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This.
Don't bother with cloning or anything else. This program will do exactly what you need--it will move the installation folders and change the appropriate settings in the registry.
Steam mover is not just for games, and there's nothing impermanent about it. You can use it to move any folder. It works spectacularly. confused.gif

he wants his games AND MEDIAS to be moved from one disk to another.

steam mover moves your games from DISK A to DISK B, then creates a junction points from DISK B to DISK A.
if you happen to take out either DISK A OR DISK B, you won't gonna be able to play your games anymore.
it's not meant to be permanent.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

he wants his games AND MEDIAS to be moved from one disk to another.
steam mover moves your games from DISK A to DISK B, then creates a junction points from DISK B to DISK A.
if you happen to take out either DISK A OR DISK B, you won't gonna be able to play your games anymore.
it's not meant to be permanent.

I think I am exceptionally artarded today. doh.gif You're totally right--if migrating a whole drive's worth of data, and getting rid of the original drive is what's going on, then I agree, steammover is not the way to go. For some reason I thought they were just adding another drive, and only cared about their games. I screwed the pooch all over this one.. .

Sorry! thumb.gif
    
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Yeah but if I change my drive letters what about all the other programs on my main drive (Zune, Gimp, Photoshop, etc)? I only want to move my games and media (movies, pics, music) onto the second drive while running all my other applications on my first drive. Obviously the majority of my media is simple. Moving Origin, Steam, and my entire library of games over is a different matter entirely.

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You can just literally cut and paste the steam folder to transfer to another drive, no drive letter changing necessary. I don't know if you can do that with origin though
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Do I need to put in within the same file path? Ie: Program Files (x86)? Or just cut the Steam Folder and paste directly?

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Do I need to put in within the same file path? Ie: Program Files (x86)? Or just cut the Steam Folder and paste directly?

Cutting and pasting the Steam folder won't work--it won't work for any folder that contains an executable or file for a program that you use because the system registry won't know the correct place to look for everything.

So you're going to have 2 hard drives now? The new hard drive containing your games and your media, and the old drive containing some programs (that you don't plan to migrate)? In that case I don't think imaging is going to work.

For Steam, I know what works for changing installation directory (or after you reinstall an OS), is backing up the "steamapps" folder within your Steam installation directory--this contains all of your game data. Then you can uninstall steam and re-install it to the directory you want on the new hard drive. Start steam and enter your login info, but don't have it download any "missing" games (it will show that none of your games are available--which is correct since it's a new installation of steam). Close Steam then copy your "steamapps" folder back into the new steam directory (overwrite if prompted). When you start Steam, you'll have to "verify integrity of game cache" for each game you have installed (right-click on the installed game, then go to properties and then the "local files" tab). This will take care of Steam. But keep in mind, if you have any games that are Games for Windows Live, this might not work perfectly--though I think it should because the GFWL game data is usually stored somewhere on your C drive under your machine "user" folder rather than in your Steam folder.

I don't know if there's a similar thing for Origin, as I have never used Origin.

If you have any other programs installed on your old hard drive that you want to move to your new one, my advice would be to just uninstall them from the old drive and reinstall them on the new drive.

And then manually move--copy/paste--your media files.

That's the messy method but I've used it before when migrating hard drives.
    
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So really there's no short way about it. I'll just have to uninstall and reinstall Origin, Steam, and my games, then by the looks of it so to not cause further complication.

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post #18 of 18
I have actually attempted this and FAILED.... WITH ORIGIN gee I miss the Good Old Days

When Moving "Origin" you are better off Deleting all of it and re-installing. There is not a Utility tool I have found that will remove all your (hidden) files unless you actually know your way around your registry, (I AM CAUTIONING ANYONE You take responsibility for your own actions) Once you have done that then Re-Install Origin (it too remembers old assigned Drive so...

Before you start the actual Download (once you have Origin) You need to go into Settings then assign or point D/L Mgr to your new hard Drives by going to the "COG" wheel > in Drop down click Settings> (if you see RED letters then you already started your Download and at this point you either cancel or just let it go To cancel go back to Origin right click on Your game and cancel Red letters should go away if not then restart Origin Now from this point in Settings General tab Your First one to change is "Downloaded Games" . Click on Change and assign (make) New Folder name (ie E:\ DLOrigin\)

Move cursor down to Delete all Game Installers click on it!!!!

Next Step Is where you see "Select where you want to store your game installers" click Change > to your assigned drive again make new folder and (ie E:\Game Installers\ and then Final Step is just click Close and then close Origin and restart it (maybe PC too depending on OS open Origin and see if took change.....

Now a Word of Caution is it seems that Origin has Proprietary rights to install in "DEFAULT" so sometimes you go to open Browser and it gives a (explicit) error message say something like Game not Found... So now comes the Frustration... and revert back to (explicit) Default and delete it all over again....

So going back to my beginning I am at the "FAILED" Point and have not been able to do anything other then run game WHERE (explicit) Origin Puts it and yes it goes in the (x86) even though the game is not a 64bit but that is another issue
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