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Install Steam Games to Any Drive in Latest Beta

Category: Gaming
Posted: 12:26AM

The Steam Big Picture beta arrived on Monday, but hiding amongst that feature was another one that is sure to appeal to many people. A couple of Redditors discovered a setting that lets you add installation folders to Steam. Now, there have been separate utilities to perform this same action, but so far this is the first time it has been available in Steam directly. Well, alright, so there is a small caveat to getting this to work, but it is fairly simple. All you need to do is have a new Steam shortcut point to your Steam.exe, but at the end have -dev or -console, like so: "F:\Steam\Steam.exe -dev". There are some claims that the -dev extension adds some extra time to the load process, but either one will work.

After that, there should be a new "Console" tab in Steam with an entry textbox at the bottom. Type in "install_folder_ui" and when a new window pops up, add in installation locations for your Steam games. Close that window and presto, Steam games can now be installed on any separate drive on your computer, which is very useful for anyone with Steam on an SSD. Not all the games will allow for the different install folder, but a good amount do.

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John_Grimm on September 13, 2012 10:50PM
Very nice find. :D This will be extremely useful.

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