[SOLVED] Steam won't recognize my installed games

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I recently bought a new SSD and did a clean install of windows 10 on it but while doing that i had to wipe the HDD with windows already on it, this HDD also had steam installed on it. So i bootted into windows and installed steam again but when i launched steam i notices that it said that none of my games were installed so i looked on the other HDD i have installed on my computer and saw that all my games were there but steam still said they were uninstalled. So i tried to "install" one of the games i had hoping it would notice that i had it already installed but it started downloading it again. so i tried to switch the steam directory and that didn't work and just moving them to the steam directory on the SSD isn't an option because its only 250GB and i have just under a TB of games installed if anyone knows how to fix this please let me know, Thanks.
 

COLGeek

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You are going to have to reinstall your games. As far as Windows and Steam are concerned they no longer exist. Even if on a different HDD, Windows (and therefor Steam) can't find them as they are not installed properly.
 
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i have already tried to change the steam library but when i do it says that there is already a steam library on that drive and i tried to delete the library and make a new one but it is the default one
 
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i moved a game to the default directory and then clicked install and it said discovering files that already exist so i think i found a way to fix it thanks
 

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