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Not sure if this is the right area to post this but here goes. I am upgrading my SSD and will have to reinstall WIN 8,1 obviously. My question is how do I save my downloaded STEAM games. I have all of that on a secondary HDD but how do I get STEAM to recognize already downloaded games on another HDD? I live in the boonies and rely on Satellite internet and I have a bandwidth cap so I don't want to redownload my games.
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On your games in steam, right click....save backup.....Unless your putting your OS on the ssd, you don't need to reinstall windows.
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On your games in steam, right click....save backup.....Unless your putting your OS on the ssd, you don't need to reinstall windows.

lol... why would he not install Windows on the SSD? Sort of dumb to buy a nice SSD and then load it with personal data isn't it? (personally I would never do that). I think he's planning on installing Windows on it.

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Not sure if this is the right area to post this but here goes. I am upgrading my SSD and will have to reinstall WIN 8,1 obviously. My question is how do I save my downloaded STEAM games. I have all of that on a secondary HDD but how do I get STEAM to recognize already downloaded games on another HDD? I live in the boonies and rely on Satellite internet and I have a bandwidth cap so I don't want to redownload my games.

1. Open Steam client.
2. Right click on your game.
3. Choose 'Properties'
4. Click on the 3rd tab that says "Local Files"
5. Click on Backup Game Files.
Done.

Note: depending upon how many games you're trying to back up, it may be wise for you to get an external hard drive and backup all your games onto that. Otherwise, you'll be burning a lot of DVD's. smile.gif

Read this for more information:
Using the Steam Backup Feature
Edited by DaChosenOne - 2/28/14 at 3:45pm
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no, it's not really dumb....First of all , you don't know the size of it....It may not be big enough to have a main drive with , but could be combined with the TB hd he has to speed up his overall drive space.....I could go on.....blah blah blah...would rather speed up his games then windows.....blah blah blah... Don't know if he's going to RAID it.....etc....lol
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Not sure if this is the right area to post this but here goes. I am upgrading my SSD and will have to reinstall WIN 8,1 obviously...

    I read the above to mean that he already has a SSD with Windows on it, and is going to upgrade it.  The rig in his signature seems to confirm that notion.  FWIW, cloning the old SSD to the new one is a possibility that would avoid having to reinstall Windows and software.
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    I read the above to mean that he already has a SSD with Windows on it, and is going to upgrade it.  The rig in his signature seems to confirm that notion.  FWIW, cloning the old SSD to the new one is a possibility that would avoid having to reinstall Windows and software.


Sorry I don't think that what it means....

This dude has prob. bought his first ssd, and wonders the best way to use it....so lets break that down......

the best way most ppl would see to use a ssd is to have your OS tied to it......why ? so you can have them fast boot times and all that.....but if you think about it.....even a 260gb ssd would not cover most people's main games.....and drivers + windows......

so there's a 2nd option of combining your 2 two hardrives into one..... ssd/hdd.....what people don't realize is if I combined say a 260 gb ssd, and a1 tb hd.......that I would get over 1 tb.....you actually loose space combining....yet you gain speed. but.......... your only going to get about 930 gb's outta that setup..

the third way is to just load your games on a pure ssd , stabbed with 3.0........going to be the best for your games....just like windows , going to give ya about a 5 fps increase....

the killer thing is ya can raid all this...but need a psu( never ending constant power backup)...cause if you raid your ssd with windows on it.......fastest boot time you will ever see. but if you ever crash , or anything like that.....say overclocking........kiss your info goodbye.....goodluck getting windows to run from a crash...



the only real question I seen was how to save steam games without downloading,lol
Edited by Whodat1972 - 3/1/14 at 1:58am
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Not sure if this is the right area to post this but here goes. I am upgrading my SSD and will have to reinstall WIN 8,1 obviously. My question is how do I save my downloaded STEAM games. I have all of that on a secondary HDD but how do I get STEAM to recognize already downloaded games on another HDD? I live in the boonies and rely on Satellite internet and I have a bandwidth cap so I don't want to redownload my games.

That secondary HDD with your games, do you also have Steam installed on that HDD or is it only a library folder? If the full Steam folder is also on that HDD, not just a game library, you just browse into that Steam folder and start steam.exe and it will work, know of all installed games.

If you have to install Steam, do so, then go into Steam->Settings->Downloads in the menu, click the steam library button at the top and add the library that's on your secondary HDD. If you now start the download of a game and select that library as the target location, the download should instantly complete if the files are already in the library. Try it out with one of the smallest games you have to prove it works so that you won't lose a lot of data if I'm wrong.
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To actually answer the OP...biggrin.gif

Someone else already covered backing your steam games up...But theres no need. Use a program like SSD Migrate and just move your OS to the new drive. Takes less than 5 mins and works perfect, I've used it countless times.
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That secondary HDD with your games, do you also have Steam installed on that HDD or is it only a library folder? If the full Steam folder is also on that HDD, not just a game library, you just browse into that Steam folder and start steam.exe and it will work, know of all installed games.

If you have to install Steam, do so, then go into Steam->Settings->Downloads in the menu, click the steam library button at the top and add the library that's on your secondary HDD. If you now start the download of a game and select that library as the target location, the download should instantly complete if the files are already in the library. Try it out with one of the smallest games you have to prove it works so that you won't lose a lot of data if I'm wrong.

If your running windows 8 or higher.....this was a problem for me......you don't get a bin file...making the process of cloning or anything like that, impossible ( too many dll file errors)




the program for reinstalling dont work.........
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It definitely worked for me when I wiped C: and reinstalled Windows 8.1. I had Steam on a different partition, not on C:, and after I was done installing Windows, I just went into the old Steam folder and started steam.exe and that was it. It still has all old games and they work.
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