Vinnyboiler Feb 20, 2013 @ 8:53pm
Having Steam read from another Partition [Solved]
Hello, first of all you guys really need a support Sub Forum, secondly can some of you more Linux savvy people help me with a little problem I have please.

I have made a separate Partition for Steam to download games onto (labeled Steam appropriately) and for some reason Steam is not recognizing that Partition and instead uses the partition the OS was installed on (which is not big enough to download TF2).

So far when I go Steam - Settings - DOWNLOADS + CLOUD - STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS, it says -
/home/[my computer name]/.local/share/Steam (Which is 3.70 GB)
/media/[my computer name]/Steam (Which is 80.71 GB)

But when I go to download TF2, it's saying the only disk space available is 3529 MB. I'm guessing it hasn't recognized the 80gb partition which is what I want it do. So I was wondering if I can have any help in making Steam recognize that large chunk of space I set aside for it?
Last edited by Vinnyboiler; Feb 21, 2013 @ 3:57am
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suavestag Feb 21, 2013 @ 12:09am 
Yeah the steam in-client setting doesn't work at the moment.

Originally posted by 5P33DY_1™ Linux:
Well I encountered problems with this recently, so hopefully I can help. IMO symlink is to tedious, and this function is inbuilt!

In ~/.local/share there should be a folder called steam (with a captial? I can't remember)
Decide where you want your new location to be.
NOTE: If you want to use an external harddrive, Fat32/NTFS don't work, because when you copy the steam folder, the steam.sh file will not be executable from those types of filesystems and Steam will give you an error.
If you have to format you harddrive as ext4 preferrably. If it won't let you copy files to the harddrive, follow these instruction: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1334840
The cut and paste the steam folder from ~/.local/share to where ever you want.
NOTE: Open your steam folder and right-click on the file named steam.sh. Click on the Permissions tab up the top and look at the check-box to see if the file is executable. If it is, continue, if it isn't check your filesystem type.
Start up steam and it'll give you two options; Reinstall and Search. Select search, then navigate through your folders until you find where your new location is. Press OK :)

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1. If you are using a harddrive, make sure it isn't Fat32/NTFS. If you have to backup your files and format it as ext4 (follow these instructions if it doesn't allow you to copy files to it after you format it: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1334840)
2. Navigate to ~/.local/share and cut (ctrl+x) the folder called steam.
3. Paste (ctrl+v) the folder in your new location.
NOTE: Open your steam folder and right-click on the file named steam.sh. Click on the Permissions tab up the top and look at the check-box to see if the file is executable. If it is, continue, if it isn't check your filesystem type.
4. Start up Steam
5. It will prompt you to either Reinstall or Search for the Steam folder
6. Click search and find the location of your steam folder
7. Press OK and have fun :3
Last edited by suavestag; Feb 21, 2013 @ 12:12am
Vinnyboiler Feb 21, 2013 @ 3:56am 
Just tried that out now and it worked like a charm ^_^ I'm downloading Team Fortress 2 to the partition now.

Thank you so much for your help.
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