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[HOW TO] Install Steam games on multiple drives! (using cmd)

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  1. Download / install the game as normal.

  2. Note the games name in the common folder I will generically call it **GAME**

    I call the primary drive C and the secondary drive E, you may have to substitute E.

    [32bit] C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\**GAME**

  3. Move it over from the (primary drive)

    [32bit] C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\**GAME**
    [64bit] C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\**GAME**

    to another drive. I used;

    [32bit] C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\**GAME**
    [64bit] E:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\**GAME**

    So that it looks nice and clean.

  4. Open CMD as Admin (right click and then run as administrator)

  5. Enter the line for your OS below to change directory to the steam common folder

    [32bit] cd C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common
    [64bit] cd C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common

  6. Enter the line for your OS below to create the shortcut(symbolic link)

    [32bit] mklink /D "**GAME**" "E:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\**GAME**"
    [64bit] mklink /D "**GAME**" "E:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\**GAME**"

Some notes
  • This works fine on external drives, if you un-plug it the game will be "unavailable" in steam until you plug it back in.

Edited by andrewmchugh - 9/27/11 at 9:00am
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_symbolic_link

A symbolic link will solve your problem. I don't know if it is the best solution, but it will work.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_symbolic_link

A symbolic link will solve your problem. I don't know if it is the best solution, but it will work.
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ill give this ago and then turn this in to a HOW TO if i do it.
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There is a little program that will let you transfer games back and forth between different drives quickly if you want to take advantage of your SSD speeds. I will look for it.

Edit: Here is a little tutorial of the symbolic link at least.
Edited by Segovax - 1/16/11 at 10:06am
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There is a little program that will let you transfer games back and forth between different drives quickly if you want to take advantage of your SSD speeds. I will look for it.
I would be interested in this too
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http://dirlinker.codeplex.com/

This program helps make symbolic links.
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I would be interested in this too
thiru linked it I couldn't remember where I got it.
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