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Old 08-06-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
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putting steam on a external harddrive

I was wondering if there was a way of putting steam and steam games on a external harddrive so I could cut back on redownloading them on a new rig.

Thanks in advance, I have a LAN party tomorrow, so I hope I can get an answer tonight.
 
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:11 AM   #2
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Copy+Paste the Steam directory. Or at least the SteamApps folder.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:26 AM   #3
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Moving a Steam Installation and Games
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:22 AM   #4
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Copy+Paste the entire Steam folder (if your drive is big enough)
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:33 AM   #5
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Yes it will be fine.

Just copy C:\Progrma files\Steam to your external drive. Infact you can even run it from another drive than the system drive. I have all my steam files (528 GB) on another 1TB drive in my tower and I could run Steam from there.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:44 AM   #6
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If you want to move individual games, and still be able to play them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwYBep0lFbc
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:06 AM   #7
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Would it not run very slow? I have a 1.5TB external drive I was going to move Steam to it but then I thought it would be very slow on a usb connection trying to run a game.

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Old 08-06-2010, 10:53 AM   #8
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I've used Steam on USB drives in the past. I never had any bad loading times or lagg with games. Played tf2 and l4d many times (trying for a coommon theme here) with no complaints.

The only difference I notice is the time it takes to move the files across.

eSATA was a dream, doing 200GB in about 45mins, Firewire took about 8hours and USB 2.0 took slightly longer.

No issues with games on my end thankfully.
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