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So,I was wanting a way to move my Steam Retail Games off my SSD and to storage hdd.Along with my Valve Games.
Well I did some searching and I found this small little guide,No longer is Steam on my SSD(No Steam file at all).
And it worked great.

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Steam installs to the following folder by default:
C:\\Program Files\\Steam
Files for games installed on Steam are stored in the following folder:
C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\SteamApps\\
During the installation of Steam, you have the option to install Steam to a location other than the default. Since Steam relies on the game files residing in the SteamApps folder, your game files cannot be moved outside of this folder. The game files must be in the SteamApps folder in order to function.
If Steam is already installed, you may move the installation to another location, such as a different hard drive using the following process.

Moving Your Steam Installation

Important:
Please ensure that you have your Steam account name and password before following this procedure. Also ensure that your account is linked to your current email address so that you can reset your password if necessary.
It is not recommended that you install Steam to an external hard drive due to potential performance issues.

Warning:
It is highly recommended that you create a backup of your SteamApps folder before attempting this process. If there is a problem in this process and you do not have a backup of your games or the SteamApps folder, it will be necessary to reinstall the games individually. Please see the Using the Steam Backup Feature topic.

The following instructions are a simple way to move your Steam installation along with your games:
Exit the Steam client application.
Browse to the Steam installation folder for the Steam installation you would like to move (C:\\Program Files\\Steam by default).
Delete all of the files and folders except the SteamApps folder and Steam.exe
Cut and paste the whole Steam folder to the new location, for example: D:\\Games\\Steam\\
Launch Steam and log into your account.
Steam will briefly update and then you will be ready to play. All future game content will be downloaded to the new folder (D:\\Games\\Steam\\SteamApps\\ in this example)

If you encounter any errors during the move process or when Steam is launched from the new location, it may be necessary to perform a more thorough process:
Exit the Steam client application.
Browse to the Steam installation folder for the Steam installation (continuing the from the last section example, this would be the new location of D:\\Games\\Steam\\.
Move the SteamApps folder from the Steam installation folder to your desktop.
Review the Uninstalling Steam topic for instructions to uninstall Steam (this must be done to remove your old Steam installation settings from the Windows Registry).
Review the Installing Steam topic for instructions to re-install Steam to the desired location.
Move the SteamApps folder into the new Steam installation folder to copy all of your downloaded game content, settings, and saved games to the new location.
Start Steam and log in to your existing Steam account to confirm that the move was successful.

Important:
If you are moving your Steam installation to a new hard drive and want to keep game saves/profiles for third party games that are not saved on Steam Cloud most of these can be found in your Documents folder: ~\\Documents\\[username]\\My Games\\. Moving this folder to the same location on your new hard drive will maintain your saves/profiles.

Enjoy All.
Edited by AMOCO - 2/27/11 at 9:15am
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TL: DR

Just copy the entire steam folder to where you want it to go and run steam.exe when you're done installing.
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Keep in mind one very important thing about moving your Steam folder. You MUST have all patches, updates, etc. downloaded prior to the move. Make sure you check for updates before the move, and move all software before updates need to be added again. If you don't do this, you run the risk of the file becoming corrupt, and having to re-download the entire game.
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Keep in mind one very important thing about moving your Steam folder. You MUST have all patches, updates, etc. downloaded prior to the move. Make sure you check for updates before the move, and move all software before updates need to be added again. If you don't do this, you run the risk of the file becoming corrupt, and having to re-download the entire game.
I didn't have to reinstall all the updates,Steam did it by itself when I reopened it,Plus I installed another game after I did the file transfer.Also every Steam game you install after this,Will go to the Steam folder on the storage hdd.
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Just copy the entire steam folder to where you want it to go and run steam.exe when you're done installing.
Yeah this is pretty much all you need to do, it's worked countless times for me. I don't really see what the OP has to do with SSDs.
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Problem Solved. Steam Mover
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Problem Solved. Steam Mover
Problem solved.

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TL: DR

Just copy the entire steam folder to where you want it to go and run steam.exe when you're done installing.
this is what i did, reinstalled windows twice now since its onmy data drive, and haven't had to reinstall steam or anything and its all still up to date
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Bah. It's trying to locate all the locally saved user data that can be fun.
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Good Job, Txs for the Info
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