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To be honest I haven't used it - I just reinstalled steam on my c300 from my intel and then moved over the games and they worked. I use the c300 exclusivley for my games and the intel for boot and some other apps with my seagates as media etc.

Sorry I can't help, but I just run steam off that drive and all of the game, but I only have like 50-75gb of games on it.
yeah the question wasnt moving the actual games themselves, it was how to stop the steam/other games from creating save game files on my C:/ drive if they are installed on my D:/ drive..looks like Black Magix guide may be what I need to do once I do the fresh install on the c300 and use one of my hdds as storage...because I will be using my D: drive as games, steam, and music storage and the c300 as my windows system and wow drive...
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Did you try just installing the steam app on the D drive? Then wont everything save there?
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Did you try just installing the steam app on the D drive? Then wont everything save there?
yup, thats how it is now, steam is installed on my storage drive but its still creating game saves on the c: my docs folder

i think its what Black Magix said, my profile is still saved on the C drive...ill prob just have to hack the registry like he has in his guide
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Did you try just installing the steam app on the D drive? Then wont everything save there?
No.

Steam is a distribution platform that downloads it's games to a directory you designate at the install of steam. However, the games it downloads still operate their own code for saving games.

While SOME games actually save to the local directory (COD4, few others...) Some of the titles still will save to the local user directory designated in your registry. In terms of using the Windows easy transfer, I have no idea, I've never used it.

So even if you install Steam on D:\\ and your user profile is in C:\\Users\\<User Name> It will still save games to the C:\\User

The fix I posted above will actually move your entire user directory to a different drive. When I moved my C:\\Users\\Black Magix directory, it took

C:\\Users\\Black Magix\\Documents
C:\\Users\\Black Magix\\Appdata

with it saving my configurations to D:\\Users\\Black Magix
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yup, thats how it is now, steam is installed on my storage drive but its still creating game saves on the c: my docs folder

i think its what Black Magix said, my profile is still saved on the C drive...ill prob just have to hack the registry like he has in his guide
The save paths are either created by the games on your system drive or map to a default save location, regardless of where you install the game files. I'm not sure if there are individual entries in the registry to control the savegame location, but you will be at the mercy of the developers implementation unless they use the default savegames directory.
    
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No.

Steam is a distribution platform that downloads it's games to a directory you designate at the install of steam. However, the games it downloads still operate their own code for saving games.

While SOME games actually save to the local directory (COD4, few others...) Some of the titles still will save to the local user directory designated in your registry. In terms of using the Windows easy transfer, I have no idea, I've never used it.

So even if you install Steam on D:\\ and your user profile is in C:\\Users\\<User Name> It will still save games to the C:\\User

The fix I posted above will actually move your entire user directory to a different drive. When I moved my C:\\Users\\Black Magix directory, it took

C:\\Users\\Black Magix\\Documents
C:\\Users\\Black Magix\\Appdata

with it saving my configurations to D:\\Users\\Black Magix
That makes sense, maybe I should check out my C: folder now!

Thanks
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Are there any ramifications to remapping your user directory to a non system drive?

Something makes me think some programs might not like that. This has caused issues with software installers I've used in the past, but that could very well be an isolated issue with the product I'm using. In specific, the MSI installer sometimes has a hard time installing or cleaning up installations when the user directory is on a network drive.

Again, that might just be a symptom of the specific software we support or misconfigurations on the end users part.
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Are there any ramifications to remapping your user directory to a non system drive?
good question, Black Magix maybe you can chime in about this?
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Are there any ramifications to remapping your user directory to a non system drive?

Something makes me think some programs might not like that. This has caused issues with software installers I've used in the past, but that could very well be an isolated issue with the product I'm using. In specific, the MSI installer sometimes has a hard time installing or cleaning up installations when the user directory is on a network drive.

Again, that might just be a symptom of the specific software we support or misconfigurations on the end users part.
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good question, Black Magix maybe you can chime in about this?
In terms of a new system? Absolutely not. I've run my system like this since Windows XP x64 First thing I do every reformat is point windows towards the new user directory and search my own profile for my fix for the exact keys (don't have it memorized.)

However, In terms of an existing system, I honestly don't know. To my understanding on how the file system works it might have created links to the user's appdata in the registry and obviously removing that could be bad. Worse comes to worse, you copy paste into your new users directory and leave whatever dependencies are required in C:\\Users\\<User Name> and begin migrating over to your new one.

TLDR? New System? Absolutely possible with 0 repercussion (I've run this way for 4+ years) Existing system? I don't know.
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TLDR? New System? Absolutely possible with 0 repercussion (I've run this way for 4+ years) Existing system? I don't know.
That makes sense.

Individual apps that are already installed might not use the key in the registry and have established their own links to the initial appdata directory. You're at the mercy of the developer on an existing system since there is no guarantee they will use a standard directory.

I'll be looking at moving mine the next time I fresh install. Gathering saves was always a pain.
    
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