When it comes to gaming, having your BIOS and games stored on an external storage device can be a game-changer. Not only does it free up space on your Steam Deck, but it also makes it easy to switch between different games and systems. In this article, we’ll show you how to copy your BIOS and games to an external storage device, such as a USB thumb drive, or external SSD/HDD, and how to access them on your Steam Deck.
Steps to copy BIOS and Games to an External Storage Device
- First, you’ll need to connect your external storage device to your Steam Deck. The Steam Deck only has a single USB-C port, so you’ll need to use a dock that has 3 USB-A ports or a USB-C to USB-A adapter.
- Assuming you’ve installed EmuDeck to the microSD, open the Dolphin File Manager (icon on the left side on the taskbar) and under Removable Devices, you should see “primary.” This is your microSD card installed at the bottom of the Steam Deck.
- Click on primary, and you should see a subfolder called Emulation. Double-clicking on Emulation will then show five folders.
- Under primary → Emulation, the bios subfolder is where you will copy all of your BIOS files you downloaded earlier. Keep in mind that most people will typically download a collection/archive of BIOS files. You will typically extract the archive, select the contents of the extracted folder and copy them as-is into the /Emulation/bios subfolder on the Steam Deck.
- The roms subfolder will contain the games. Under the roms subfolder, you’ll find a number of additional subfolders organized by the game system/emulator. To copy your games, open a separate instance of the Dolphin File Manager (right-click the icon to open a new instance) and navigate to this drive under Removable Devices.
- You will copy the game roms (contents) from your external storage device (USB Thumb drive, SSD/HDD, etc.) into the corresponding folders.
- Locate the bios/roms and copy them to the /Emulation/roms/[system name] and /Emulation/bios subfolders on the primary microSD card installed in the Steam Deck.
Copying your BIOS and games to an external storage device is a great way to free up space on your Steam Deck and easily switch between different games and systems. By following the steps outlined in this article, you’ll be able to access your BIOS and games on your Steam Deck in no time.