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Steam + ssd + hdd + junction points... is this possible?

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I installed steam on my non boot drive.. the hdd... can I still use junction points if I copy paste games to my ssd for a few games? I read some where that junction points can only be used for steam if its on the boot drive? Any truth to that?

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I have steam on a hdd as well while the ssd is my boot and I can still use junction points just fine. I used steam mover to do the work for me.
 
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post #3 of 15
Using Junction Link Magic you can certainly do this. Just copy the entire folder to where you want it to be on the SSD, then delete the contents of the folder on the HDD (leaving the folder empty). Create a new junction link so that it points to the copied folder. You should also be able to do it with SteamMover, but I prefer to do it manually.
post #4 of 15
Junction points have nothing to do with the boot drive; you can junction anything anywhere.

I have my Steam installed on a secondary RAID0 array, with some games junctioned onto my SSD for noticeably quicker load times thumb.gif
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Thanks everyone I'll hit rep button when I get home.... junction magic is the jam! This is super badass!

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Yup, I use Junction Link Magic and it's awesome. I've had it set up since September and so far I haven't had any problems.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Danja View Post

Yup, I use Junction Link Magic and it's awesome. I've had it set up since September and so far I haven't had any problems.

I know this is an old post but I'll take a shot and see if I get lucky:

I'm trying to decide between Steam and JLM. So I'll give and exact example of what I want to do; I have a program installed on my O/S drive, (an SSD), and I want to move it to any one of my two media HDDs. The program wouldn't let me install it where I wanted it and it doesn't need to be on that SSD.

The program is EZDOC. Can I use JLM or Steam to move it from the SSD to an HDD? I've read that JLM, (and maybe even Steam), only work on NTFS drives. I'm not sure if they mean that the program, (JLM or Steam), must be installed to the NTFS drive or that the source drive of the program you want to move must be on a NTFS drive.

Can you clear that up for me?
Thanks, Rich
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Originally Posted by wingclip View Post

I know this is an old post but I'll take a shot and see if I get lucky:

I'm trying to decide between Steam and JLM. So I'll give and exact example of what I want to do; I have a program installed on my O/S drive, (an SSD), and I want to move it to any one of my two media HDDs. The program wouldn't let me install it where I wanted it and it doesn't need to be on that SSD.

The program is EZDOC. Can I use JLM or Steam to move it from the SSD to an HDD? I've read that JLM, (and maybe even Steam), only work on NTFS drives. I'm not sure if they mean that the program, (JLM or Steam), must be installed to the NTFS drive or that the source drive of the program you want to move must be on a NTFS drive.

Can you clear that up for me?
Thanks, Rich

I believe both drives need to be NTFS.
post #9 of 15
Thanks Darius510;
(NOTE: The computer that this topic is about IS NOT the one I have listed in my signature)

I should have known that... I was tired when I was writing that post and didn't snap to the fact that I was talking about one thing, but thinking of another.

That said, yes, you're right and in fact, most people would have a NTFS drive.

As for the jointlink, I tried using mklink with an elevated command prompt. It worked for some folders but when I tried to move the Adobe folder, it wouldn't let me delete the source folder. At first, I just right clicked and held the mouse button, and dragged the source folder, (the ADOBE folder was located here: C:> Program files (x86)), to the HDD I wanted it to be in.

That would have "moved" the folder and not copied it. But there was a 'permissions' issue that prevented it from being entirely moved. So I guessed that it had to do with read/write folder and subfolder permission settings and went in and moved the files/folders that were left behind.

Don't ask how I did it, but I successfully copied the entire ADOBE folder, (all 1.83GB of it), to the other HDD. I even compared the two KB folder sizes listed in the Properties panel. I did this, in part while booted in safe mode so I was really surprised when I still could not delete the original ADOBE Source folder.

That folder has to be gone before I can link it with mklink in the way I wanted it, (the C drive would only carry the path info and the target drive would carry the 1.83GB folder). I have some ideas as to why this may be but I was out of time.

I'll look into it again sometime but I'm pretty sure that if a mklink elevated command prompt can't do it, neither can JLM or Steam. If the problem is one regarding permissions, I need to read up on changing the permissions for it. I've done it before but it's been a while.

In fact, maybe you can tell me if you think I can fix that by running a OS system repair disk?

I just remembered that I never tried that option and being that these drives have all been cloned in at one time or another, (I have an SSD for the OS, Adobe, and MS Office, and a 1 TB HDD for the rest of the media. Remember, the computer I'm doing this on, isn't the one in my signature. The one in my sig has multiple HDDs and an SSD but the one that this post refers to has one SSD and one 1TB HDD.

I bet if I run the system repair disc, I may recover/rebuild the permissions I need to move and/or delete those stubborn folders, no?
Thanks, Rich:)
post #10 of 15
Just use this tool:

http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html

Move the files/folders where you want them on the new drive, then drag and drop it back to the original location as a symbolic link.
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