Steam Library Folders

We're seeing even more leaks out of a recent Steam Beta update from Valve that not only hinted at the SteamPal console, and the new Downloads page but also a big overhaul to the Library manager.

If you only have one storage drive, you've probably never used it or even looked at it. In the Steam Client, you can set where you want Steam to install downloads into, with it being pretty darn archaic right now and not so useful. I give you Exhibit A:

Thanks once again to Pavel Djundik of SteamDB for pointing out the new leak on Twitter, we know that Valve are testing a complete overhaul to bring it in line with their modern styling. Note: you need to opt into the Steam Beta.

Steam’s game files are located in /Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/ by default. This is the folder we’ll want to move to our new drive. Note, you can get to the Library folder by clicking on the Go menu while holding the “Option” key. Also, do not move the entire Steam folder–just move the SteamApps folder. This activity prevents the Steam client from being able to add a new library folder. The solution: Pause or cancel the download/update. Make sure nothing is updating, then go to the Library display view in the Steam client. Then select: Steam-Settings-Steam Libraries Folders-Add Library Folder. You should then be able to select/create new. Just rename the folder, set up a new folder with the name as the Steam library on that drive since it needs a clean spot, move all the games into the new folder and restart Steam. Generally all your saves will carry over, since they mostly save to the game folder which you copied over or to a separate folder outside Steam which usually isn't. If you want to locate Steam screenshots on your PC, go to Steam’s installation directory. On all Windows models, be it Windows 8 or Windows 10, the default location is Local Disk C: Program Files (x86) Steam. If you’re a Mac user, the default location is ‘Users’ username Library Application Support Steam.

It's currently a little on the broken side but you can easily see where they're going with this:

To enable it you need to open then Steam console by going to 'steam://open/console', and then enter 'bEnableNewContentManagement 1' to enable the feature (and 0 to turn it back off). To find the Download folders you go into Steam Settings -> Downloads -> Steam Library Folders.

Once the styling on it is cleaned up, it looks to be far more useful giving you more data about each storage folder at a glance and yup - even a bit more console like I would say. Configure manual mac adress. Would fit in more on a SteamPal don't you think? Desktop too of course, it actually seems quite useful to get a proper breakdown like that.

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If you tried adding existing Steam Library in your Steam Client, you might be experiencing this problem – popping up error message “New Steam Library Folder must be empty”. This error is not a bug or something, this is because we’ve added incorrect hierarchy of folders for your existing steam library.

In order to fix this issue, make sure that the folders common, depotcache, downloading, shadercache, sourcemods, temp, workshop and other appmanifest files are inside the steamapps folder.

The example folder hierarchy should be:

  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/common
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/depotcache
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/downloading
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/shadercache
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/sourcemods
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/temp
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/workshop
  • G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY/steamapps/etc…

Steam Library Folders Registry

Now you can add your steam library without problem, Go to Steam, then Settings, open the tab Downloads and click the Steam Library Folders. Now add your steam library folder, on our example its “G:/YOUR_STEAM_LIBRARY”. It should look like the screenshot below.

After that, the number of games you already installed should appear on the Steam Library Folders table.

Alternative Fix (Credit to Fred)

  1. Make a new folder where you want your games to be on your hardrive (example: steamgames)
  2. Go to steam settings > Downloads > Steam library folders.
  3. Add the game folder, in this case steamgames.
  4. Install a small game on your new steam folder. (Just find a free game that seems small) // What this is going to do is it make a new steam directory for your games.
  5. Move all your previously installed games from your previous steam library folder (steam/steamapps/common) to the new directory where you installed the small game.

Moving all the games won’t take any time because its on the same drive.

Steam Library Folders

Steam library folder same drive

Now when you press install on one of your steam games that you installed before resetting your PC it will start validating the game. Your games will validate at the speed of your HDD. Usually that won’t take long because it will be somewhere around 60 MB/S and upwards.

Steam Library Folder Same Drive

If you still have problem getting this fixed, don’t hesitate to comment or if you have better suggestion feel free to share on this page.