steam client install location

RavenX

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Just a quick one, currently I got one 2.5in ssd that has both my OS and games installed. Just got a new samsung nvme ssd that I plan to do a clean install of windows 10 on and move all my games to the 2.5in ssd. Is it better to install my steam client on the same drive as my games, on the same drive as my Windows, or does it not really matter?
 

jmilcher

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Just a quick one, currently I got one 2.5in ssd that has both my OS and games installed. Just got a new samsung nvme ssd that I plan to do a clean install of windows 10 on and move all my games to the 2.5in ssd. Is it better to install my steam client on the same drive as my games, on the same drive as my Windows, or does it not really matter?
Ive always had mine on a separate drive. If you need to re install the os, you do not need to re download your steam library. Major time saver if you have a huge library.
 

pendragon1

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Ive always had mine on a separate drive. If you need to re install the os, you do not need to re download your steam library. Major time saver if you have a huge library.
thats not what hes asking but is what he is doing.

Is it better to install my steam client on the same drive as my games, on the same drive as my Windows, or does it not really matter?

steam doesnt care where its installed and it will make zero difference
 

RavenX

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Thanks, I wasn't sure if it really mattered for performance and resource use on the OS where I installed the client.
 

TheSlySyl

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I have my steam program installed on my C:\ but 100% of my steam games are on their own separate hard drive.

When I reinstalled windows, I just set that secondary location as one of the install locations from steam options and it automatically scanned all the files in it and added them to my installed library. Sometimes it has to reinstall some random VCredist or whatever to run, bu it does that automatically.
 

Loose Nut

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Only matters For Steam games that you might use a lot of mods for, like Bethesda's Skyrim and FallOut regardless of the versions "Oldrim, SE or VR".
It has always been recommended to NOT install mod-able games under the "Program Files" folders due to possible UAC problems.
Though I'm not sure if this is a problem under Windows 10.
 
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