How to move a game or directory and trick windows to thinking its still there (yes, works with Steam games)

How to move a game or directory and trick windows to thinking its still there (yes, works with Steam games)

Problem:
If you are like many of us out there you enjoy your solid state hard drive. However, you probably traded vast amount of space for a much smaller, faster space. For me, I am constantly having to move files around to juggle what runs off of my solid state drive. Well, I found an easier way to basically create a link for windows to follow. This has worked with numerous save games, Steam games, applications that require large libraries etc ...
 
Solution:
First, move whatever the files are to their new directory. In my example I will use a game that was on my SSD in Steam library. I essentially move it to another drive and point Steam there. So, for me, I did a cut and paste of c:\Steam\steamapps\common\game name and pasted it in e:\Steam Games. Now that the files are moved, you need to essentially create a shortcut in the old directory to point to the new directory. To do so, open up cmd as administrator and follow this general format: mklink /J "old directory" "new directory" ... those quotes are required!
In my case I did this: mklink /J "c:\STeam\steamapps\common\portal 2" "e:\Steam Games\portal 2" ... you will get a confirmation in the command prompt and you should see a sort of shortcut icon in the old directory. Thats it, do this whenever needed. 
 
Notes:
Keep in mind you have to do this per game in Steam or Steam will error. Also, the directories must match up perfectly or you will get an errror. So don't just copy paste (it will expect old directory to be empty), do a cut and paste. 

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