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[SOLVED] How to use programs on a different disk after OS disk is replaced?

izzuddin hamzul

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Hello everyone,

I know the title is a bit off and might confuse you a little but let me explain the situation first.

I have encountered a problem when my OS m.2 SSD just suddenly decided to die. In that SSD is where my OS and several other small programs I have installed. But for large programs such as Steam, Solidworks, Proteus, and a few more, I have installed it on my work SSD. I have bought a new SSD to installed windows. So it is fresh with no programs at all. This is where I am bit confused. I thought that previously if I installed my programs on my work SSD, I could just "call" the programs like normal. It could be auto detect installed programs and just paste it on the Start menu. But when I looked for it on the START menu, nothing.

I am asking this question because I don't want to go through the hassle of downloading the installer and start installing the programs all over again since the downloaded file exist in my work SSD. I am still new and this question might be easy to solve. Please give me guidance. Thank you
 

USAFRet

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For Steam games...

Steam games location
In the steam client:
Steam
Settings
Downloads
Steam Library Folders
Add library folder


To move an already installed game
Games library
Right click the game
Properties
Local Files
Move Install Folder
 

izzuddin hamzul

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nope. need to reinstall those programs. they have settings that are store in windows.
after you reinstall steam, you can relocation those games.
Well, I knew this is gonna happen. I have never seen anyone done this and perhaps for this reason too. Thank you for replying. Time to hit the internet cafe then. HAHA
 

USAFRet

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For Steam games...

Steam games location
In the steam client:
Steam
Settings
Downloads
Steam Library Folders
Add library folder


To move an already installed game
Games library
Right click the game
Properties
Local Files
Move Install Folder
 

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