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How to transfer all Steam games from one HDD to another?

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3 years ago#1
Is it safe to just move the files over? I really dont want to re-download the whole gaming collection again.
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3 years ago#2
Are you also moving steam or the games?

If steam then you could try just moving the steamapps folder to the new hdd then reinstalling steam to the new location and the placing the steamapps folder there.

If just games then you could try either steammover or creating a new library in steam (you get this option when you go to install something) then move the games over. For the latter though after moving you may need to 'uninstall' the game in steam and then reinstall the game in the new location (it wont redownload the whole game unless it's corrupt).
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3 years ago#3
Why not just download them all again since they're all in the Cloud?
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3 years ago#4
Just copy the entire Steam folder over.

I've done this a few times before when I've had to reformat and, for most part, it works. Sniper Elite NZA worked, so did the Orcs Must Die games. However, Awesomenauts, for example, didn't seem to show up in my games list. It still ran okay, just that the game's title was faded out (as if not installed).

You may need to check the integrity of the game files after doing it and Steam might re-install DirectX etc (again).
3 years ago#5
Termin8r posted...
Why not just download them all again since they're all in the Cloud?


I dont want to re-download all of the games again, thats the thing. It's gonna take a very long time.
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3 years ago#6
betatech posted...
Are you also moving steam or the games?

If steam then you could try just moving the steamapps folder to the new hdd then reinstalling steam to the new location and the placing the steamapps folder there.

If just games then you could try either steammover or creating a new library in steam (you get this option when you go to install something) then move the games over. For the latter though after moving you may need to 'uninstall' the game in steam and then reinstall the game in the new location (it wont redownload the whole game unless it's corrupt).


If possible, I want to move Steam and all the installed games onto this new HDD.... I will use this HDD strictly for games.
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3 years ago#7
Termin8r posted...
Why not just download them all again since they're all in the Cloud?


Let me guess, you are unemployed/work at McDonald's and you think that just a bunch of servers are somehow "the Cloud".
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3 years ago#8
If possible, I want to move Steam and all the installed games onto this new HDD.... I will use this HDD strictly for games.

Install Steam on the new hard drive, close Steam, copy over your Steam/steamapps folder from your old hard drive to the new one, restart Steam. It'll want to verify stuff the first time you run a game but you shouldn't have to redownload much if anything.
3 years ago#9
Asellus posted...
If possible, I want to move Steam and all the installed games onto this new HDD.... I will use this HDD strictly for games.

Install Steam on the new hard drive, close Steam, copy over your Steam/steamapps folder from your old hard drive to the new one, restart Steam. It'll want to verify stuff the first time you run a game but you shouldn't have to redownload much if anything.


This. I did it a couple weeks ago and this is what I did.
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3 years ago#10
Steam does have its own backup/restore function in the client itself...
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