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Reinstalling Windows 10 - Steam games on another drive

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    Hope you folks can help me out. My PC got stuck in a reboot loop, I've tried all sorts of methods and tutorials and I ended up at a loss as absolutely nothing was working. Came to the conclusion that I'd have to reinstall the operation system, which I'm currently doing.

    Here's the thing. My games are all installed on another SSD which I then linked my Steam Directory to. I've got all sorts of configs, mods and other bits installed and I don't want Steam to have to verify my files and overwrite stuff, I'd rather just have my game files left as they are. Does this sound like it's possible or will Steam have to verify everything once I've reinstalled Steam and reverified the new OS to my account? Would be nice to know before I go backing several GB worth of files up so I can copy them back in after the verification :lol:

    Cheers guys.

    So the OS is one one drive and the games are on another? Steam is on the OS drive but the games are separate? And thus performing an OS reinstall will only wipe the Steam client correct?

    To my knowledge Steam will just find the games on the other drive, providing you point Steam in the right direction first. This was the first Google search and seems to be the same situation you are in:


    This happened to me recently, I just put my HDD into a friends computer and it didn't loop, installed windows on his tower and put the Hard disk back into my pc, so it might have been a hardware problem, but I've checked the hardware and it seems to be fine from what I can see.

    Your steam games should be fine on the SSD, once you reinstall windows on the other drive steam will automatically find your games on the SSD. You'll have to change the options round in the games though, as a lot of them will start with a small resolution.
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