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I am going to be getting a new computer with SSD next week and want to be able to effectively preload my games (i.e. not have to start over or transfer save data manually). As I understand it, I want the game files to be on the SSD and the game saves on a HD. I have an external HD. Is backing up my games (via the Steam backup command) the correct thing to do? Thanks so much.

  • You only want games on your SSD that really need it, like Games that use a lot of streaming, such as MMORPGs, Skyrim, Witcher and other games like that. No need to put all of them there. Also, you can just copy the files from your hdd to your steam library on your ssd, then uninstall in Steam and then tell Steam to redownload while selecting your ssd library as the installation target. – user28015 Jul 10 '14 at 1:38
  • And it will realize that they are already on there? Is there a way to download the game to the HD if they are already on my computer? Thanks – Thoth19 Jul 10 '14 at 2:12
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    If you move the files from one Steam Library to the other, yes Steam will recognize the existing files. gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/158045/… – user28015 Jul 10 '14 at 4:52
  • @NoneOfYourBusiness only if it's the same OS structure. I went from 32 bit to 64 bit and everything broke for me :( – franglais Jul 10 '14 at 14:37
  • There's no reason that the save files need to be on an HDD. They just have to be where the game will look for them. Usually this is, by default, on the OS drive. So if your OS is installed on an SSD, that's where the games will look for save files. – stone Dec 30 '14 at 21:10
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I'd advise you to stay away from third-party software, and instead use the backup feature Steam has. Less hassle, great compression, and easy to reinstall.

Make sure that when you backup multiple games at once, you group the ones that go to your HDD and the ones that go to your SSD together. You can selectively restore single games in backups, but you can't selectively change the install location.

  • That seems reasonable. I am going to have a 256 GB SSD, so I think it should be able to handle my somewhat small library. Thanks. – Thoth19 Jul 11 '14 at 1:58
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This is the software that i use. It will allow you to make a new folder for steam that can be linked to your standard folder.

This is the method that i would personally use and have used in the past.

Although it can be done by copying files but i have found that some games just don't like that and end up not working.

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Razer Game Booster will back up your saved games to a cloud storage service (I linked my dropbox account).

Check here for the list of supported games: http://www.razerzone.com/gamebooster#supportedgames

If you don't want to download all of the games again, you will still need to follow the steps that NoneOfYourBusiness referred to.

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I strongly advise to stay the hell away from Steam's backup feature. It usually does more harm than good.

I suggest manually copying the game folders (and saves, should they be stored somewhere else) of the games you want to quickly restore to your backup location and then to the SSD.

When you do that, delete the .exe file that starts the game, otherwise Steam will be unable to detect previously downloaded content. That .exe file will be the only thing you have to redownload, per game.

  • I've never deleted the .exe and it always works fine for me. I don't think that step is necessary. I agree that manually copying is smoother than using steam's backup feature. – stone Dec 30 '14 at 21:06
  • @skypecakes It never worked for me, Steam just went on to download everything again if I didn't delete it. In any case, better to be safe. – No. 7892142 Dec 31 '14 at 10:57

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