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Steam Beta Allows Custom Installation Locations

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has instructions distilled from a reddit post on how Steam users can finally select custom locations for their game installations. This is currently only available in the Steam beta and requires a little configuring, but the post includes instructions on how to opt in to the beta as well as on how to enable this new functionality. Thanks nin.

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22. Re: Steam Beta Allows Custom Installation Locations Sep 12, 2012, 17:48 jimnms
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 13:48:
I have Steam on a dedicated 3TB drive and even though I keep all my games installed I still have plenty of space left over (my Steam folder is 1.47GB). And with Storage Spaces in Windows 8 you can create a non-redundant or redundant array consisting of several drives with minimal effort, so I've never been too concerned about such a limitation.

However, this feature should have been included from the beginning. I can imagine some people wanting to keep their most played games on a SSD which are notoriously limited in capacity (or using smaller drives if they're on a budget) and I find it bizarre that Valve took this long to implement it. It's hard to applaud Valve for such a basic feature but it's better late than never.

Your Steam folder is only 1.47GB, do you only have one game or something?

I still use my trusty method of a small partition/drive for C: that is just for Windows and system related programs and a large D: drive/partition for games and storage. I currently have a 1.5TB WD Black with 50GB partitioned as C: and the rest D:.

It's come in handy in the past when Windows nuked itself. I don't keep anything important on C: so I can format it and re-install without worry. Although it's been about 10 years since I've had to do that it probably doesn't matter anymore. There is one advantage to a small C: partition with Win7, using the system backup to create an image of the system partition. It's much faster to make an image of a 50GB partition than a 1.5TB one, even though I don't do image backups.
 
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