How to install or move your Steam games to a different drive
Running out of room for your games? Want to move your games to a new drive or even a new computer? This step by step guide will help.
Has your collection of Steam games grown so large that your hard disk is now bursting at the seams? Or do you have a huge second hard disk on your PC for your games and want Steam to put your games on that disk instead of your C: drive? Or did you get a new computer and are dreading the hours it's going to take you to re-download your Steam game collection to your new gaming rig and the loss of your saved games? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then I know what you're going through. My gaming PC had a large drive that I filled up relatively quickly with games. I got tired of having to uninstall a game from my Steam library every time I got a new game, so I added a terabyte second disk to it just to hold games. I thought it would be a simple matter to point Steam to my new drive and have it start downloading and installing games there. Unfortunately, it was not a simple matter at all. In fact, I couldn't find an option anywhere in the Steam application for setting or changing the download destination drive. It took a little digging, but I was able to find a way to move my Steam library to my new hard drive. It requires reinstalling Steam, but that's a minor inconvenience in comparison to downloading everything all over again and potentially losing your saved games in the process. I've listed the steps you need to take below, and I hope that it saves you a lot of frustration and aggravation trying to accomplish what should have been a simple task and certainly one that should have been built into the Steam client application.
That's it. You're back on your feet and are good to go. Any new games that you purchase will go directly to the new drive or computer to which you moved Steam. Happy gaming!
Transmitted: 8/13/2020 3:15:30 AM