Preferred method for connecting second drive to steam?

Both drives were connected when I installed bazzite-deck, second drive is mounted and shows up in deck mode but it says I need to format it (fails). Should I just pop over to desktop mode and hook it up through steam there by pointing it at the drive in mnt or should I alter the drive mount location to a second steamapps folder? Is there something I'm missing?
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©TriMoon™
©TriMoon™3mo ago
but it says I need to format it (fails).
Where does it say that exactly?
Should I just pop over to desktop mode and hook it up through steam there by pointing it at the drive in mnt or should I alter the drive mount location to a second steamapps folder? Is there something I'm missing?
I would start by explaining what you actually did to add that second drive while installing bazzite. Also was the drive already formated and if so using which OS? Lastly try posting the output of:
findmnt
findmnt
ImBrock
ImBrock3mo ago
It says I need to format it in the "steam deck" mode in the storage page where it shows the second drive. I'm using this computer as a htpc and mainly use the steam deck mode. I am familiar with linux desktop use generally but this is my first time with a read only system. When I installed bazzite to this computer I had two drives installed, an nvme ssd and a sata ssd. I told bazzite to install itself to nvme and use the sata as additional storage. The entire sata drive is formatted as btrfs just like the main storage space on the nvme. I'd heard, read, seen someone say before installing bazzite that it would auto extend storage to steam for any additional drives indicated during install. That sounded very convenient but the sata drive has not shown up as usable storage in steam. When I go into desktop mode to attempt configuration the drive appears to be formatted and mounted to '/'. Checking its properties it doesn't register any bits being written to it and steam definetely only has access to 2tb of the 4tb connected storage. So I can go into steam in desktop to point it at a second location to place games. I've done this before with other distros I've used. Though usually the drive isn't mounted to '/' so I'm not entirely sure where to route steam for that. Also because of what I heard about storage being merged into one unit for steam I wanted to see what I should do to make that happen.
1/4 Life
1/4 Life3mo ago
you want to mount the 2nd drive in the linux-standard way of your choosing. I use fstab, systemd can mount it as well once that's done, add it to Steam as a library folder I recomment /mnt/SomeDrivename as the location you mount it to since it's an internal drive we do not auto-mount anything except SD cards
ImBrock
ImBrock3mo ago
ahh ok so just like usual then. SD card storage, that makes sense. Thanks for your help