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how do I make steam recognize my older library

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Have you tried pressing the install button on the game? I saw something that said trying to install it again will get steam to recognize that it is already installed and locate the files.

so I reinstalled windows on one of my drives, coicidentally the same one that I had steam client on. so I reinstalled steam and now it shows that I don't have any games installed despite the fact that they are there, in a steamlibrary folder. Is there any way to make steam see those games? I have 500GB worth of games there and I don't want to torture my hard drive by installing all of them again

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Steam > settings > downloads > Steam library folders > add the file path to your library

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12 minutes ago, kelvinhall05 said:

Steam > settings > downloads > Steam library folders > add the file path to your library

I did that but it doesn't seem to have any effect

 

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4 minutes ago, adamgasth said:

I did that but it doesn't seem to have any effect

 

Did you save it? You sure it's the right folder?

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Have you tried pressing the install button on the game? I saw something that said trying to install it again will get steam to recognize that it is already installed and locate the files.

I am far from an expert in this so please correct me if I’m wrong.

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