Steam is amazing! It’s a simple platform that grants us access to thousands of PC games of all sorts that we can download and play for hours and hours.
This article will guide you through the steps you need to follow to install Steam games on external hard drives.
Steam often has sales that are hard to avoid. Some games get up to 90% discount on some occasions, and you can’t say no to the service’s offers! However, some games weigh over 30GB, which can be a bit troubling if your drive is low on storage space.
Grab an external drive that is at least 1TB, and let’s get to work!
Connect the drive to your computer and open Steam.
Go to the library and locate the game you want to download. Click “install” and then pay attention to the “Choose installation location.” The drop-down menu will allow you to search for your external drive. Select it and proceed with the installation by clicking “To select” and “To accept.”
You mustn’t change the name of the folder where the game is installed. If you do that, Steam might not recognize it anymore.
After you finish setting that up, the download will begin.
The time it takes for the game to download and install depends on your internet connection speed and your computer.
Alternatively, if you have already installed a game and want to move it to an external drive, you can right-click it from the library -> local files -> move the installation folder.
From the drop-down menu, you select your external drive and then confirm it. After that, the game will be transferred to your drive.