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Steam games installed to NAS

post #1 of 11
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I've slowly been moving things off of my htpc and onto my file server(unraid). It was time to try and move my pc games, mainly just out of curiosity.

I copied my steam folder to my file server and then moved my steamapps folder to a different location on my htpc. Added the library location to steam and surprisingly it works. I tried Skyrim last night and it ran much better than I expected it to. The loading screens were a little slower and there was an occasional stutter but all told not as bad as I expected.

I think I'm going to try some games that are less demanding on storage. I will also be trying to add these games to another computer.

Has anyone else tried this? Crazy enough to try? Comments?

Relevant system info: Gigabit switch, realtek gigabit NICs, only 8GB of ram on the htpc. The games are parity protected right now but this shouldn't have a performance impact.

In this scenario more memory and Intel NICs would most likely help considerably.

UPDATE 4/12/2013 - I tried loading up some games on a different computer with the same account and found the following:

Bastion and Trine will not run. I am alive and sonic generations will. Both of these ran very smoothly actually.
Edited by macks - 4/12/13 at 6:24am
post #2 of 11
Hmm....I've backed steam games up on a NAS before, but never actually run them directly from a NAS. With gigabit I doubt performance is a major issue compared to a local HDD, but my HTPC has an SSD. Id love it if there was a simply and easy way to shift individual games back and forth.
post #3 of 11
I might be missing something, but have you tried Steam Mover?

It seems like you can use NAS for storage, and then use Steam Mover to put any game currently playing on the local HD/SSD.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by DaverJ View Post

I might be missing something, but have you tried Steam Mover?

It seems like you can use NAS for storage, and then use Steam Mover to put any game currently playing on the local HD/SSD.

True. This way I can just install the game to the NAS and play it from any computer.

I'm really just doing it b/c I saw there was an option to do it in Steam.
post #5 of 11
Steam mover says "It requires NTFS formatted drives. It will not work with FAT32."

Anyone actually tried it with a NAS?
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

Steam mover says "It requires NTFS formatted drives. It will not work with FAT32."

Ah, there you go. I figured there had to be a good reason. Shame.
post #7 of 11
To be honest, since Steam supports multiple install folders now, I'm surprised they haven't added something to the UI to let you move games between locations yet.

You can do it manually but that's a pain since you have to check which acf file is for which game.
Edited by jhoff80 - 4/12/13 at 7:46pm
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post

To be honest, since Steam supports multiple install folders now, I'm surprised they haven't added something to the UI to let you move games between locations yet.

You can do it manually but that's a pain since you have to check which acf file is for which game.

They have a backup option but I haven't tried it yet.

Slight update, I'm playing Skyrim again tonight and it's playing fine. My overclock was lost on reset so that's why the game was stuttering a little. User error.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post

To be honest, since Steam supports multiple install folders now, I'm surprised they haven't added something to the UI to let you move games between locations yet.

You can do it manually but that's a pain since you have to check which acf file is for which game.

I guess its because games are rarely so nicely encapsulated, they still like to install stuff in your user or documents folder, which can be different depending on the version of windows. They probably don't want to build it in because it wouldn't work half the time, and would still leave like 20% of the game on your main drive. Like the skyrim save folder, for instance - that's still on your main drive in your docs folder. If they move it, it breaks. If they don't move it, they didnt do what you asked, and if you reformat expecting it to still work....it won't, AND your save is toast.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

I guess its because games are rarely so nicely encapsulated, they still like to install stuff in your user or documents folder, which can be different depending on the version of windows. They probably don't want to build it in because it wouldn't work half the time, and would still leave like 20% of the game on your main drive. Like the skyrim save folder, for instance - that's still on your main drive in your docs folder. If they move it, it breaks. If they don't move it, they didnt do what you asked, and if you reformat expecting it to still work....it won't, AND your save is toast.

A lot of your steam games are automatically saved to the cloud anyways, including Skyrim. smile.gif

If you want to launch steam games from xbmc check this out.

http://www.gwenael.org/forum/viewtopic.php?id=209
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by macks View Post

They have a backup option but I haven't tried it yet.

The backup option is something different. It packages the game data in a self-extracting .exe file, which you can then use to restore it at a later date.

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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

I guess its because games are rarely so nicely encapsulated, they still like to install stuff in your user or documents folder, which can be different depending on the version of windows. They probably don't want to build it in because it wouldn't work half the time, and would still leave like 20% of the game on your main drive. Like the skyrim save folder, for instance - that's still on your main drive in your docs folder. If they move it, it breaks. If they don't move it, they didnt do what you asked, and if you reformat expecting it to still work....it won't, AND your save is toast.

No matter where you install the game to, your save files remain in the same place (hard-locked to the C: drive), so it's doubtful that has anything to do with why.
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