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Old 11-30-2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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Playing games off of external HDD

Hey, everybody. I was wondering if it was possible to run steam games off of an external hard drive. My family's computer here is almost out of memory and I want to play my games and every time I want to play something I have to uninstall or install something and it takes forever since their y computer gets tops of 1 mb/s download speed. Is it possible to install games on said external HDD and play them off of there? Or am I sadly mistaken with this idea?
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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Should be possible. Just install Steam on the external HDD, and all games will automatically be installed there, too.

I don't know the process, and how easy it is, to use two HDDs to both install Steam games on.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:09 AM   #3
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Yeah its possible. I have steam installed on my external hdd, and it works flawlessly
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:11 AM   #4
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Is it USB, and what games are on it?
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:13 AM   #5
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wouldnt it be too slow with USB 2.0? Large Games in general, the loading time
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:15 AM   #6
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Is it USB, and what games are on it?
Yeah its usb. I mainly play css, tf2 etc. All my games are on my external hdd, all works good.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:17 AM   #7
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See, the latest games I want to play would be GTA4, Portal 2, and L4D(2). Would I have to dumb the games down at all (i.e. lower resolution, frame rates, etc.)?
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:20 AM   #8
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See, the latest games I want to play would be GTA4, Portal 2, and L4D(2). Would I have to dumb the games down at all (i.e. lower resolution, frame rates, etc.)?
No not at all, atleast i don't have to. I can play portal 2 1440x900(max my monitor can support >.>) All on high settings, same with l4d.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:20 AM   #9
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Use the link shell extension and easily make hard links to your games anywhere on any drive.

http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinks...kshellext.html

So much easier than making symbolic links by hand for everything, with Link Shell Extension you can copy/paste a whole bunch of folders as symbolic links at once.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:59 AM   #10
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If you worry about the transfer rate, and your computer has the ability, you can always get an esata disk.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:05 AM   #11
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cant you make a back up of all the downloaded files to the external drive? then just install/restore them from there?
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:20 PM   #12
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cant you make a back up of all the downloaded files to the external drive? then just install/restore them from there?
That's all I do, I have a 2TB external drive and i just navigate to my Steamapps folder on my D (where i have Steam installed), select a game and shift it over there. Then to prevent Steam trying to update the game I just right click it in the Steam client, delete local content, and it's uninstalled but in actual fact the files are on my external drive.

Just reverse the process to play, you'll need to "install" but all Steam does is verify the files, maybe download any updates you've missed but it doesn't take long at all.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:44 PM   #13
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It should be possible, but do note that if your external HDD has low RPM and/or if the cord attached to it doesn't pack a very fast transfer rate (if it's not SATA/eSATA/USB 3.0/etc.), you may have FPS slowdowns due to the bottleneck from the data transfer speeds.

Obviously, if you have an external HDD that rotates at 5400 RPM and uses USB 2.0 or something, expect occasional lag spikes or slowdowns during graphics-intensive parts of the game.

7200 RPM w/SATA or USB 3.0? Enjoy life .
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:13 PM   #14
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Not to dig this up But I want to place steam on an external drive. What is this about it has to reinstall everytime you want to play?
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