Move Steam To a Different Disk
If you hadn’t noticed, Half-Life 2 : Episode Two has just arrived. I’ve been waiting for this since Episode One (as have many thousands of gamers, I’m sure), and what happens when I want to finally buy it on Steam? Turns out I had stupidly installed Steam in the default location, and my C: disk partition has pretty much no space left, so I can’t download anything there. I have more free space on another disk, so I decided to move the Steam installation to another partition. Luckily this can be done without reinstalling it.
To move Steam to another location, first exit Steam and then move the entire Steam folder (it was “C:\Program Files\Steam” in my case) to the destination folder. Delete the “ClientRegistry.blob” file found in the Steam folder and run Steam from the new location. Steam will reconstruct the deleted file and everuthing should be OK.
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Thank god i stumbled upon this post, because I was going to do really wild things with my Steam setup… Luckily I had only moved the folder as told when I found this.
Glad I could help ð
Thanks a lot ð I was afraid that I have to redownload all my games ð
Yeaa. You are the man.
This method worked great wen i put steam on my external HD. but wen i try buying a game thru steam i get an error saying steam://purchase/(id number) Application not found. is there a way 2 fix this?
Hmm, haven’t really encountered this kind of error. Sorry, I can’t help much here.
wowww…i didnt see this article after i decided to reinstall steam…now im stuck..waiting for all my games to redownload….
You can also keep steam on the original disc and move games to another. so long as they are placed in a sister directory, i.e. moving L4D from E:\Program files\Steam\steamapps\common to C:\Program files\Steam\steamapps\common (which is what I’ve just done.) Steam is currently updating L4D so i can’t test if it runs from steam but i double clicked the .exe and that worked. If it doesn’t work for you you can always just do what White Shadow says.
Forgot to mention that you don’t need to move any steam files, just the game files. So to move L4D you just have to create the folder [disc drive of choice]:\Program files\Steam\steamapps\common and plonk the folder ‘left 4 dead’ into it.
Ah, haven’t tried this myself, but thanks for the info.
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Cheers tried the first examplen works a treat glad i didnt have to reinstall 100 GB + steam folder
ouch 70k+ files moving
By the way thanks a lot ð