oliverames Sep 8, 2012 @ 1:33pm
Steam Games Folder
I've got a new Retina Display Macbook pro and liked the idea of not having a very big SSD and so, I only have 250gigs of space. I was thinking about downloading one game at a time, playing and then deleting it but that didn't seem to be what I want as the games are huge to download.

Now though I have a USB 3 external hard drive and am wondering if it is possible to move all the game files over to the hard drive while leaving the steam app on my computer. Essentially so that if I open Steam up without the hard drive connected I have to reinstall all the games. Another option would be to install the entire Steam app on the external drive.

So, how do I do this? I've heard about copying over the game files from Application support and using a symlink but I'm not sure how to do that. Any have a tried and true method for Mountain Lion?

Thanks so much
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Marginalx11 Sep 8, 2012 @ 6:13pm 
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Kyahx Sep 8, 2012 @ 11:41pm 
If you are OK with always plugging in your games drive to play anything (even something small like Plants vs Zombies) then I would suggest moving your entire Steam folder to the other drive. However if you want Steam to still work without the drive plugged in (for things like browsing the store and community stuff) then you should leave the "Steam" folder on your main drive, and only move and link the "steamapps" folder within it.

Making a symlink is fairly easy, you just open the terminal and type:
ln -s "/path/to/new/location" "/path/to/old/location"

For example, if you were to move your "steamapps" folder out of your Library and to an external drive called "Games HD" you would type:
ln -s "/Volumes/Games HD/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps" "~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps"

Also for the sake of keeping things neat I would suggest recreating the same folder structure on your USB drive as the main drive. For example if you move the "~/Library/Application Support/Steam" folder I would place it in "/Volumes/Games HD/Library/Application Support/Steam"

Last edited by Kyahx; Sep 8, 2012 @ 11:43pm
oliverames Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:27am 
I never move the steam.app file right? I think I'll just move the steamapps folder with a symlink. So my question now is, after I move the folder and create the symlink, when I download games from steam will they download to the external drive?
Last edited by oliverames; Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:29am
lqmooney Dec 24, 2013 @ 2:53pm 
this isn't working for me it doesn't come up with any error the is what i typed pleases help

ln -s "/Volumes/LaCie/Steam" "/Users/lucamooney/Library/Application Support/Steam"
RZKY Dec 24, 2013 @ 5:25pm 
Originally posted by oliverames:
So my question now is, after I move the folder and create the symlink, when I download games from steam will they download to the external drive?

yes.. well, it should be..

but i did something like this a few weeks a go. i was trying to move my iTunes movies folder to an external drive. but i run into a permission problem. i cannot add new items to my library.

hopefully Steam doesn't have this same problem. let me know if it works. i want to move my games as well :)


UPDATE:

i just noticed something. it seems Steams allows you to have multiple storage locations. check the Steam preferences, it's on the "Downloads" tab.
Last edited by RZKY; Dec 24, 2013 @ 5:43pm
Djeiki Dec 25, 2013 @ 4:00am 
norma
Face McShooty Dec 25, 2013 @ 7:14am 
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