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Old 12-30-2010, 05:10 PM   #1
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Steam games and external hard drive?

I have Steam and a bunch of games downloaded on this computer. I was wondering if it was possible to download a Steam game onto an external hard drive and then plug that hard drive into a laptop and play the game on the laptop? I tried doing this but when I try to launch a game off the hard drive on the laptop I get an error message which leads me to believe I either did something wrong or it's not possible to do at all.

If I did something wrong the most likely thing I can think of was I put the game on the external hard drive wrong. I just copied the games folder from my c drive and pasted it in the external hard drives folder. Is this the wrong way to do it? Should I have deleted the game off my computer and then redownloaded it straight to the external hard drive?
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:23 PM   #2
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Install Steam to that hard drive and install whatever said game is there. (You could copy the Steam dir and delete/add whatever game you want from the folder.

Running Steam and games from an external hard drive is not a great idea, since they offer slow speeds, unless it's eSATA.
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:41 PM   #3
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You need to reinstall it on the laptop to get it into the registry.

Just rename your steam file "Steam2" install steam on the laptop to the external HD, once its done, close steam delete the steam file you just installed and rename "Steam2" to "Steam"

And yeah externals blow for speed.
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:09 PM   #4
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External drives connected over USB are very very slow, so don't try and run games from them unless you want a loooong wait.

External drives connected over eSATA are as fast as an internal drive.
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:36 PM   #5
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how common is to find sata or esata on external HDD?
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:24 PM   #6
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Depends on how hard you look for one.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:49 PM   #7
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I'm just using Steam to back up the games I'm not playing onto an external drive to make space for new games, then when I want to play them I reinstall from there onto the laptop; it's not ideal, but reinstalling from an external drive doesn't take too long and I usually play a few games for a few weeks before switching to a different game anyway.

And when I was looking for an external drive, eSATA seemed to be both rare and expensive compared to USB.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:58 PM   #8
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Well if its just for backup usb will be fine.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:38 PM   #9
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Depends on how hard you look for one.
i swear only like +150$ have the chance of having esata. At least that's what I get on my findings
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:41 PM   #10
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"Ready made" hard drives with eSATA are extremely rare.

Instead, you would need to buy a 2.5" or 3.5" SATA drive and put it in an external enclosure which has an eSATA interface. The enclosure would cost about $30. Price of the hard drive would depend on which one you get.
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