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Help with Steam on second HDD in Windows 8.1

post #1 of 6
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Hi all,

I hope you'll be able to help me with this.

I have built a new PC with two HDs: an SSD and a 1TB 7200RPM.

I downloaded and installed Steam but installed it on the SSD. I wanted it on the 7200 HDD instead. So I used the uninstaller program in the Steam folder to uninstall Steam from the SSD, and downloaded and installed again, but this time onto the second HDD.

Steam will run on this HDD. However, I want to 'start over' because I think something's got mixed up somewhere. Steam does not show in the 'uninstall a program' list in Windows 8.1 control panel; and the Steam uninstaller in the Steam folder in the 2nd HDD seems to be trying to uninstall Steam from the original SSD - which isn't there any more. So running the uninstaller does not remove Steam from the second HDD.

Any ideas how I can reset this and start again with Steam?

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
Try Total Uninstaller or Revo Uninstaller or try doing a system restore before you installed Steam.
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post #3 of 6
I am not familiar with why you are having issues with removing it, but is there a reason you dont want steam on your SSD? You can install the program on the SSD and point all of the game downloads to go to a separate drive. When you click install for your steam game, it should ask you where you want to install it. I created a Games/Steam library on my 1TB drive and point all of them there. If you ever reformat your SSD, once you reinstall steam, you can go into settings and add the steam library from your 1TB drive rather than redownload all of the games again.
post #4 of 6
No idea how to solve your problem. I know you can actually move the Steam folder around. If you start Steam.exe that's inside it, it will just work.

Something else that might be interesting to you is that you can have multiple "SteamLibrary" folders. You can have your normal Steam installation on either the SSD or the HDD, then have a SteamLibrary on the other drive. When you want to download and install a game, you will be asked where you want to put it.

To create a SteamLibrary folder, you open the Settings window, click Downloads on the left side. The button to manage SteamLibrary folders will be at the top.
post #5 of 6
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Thanks guys. I didn't want Steam on the SSD because I figure it wouldn't use the speed and so I'd see no benefit - games, however, I was intending to install on the SSD - and with only 120gb I wanted to be careful with the space (though I guess Steam itself isn't very large).

Either way, I need to fix this current problem as I can't uninstall Steam from my 7200RPM drive at the moment... :/
post #6 of 6
Perhaps it's not really installed at the moment? In that case, you would just delete the folder on the HDD, delete the shortcuts in the Start menu.

When I look under "uninstall programs" in the Control Panel, it also does not show Steam for me. That's because I never actually installed Steam on this Windows. I had its old installation folder on volume D: and simply started the Steam.exe program manually.
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