Steam and massive steamapps folder

*** Edit: Sometime in the last few months Steam added a new feature, Steam Library. You can create multiple locations on the same drive, different drives, or even networked drives to install games!.  Networked drive sounds nice! Useful if anyone is running a Cafe of steam users.

I’ve had a few people complain about the steamapp folder size being to big to fit on their main hard drive. So I thought about few solutions:

  1. Install steam on a separate harddrive
  2. Delete/backup games you don’t play?
  3. Use mklink to point all or specific games to another harddrive or network location.
Solution #1 is pretty simple
#2

You could just delete the games you don’t want. Or Above the ‘Delete Local Content’ option is ‘Backup Game Files’. Now it will backup all the games files with compression to a location you pick. It can even break the backup sets into 700mb (CD size) or 4.7GB (DVD sizes) or any custom size.

#3
Useing mklink (windows 7 has it, windows xp requires windows 2003 server resource kit)
ex.
mklink /D “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps” Z:\steamapps
Move your steamapps folder to your destination (Z:) first. Because source folder must not exist.
Could also do parts. like “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common” or “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\username” to different locations if needed.

One Comment

  1. Aaron says:

    Learn something new every day! 😀

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