Steam by Valve is the world’s largest online gaming platform for PC and Mac that offers an incredible gaming experience. Steam has a huge library of popular games from many major publishers and has been connecting gamers from worldwide since its inception. Certainly, Steam is immensely popular with over 30 million active user accounts. Hence, here is a handy tip for those serious gamers using Steam.
Steam client from Windows and Mac allows users to browse, purchase and download their favorite games. Steam installs itself in the C:\Program Files\Steam directory by default and games installed on Steam are stored in the ..\Steam\steamapps\ folder. Perhaps, if your system partition (i.e. C drive) is running out of space or you need to do a clean installation of Windows or you’re moving to a new computer, then it is advisable to Move Steam Installation and Games to a different location on your PC.
This can be easily done and helps you prevent the risk of loosing all your large sized games downloaded via Steam if the worse were to happen. Carefully follow the steps described below to Transfer Steam entirely to a different partition or hard drive. The following instructions will move your Steam installation along with your games:
Important: It is highly recommended that you create a backup of your SteamApps folder before attempting this process.
1. Log out and Exit the Steam client from system tray in Windows.
2. Navigate to the folder where Steam is installed (by default: C:\Program Files\Steam\)
3. Just cut and paste the mentioned file and folders (steamapps folder, userdata folder and steam.exe file) to the new specified location, for example: D:\Steam\
4. After transferring of files gets completed, delete the Steam folder from C: drive.
5. Launch Steam.exe, it will update to re-download just the steam files (around 30MB).
Now log into your account and continue using Steam from the new location. Also, all the future game content will be downloaded to the new folder D:\Steam\Steamapps\.
Note: For installed games, you may need to verify your game cache files. To do so,
1. Open Steam client, go to Library section, right-click on the game and select Properties from the menu.
2. Select the ‘Local files’ tab and click the Verify integrity of game cache… button.
3. Steam will verify the game’s files – this process may take several minutes. Once the process is completed, the Check window will automatically exit. That’s it!
>> Similarly, you can move Steam to any other computer running Windows OS. (You can only be logged into Steam on one computer at a time.)
Tip: “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 will go to whatever folder you have Steam installed in.”