What's the best way to move Steam games to and from an SSD?


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I'd pretend someone named "Bartholomew SSD-Owner" asked this, but that didn't happen—I'm just certain it's been asked, and I wanted to bring a program called SteamTool Library Manager 1.1 to your attention.

It was more useful back before you could set alternate Steam install directories, but if you run a small SSD and only want whatever you're currently playing on it, SteamTool makes it easy to shuttle games to and from your storage disk. Sure, you could just find the game's folder and move it to a second Steam install folder on your HDD, but that'd take like, precious extra seconds.


Generally, this got me thinking about all the ways we customize Steam or use external tools to make it better. A while back we shared some of our favorite Steam skins, but here's some more useful Steam-related stuff. And because I've inevitably left out your favorite, share it in the comments!

steam.tools (opens in new tab) — A much better way to browse the Steam market for trading cards, backgrounds, and emoticons.

Depressurizer — Helps organize your library, and can auto-categorize games using data from their store pages.

SteamPrices (opens in new tab)— I use this site, among others, all the time to track discounts.

SteamDB (opens in new tab)— Another great way to track what's going on in the Steam store.

Steam Left— Estimates how long it'll take to beat your backlog (more frightening than useful).

Steam Charts (opens in new tab) — Find out what people are playing.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.