lol gaming laptop" deal, I'm well aware of the benefits of a desktop):

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Geoforce gtx 560m
i7-2630qm @ 2.00 GHZ
8 GB RAM
500GB HDD

since my hard drive is only 500GB, I can only have around 40-50 games installed at a time. Is it possible to free up my hard drive and install all of my games onto an external hard drive (like a 2TB portable one) and basically not have any games installed on the laptop, but if I want to play a steam game I just plug in the external hard drive and immediately start playing, then unplug it when I'm done?
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2 years ago#2
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2 years ago#3
I don't think you can do that but you can just install the games you play right now on the laptop and copy-paste from the external drive when you want to play something else so you won't have to download it.

It's not very convenient but you save a lot of time.
2 years ago#4
I don't know if you can transfer them from one drive to another, but I do know you should be able to install them on an external drive and run them from that if you choose to. Just go to Steam > Settings and click on the "Downloads" tab, then click on "Manage Steam Library Folders" and select your external drive from the drop down box.
2 years ago#5
You can install steam to the external HDD and have the games there, now some (not all) games support alternate install location. But unless you have a USB 3.0 port on that laptop the games are going to run slow as hell.
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2 years ago#6
I don't wanna start anything but I had a 1.5tb external and had alot of Steam games installed on it and played them and they ran perfectly fine.
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2 years ago#7
If it's a portable external HDD it probably doesn't have a fan, so this isn't a great idea

If it's one of the big bulky ones with a fan, then it'll be fine
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