How to Download Steam Games on External Hard Drive

How to Install Steam Games on External Hard Drive

Steam games are thrilling & exciting to play, but they can be truly enormous in size. This is the main concern amongst most gamers. The disk space games occupy after installation is huge. When a game downloads, it keeps growing and takes up space greater than its primary downloaded size. An external hard drive can save you a ton of time and stress. And, it is not hard to set it up. In this guide, we will teach you how to download Steam games on external hard drive.

How to Install Steam Games on External Hard Drive

How to Download & Install Steam Games on External Hard Drive

A single game can burn up to 8 or 10 GB of room in your HDD. The larger the size of the downloaded game, the more disc space it will acquire. But the good news is that we can directly download Steam games on external hard drive. It might also interest you to read How to Move Origin Games to Another Drive.

Preliminary Checks

When you are downloading or moving the game files into your external hard drive, perform these checks to avoid data loss & incomplete game files:

  • Connection of the hard drive with the PC should never be interrupted
  • Cables should never be loose, broken, or poorly connected

Method 1: Download Directly To Hard Drive

In this method, we are going to demonstrate how to download steams games on an external hard drive directly.

1. Connect the External Hard Drive to the Windows PC.

2. Launch Steam and Log-in using your Account name & Password.

Launch Steam and login using your credentials. How to Install Steam Games on External Hard Drive

3. Click on Steam from the top-left corner of the screen. Then, click on Settings, as shown.

Now click on Settings

4. Click Downloads from the left pane and click on STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS in the right pane.

Click on STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS

5. In the STORAGE MANAGER window, click on the (plus) + icon beside system Drive viz Windows (C:).

It will open STORAGE MANAGER window that will show your OS drive, now click on the big plus sign to add your external hard drive to install the game

6. Select the Drive letter corresponding to External Hard Drive from the drop-down menu, as depicted below.

Select the correct drive letter of your external hard drive from the dropdown menu

7. Create a New folder or select Pre-existing folder in External HDD. Then, click on SELECT.

Create a new folder if you want or select any pre existing folder in your external drive and click on SELECT

8. Go to the Search Bar and search for the Game e.g. Galcon 2.

Go to the Search Panel and search for the game. How to Install Steam Games on External Hard Drive

9. Next, click on Play Game button shown highlighted.

Go to the search panel and search for the game and click on Play Game

10. Under Choose location for install drop-down menu, select External Drive and click on Next.

Under Choose location for install category, click on the dropdown menu and select your External Drive’s letter carefully and click on Next

11. Wait for the Installation process to complete. Lastly, click on the FINISH button, as shown.

Now wait for the installation process to complete until you see this window

Within the next few seconds, the Game will be installed on External drive. To check for it, go to STORAGE MANAGER (Steps 1-5). If you see a new tab of External HDD with Game Files, then it has been successfully downloaded & installed.

Now go to STORAGE MANAGER again to verify weather it has been added or not. If you see a new tab of your external hard drive, then it has been successfully installed

Also Read: Where Are Steam Games Installed?

Method 2: Use Move Install Folder Option

The game which is pre-installed on your internal hard drive can be easily moved elsewhere with this feature within Steam. Here’s how to download Steam games to external hard drive:

1. Plug in your External HDD to your Windows PC.

2. Launch Steam and click on the LIBRARY tab.

Launch Steam and go to LIBRARY. How to Install Steam Games on External Hard Drive

3. Here, right-click on the Installed Game and click on Properties… as illustrated below.

Go to LIBRARY and right click on the installed game then click on Properties…

4. On the new screen, click on LOCAL FILES > Move install folder… as shown.

Now go to LOCAL FILES and click on Move install folder… option

5. Choose the Drive, in this case, External Drive G: , from Select the target drive “name & size of game” should be moved to drop-down menu. Then, click on Move.

Select the correct target drive from the drop-down menu and click on Move

6. Now, Wait for the process to complete. You can check progress in the MOVE CONTENT screen.

Now wait for the process to complete, see below image

7. Once the moving process is completed, click on Close, as highlighted below. Once the moving process is completed, click on Close, as highlighted below

Also Read: Fix Steam Keeps Crashing

Pro Tip: Verify Integrity of Game Files

Once the downloading/ moving process is completed, we recommend confirming that the game files are intact and error-free. Read our guide on How to Verify Integrity of Game Files on Steam. Make sure you receive All files successfully validated message, as shown below.

Once the process is completed, click on CLOSE

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We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to learn how to download Steam games on external hard drive. Let us know which method you liked better. If you have any queries or suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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