1

I have a desktop computer with Windows 10 which has enough space for a large Steam library. A friend of mine will come over in a couple of weeks with an ultrabook that lacks the disk space to install a few hundred GB of games. The current workaround is a USB 3.0 stick where he has a second Steam library on it.

Since the network here is Gigabit, it should be possible with reasonable speeds (125 MB/s) to just transfer all those files via the network as needed. This will not scale with many people, of course, but for certain games it might be reasonable.

On Linux, I knew how to do this:

  • Create an NFS share of like /Steam/Common
  • Mount that into /Steam/Common on the other computer

How could I do this on Windows? My experience with shared folders is from Windows 98 and XP where one can just create a read-only share with some name and no password. Since Windows Vista there seems to be this home network workgroup going on which I have never bothered to set up. Also when trying to have a share without a password on a passwordless account, there is no way to connect with an empty password string.

How would I go about creating a read-only share and let somebody else connect to it such that they can use that as an additional Steam library?

  • Just do something like this, Building a local Steam caching server to ease the bandwidth blues, but you would need a similar library in order for that to work well. – Ramhound Feb 4 '17 at 15:05
  • Solves the download problem, does not solve the problem of lacking disk space. – Martin Ueding Feb 4 '17 at 15:18
  • I don't consider the "lacking disk space" a problem that can be answered by this community. Steam also allows you to move specific games in your library. This means you can use external storage locations. – Ramhound Feb 4 '17 at 15:18
  • Yes, and I'd like to use a network drive as this external location. That should be possible, right? – Martin Ueding Feb 4 '17 at 15:22
  • This is a good read: forum.level1techs.com/t/… – Nullldata Mar 3 '19 at 20:31
0

select your desktop liabrary folder and share it over your network as lun network drive (software available to do that)

on your ultrabook in steam add a liabrary location and locate your shared folder on network

restart and you are good to go

  • This sounds reasonable, but it’s a bit vague.  Can you describe what to do, step by step?  What menu, what button, what command, what option, etc? … … … … … … … Please do not respond in comments; edit your answer to make it clearer and more complete. – Scott May 5 '19 at 3:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.