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I have a Lenovo u410 laptop. My recent install broke so I reinstalled with 13.04 daily. It's on a 30gb primary sdd, and I want to offload large files to the 1tb hard drive that also resides in my system.

I installed steam and it defaulted to my SSD as expected. Is there anything special I would have to add to the fstab for my second ext3 hdd? Is this as simple as symlinking to a directory on the hard disk?

Conclusion: I mounted my hard drive disk as /home in the fstab. Since it's now ext4 steam installs games and dependencies there by default.

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warning: script is currently bugged and will remove files from / that are owned by the user that executes it. – Rinzwind Jan 17 '15 at 9:23
up vote 8 down vote accepted

When you click on a game to install it on the first window that pops up there will be a drop down menu. On here you have a choice to install on the default directory or to create a new library.

Install dialog

When you choose to install in a new directory you will get a choice of where to install.

Choose a directory

I hope this helps.

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Will this install all the dependencies for the game in that new location, ie. the larger harddisk? I because the solid state has size constraints. – mikeymop Feb 23 '13 at 17:25
This will install the game files to a different directory while steam will remain where it is currently installed, so everything that is needed for the game will be located there. It is like changing the install location on Windows. – CMDann Feb 23 '13 at 17:30

You can choose another drive directly in Steam. But than you have to choose this drive at every Download.

To change the default Download folder,

Just quit Steam (important!) and move the entire Steam folder to another location

mv ~/.local/share/Steam /new/path

and start Steam again. It says something like "can't find Steam, did you move it?" and than you can choose the new folder location.

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This procedure works fine for me. Thanks! – cantoni Jul 22 '15 at 3:31

And if you want to make these libraries before installing the game, see my answer to this question Not enough space on hard drive for tf2

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