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At the moment, I've got steam on a secondary 1TB drive, so that if for some reason, I have to re-install W7 or change the boot drive, at least all my games from Steam (and all other installed games) will be saved, and it'll save me the hassle of copious downloading. Will this be as easy as it seems in theory, though? I know before I change C: I'll have to pick through documents and appdata to get all the saves and such, which I'm not too bothered about, but my main concern is the games working off the bat with a new installation. Would Steam fix the majority of this, and would my other games have to be fully re-installed or just repaired?
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It's fine
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Yep, it works fine. I've had mine on a secondary 1Tb drive for a while now.

You're correct in thinking that you'll have to pick through My Documents etc. to find save games, but it really isn't that much hassle
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you will have to reinstall steam to get the registry entries to get steam to work which may lead to you losing the game data the best way is to have steam on 1 drive and a backup on another that way you can reinstall steam to get the registry entries then copy over the files and have all your games
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Yeah as others have already said this is a fine way to do things. In fact I would say it is far superior to having Steam mixed in with your OS partition. Having it on an entirely different physical drive is even better. I've been doing it for many years and it works great.

When you end up reinstalling Windows or have to transplant drives around for whatever reason getting all your games working becomes an absolute breeze, just run the steam.exe on the secondary drive and Steam will install and fix itself up and your old games will remain installed.

As you pointed out the main thing you have to worry about is your saves and settings files which can be strewn all over the place. Some games stick them in the hidden AppData folder, some in various locations within Documents and Settings. So make sure you have whatever saves you want but you'll be good to go and it's a great idea to stick Steam on its own dedicated drive.
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you will have to reinstall steam to get the registry entries to get steam to work which may lead to you losing the game data the best way is to have steam on 1 drive and a backup on another that way you can reinstall steam to get the registry entries then copy over the files and have all your games
I've just moved my entire Steam directory onto a new PC and I didn't have to do anything, it just worked
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Yep, it works fine. I've had mine on a secondary 1Tb drive for a while now.

You're correct in thinking that you'll have to pick through My Documents etc. to find save games, but it really isn't that much hassle
I've already had to do it a couple times, and it's like a 10 minute job anyway. Torchlight was enough of a sweetie to have a link to appdata in the installation, but I think start > run > appdata is much quicker xP

Thanks for the help anyways, chaps!
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I've got it set up like that. Windows on C, Steam on D. Works fine, even after a reinstall of Windows. Like you said, only thing is that the saves still get put on the C drive.
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yea that works fine i used to do that
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It will be fine. I've never had Steam on my Boot drive.
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