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Re-enabling already installed Steam games on a new system.

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Made a new system. Want to use an old HDD with all my steam games already installed on it. Tried to 'install' my steam games and navigate to the folder where they already exist, but I'm having trouble figuring that out. Anyone know the process to getting this done? Thanks in advance.
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If you don't backup, it's still possible. Make the folder where the games are a "Steam Library location", then when you click install, select that location. It should say discovering local files. Might take am in but it works.
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C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common

Move the files over, start the install then stop it, then verify integrity. There's some other application that will do a transfer for you automatically but you'll have to look for it if you have a lot of games.
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OK so I figured it out guys, thanks +REP.

I created my own empty folder. Steam refused to make one successfully for some reason. Then navigated to that for a title. Then as Silvo suggested, I paused the download, moved the entire existing library to the new folder, bam; started 'discovering files'. Does take an age though...
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Ya if you have a gigantic library it could take some time. Roughly the same as backing up and restoring I imagine, though.
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