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Ive setup my new board, cpu and ssd. The ssd has 120gb compared to my vertex 2 with 60gb, I have more room to load games onto it! What I did last time with the small ssd is load steam onto it, and used the symbolic junctions to point the steam app to where my games were on the big hdd. This time though I am unsure weather to stay with the same set up, or use steam mover? Not sure of pros and cons, seems like they both will get the job done. If I am going to put the steamapps directory on the ssd, steam mover seems more of a good choice, because it would make so I dont have to create a junction for every game I want put back on the ssd. Last time I had steam on C: ssd, with a junction going to the steamapps folder on the hdd, with more junctions in that folder pointing back to the games I wanted back on the ssd. So I guess while writing this I have answered my own question: im going to give steam mover a go.
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This is kind of confusing to read, But if you are trying to decide between junctions and steam mover, that's all steam mover does. It just automates moving the folder and creating a junction for it.
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This is kind of confusing to read, But if you are trying to decide between junctions and steam mover, that's all steam mover does. It just automates moving the folder and creating a junction for it.
Thanks,

I understand what it does, sorry to be confusing? Didn't think it was all that confusing. I am trying to decide which would be more convenient to use, so instead of managing all the junctions myself, I am going to give steam mover a go.

EDIT: If I have all my steam games already downloaded and on a separate hdd, can steam mover just point them in the right direction instead of copying the games into the specified directory?
Edited by brkbeatjunkie - 7/24/11 at 9:55am
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Yeah if you're looking convience you could make a batch file if you end up not liking steam mover, that's what I used to use. Same idea though.
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Yeah if you're looking convience you could make a batch file if you end up not liking steam mover, that's what I used to use. Same idea though.
I am a mac OS user, not familiar with batch files , anything on the mac os that is similar for reference?
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I believe so I'm pretty new with it, but I think just point it at the folder and it should create it.
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I believe so I'm pretty new with it, but I think just point it at the folder and it should create it.
Point it at the folder with the games already on it? or point it to the folder where the junction needs to be created?
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I am a mac OS user, not familiar with batch files , anything on the mac os that is similar for reference?
Yeah a batch file is just a script, put a few commands in it and it does the same thing as steam mover just without a gui.
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Point it at the folder with the games already on it? or point it to the folder where the junction needs to be created?
I just deleted a junction and I'm not seeing a way to use steammover to create it.
Code:
@echo off
set /p variable="What is the name of the folder in question? "
xcopy /e "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\%variable%" "E:\\Steam Games\\%variable%\\"
rmdir /q /s "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\%variable%"
mklink /J "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\%variable%" "E:\\Steam Games\\%variable%"
You can use that, just change the directories to what you use. Not the best script but it gets the job done, just type the name of the folder, and if it's not there to copy it will just create the junction.
Edit: Sorry forgot to tell you what to do with it lol, put it in a text file and save as something.bat and then run it
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I just deleted a junction and I'm not seeing a way to use steammover to create it.
Code:
@echo off
set /p variable="What is the name of the folder in question? "
xcopy /e "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\%variable%" "E:\\Steam Games\\%variable%\\"
rmdir /q /s "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\%variable%"
mklink /J "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\%variable%" "E:\\Steam Games\\%variable%"
You can use that, just change the directories to what you use. Not the best script but it gets the job done, just type the name of the folder, and if it's not there to copy it will just create the junction.
Edit: Sorry forgot to tell you what to do with it lol, put it in a text file and save as something.bat and then run it
eh... idk. Looks like the symbolic link shell extension will work the same way as this script...
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