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Old 11-26-2012, 08:31 PM
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Where are Steam games stored?

I think I am asking a stupid question, but where do these 4, 5, 6 GB games get stored? I look in my "change/uninstall programs" portion of Windows 7 and I see my Steam games listed there, but the "file size" portion of the column for each game is empty. Is this some cloud based stuff, or is it on my hard drive and it's just not listed there?

I wonder because I am getting short on room and wish to add a couple games and I wonder if I need to uninstall games that I haven't played in awhile that I got through Steam yet show no memory usage. Why is this?
Old 11-26-2012, 08:47 PM
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They are stored under c:\program files\Steam\SteamApps\common by default. But you can choose where they are installed by adding other folders in settings, and/or changing the install path when you first install a game.
Old 11-26-2012, 08:48 PM
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They're in program files/steam/steamapps/common . The best way to delete them though is to right click on the game in your steam library and do "delete local files."

Also, in relatively late breaking news, if you opt in to the latest beta steam client it at long last supports custom install directories, so you can put different games on different drives or install paths if you so choose.
Old 11-26-2012, 09:20 PM
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I guess what I am asking is if every Steam game I download is actually taking space up on my hard drive. I suppose it is...but why isn't it listed in terms of "amount of space occupied" in my "uninstall/change programs" folder like all my other files?
Old 11-26-2012, 09:30 PM
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They do, and I don't know why they don't show up that way on the control applet. You CAN right click on a game in steam and go to "local files" to see how much space that game is taking, or of course, right click on the folder on windoows explorer.
Old 11-26-2012, 11:14 PM
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The games are locally installed, as said. They take up HD space, not sure why Uninstall is lying.

Save games are locally installed. If that games supports Steam Cloud, then they are backed up online, as well. The name for that feature is boringly generic, yet somehow amazingly convenient and steampunky.
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