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I just installed Steam on my SSD. I have backed up my steamapps on my 1TB HDD.

How do I make it so that steam sees the ones on the disk drive? Is there an app that will MOVE the ones I want from one folder to another?

I have tried Steam mover but it doesn't seem to be able to do it for some reason from another folder to the steam folder. It seems only want to move games AWAY from the currently installed folder.
Perhaps I'm going it wrong though?

Thanks for any help.
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Why not just install Steam to your hard drive?
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What I did was create an NTFS Junction Point, which pointed C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\ to G:\Program Files (x86)\Steam, and moved my entire directory there. You can opt to install Steam in whichever directory you like, but some games (EA games in particular) don't like to run properly when they're not on the same logical drive.

It's a pretty easy thing to do with the "mklink" command built into Windows, but if you're intimidated, there's a program called Junction Link Magic that will let you create links in addition to scanning for and editing existing links.
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Jiggly,

You're going to need to delete the install of Steam on your SSD (C:/) drive and place it on your external. The client itself loads no more or less faster on an SSD than it would on a traditional HD, as the loading time is primarily tied to login authentication. I've tested this. It's not worth the trouble to try to find a workaround when you can delete and reinstall in a matter of minutes.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;11949385 
Why not just install Steam to your hard drive?

I wanted it to load faster. Steam itself.
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Originally Posted by korosu;11949410 
What I did was create an NTFS Junction Point, which pointed C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\ to G:\Program Files (x86)\Steam, and moved my entire directory there. You can opt to install Steam in whichever directory you like, but some games (EA games in particular) don't like to run properly when they're not on the same logical drive.

It's a pretty easy thing to do with the "mklink" command built into Windows, but if you're intimidated, there's a program called Junction Link Magic that will let you create links in addition to scanning for and editing existing links.

Yeah I could look into doing it myself. It seemed really doable. Good to know for some of the EA games...
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SteamMover?
http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover

Please read opening post. Thanks.
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Jiggly,

You're going to need to delete the install of Steam on your SSD (C:/) drive and place it on your external. The client itself loads no more or less faster on an SSD than it would on a traditional HD, as the loading time is primarily tied to login authentication. I've tested this. It's not worth the trouble to try to find a workaround when you can delete and reinstall in a matter of minutes.

It seemed to open slightly faster this morning, but yeah I think you're right. Its not worth the difference. I'll put Steam back on my hard drive and use the Steam Mover to put a few games on the SSD
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IMO you should have it the other way. Steam doesn't need a fast harddrive, the games themselves do.
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