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Plug 1st August 2012 08:59 PM

Download location

Where, in the Steam interface, can I change the location of where downloads are stored on my PC?

I've got shedloads of space on my hard drive but the partition on which Steam is located is insufficient for my needs.

Chief 1st August 2012 09:26 PM

Downloads automatically go into a subdirectory of your steam folder, there's no way to change that. If you're on Vista or 7 you can use an external app to move your already downloaded games to another partition and have them still work on steam. I think there's a way to do it on XP but it requires additional files to be installed first.

Steam Mover -
SteamTool Library Manager 1.1 - Stefan Jones

I haven't tried either of these but I hear they still work just fine, no reason they shouldn't as it just uses a series of simple windows commands that would work for any files.

If you want to move the entire steam directory then:

1. Exit the Steam client application.
2. Browse to the Steam installation folder for the Steam installation you would like to move (C:\Program Files\Steam by default).
3. Delete all of the files and folders except the SteamApps folder and Steam.exe
4.Cut and paste the whole Steam folder to the new location, for example: D:\Games\Steam\
5. Launch Steam and log into your account.
You may have to verify files for your games after doing that too.

Plug 1st August 2012 10:53 PM

Sounds pretty simple. I'll give that a go. Thanks :)

QuestorNZ 2nd August 2012 10:20 PM

I use Steam Tool - I've moved over 300Gb of stuff to a different drive no worries - no reverifying needed either - it just creates the logical links to the files on the other drive.


r8response 2nd August 2012 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by Chief (Post 3606433)
You may have to verify files for your games after doing that too.

I've moved my entire steam folder the way you described many, many times. And i have yet to verify a game.

Mixa... 6th August 2012 10:11 PM

Yep...the key is deleting every thing but the exe and steamapps folder. When you log back in it kinda auto verifies as it rewrites sundry files such as the client.blob.

SGTyogi 16th August 2012 05:54 AM

steam mover u can use for any folders i also use it to move my orgin games just a heads up

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