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Change asset store downloads storage folder! (To unity hub installation folder)

Discussion in 'Unity Hub' started by ReignOfDave, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. ReignOfDave

    ReignOfDave

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    Hi i thought it might be a cool idea to change the asset store downloads storage folder if the hub is installed to the Unity Hub install location.

    It would help out a ton for users like me that have our os installed on a smaller ssd (Once we get an install location option).
     
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  2. joeksy

    joeksy

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    Hi,
    Thanks for your feedback, it is in Unity Hub's longer term plan to manage assets,
    your feature request have been note and we will make sure to evaluate it.
     
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  3. Gibton

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    Longer term plan?
    I have the same problem and looking for ways to solve it, I found a similar question that was asked 5 years ago! So how long is your longer term plan?
     
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  4. CGCowboy

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    Any update on this? It becomes a difficult decision to add more assets when we are locked into the drive they are stored on.
     
  5. Lurking-Ninja

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    If it's a really big problem, you can change a folder to a link. Symlink or Junction and you can store your assets wherever you want until Unity develops the proper installation/asset handling.
     
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  6. AbrahamDUnity

    AbrahamDUnity

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    @CGCowboy we haven't given this much priority for now. We understand it's an issue and will make sure to consider it in our milestone planning. I can't promise an ETA so I would suggest using @Lurking-Ninja 's suggested fix in the meantime.

    Best,
     
  7. Vincent_Stagg

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    Any news on being able to change the asset store download location? I can see this being an issue, i have a large amount of asset store items but i can only download / keep saved a certain amount due to it being on a ssd 250GB storage, I have an empty 6TB hardrive which i would love to use.

    The issue i have seen is that if you own an asset store item if you have not downloaded it and the item is deleted/removed by the creator from the asset store the item is lost with no download option, (This has happened with free items I've added to my asset store so not sure if this is the case with paid items)

    I am worried that as i buy more and more items from the asset store i will be unable to keep them all downloaded on my PC due to being forced to use the C drive and could end up with expensive assets being removed from the store / my assets download.
     
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  8. Deozaan

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    I'm in a similar boat, with only a 128 GB OS drive. Like Lurking-Ninja suggested, I work around the storage limitation by using a junction to my 5 TB HDD. Unity thinks it's downloading files to my C drive but they're actually being stored on a different drive, e.g., D:/Unity/Asset Store/

    But even if you decide not to use junctions, nothing is preventing you from downloading assets to your C drive, and then moving them to another drive for backup purposes and to free up space. That should put your mind at ease about assets being removed from the store.
     
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  9. 4ngryFace

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    Would really like to see this feature implemented.

    I like to use my C: as OS / Apps, games on another drive, and backups & unity + assets on another drive.
     
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  10. Siafu

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    It would be really nice that I didn't have this 150GB of unity assets stuck on my small C drive... Or buggy from symbolic link causing some errors. I really would like to choose an asset folder. Even Epic launcher allows this. I personally would be fine if I could change it in windows reg. If i buy an asset I like to download and test it. I think the only solution now is for me to stop buying Unity assets.
     
  11. jevcorvette

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    Hello i have a big problem i need to finish at june 2021 my game project so : what i do is i start the project go to asset store and download the things i need so i klick open with unity but then it stands "no items"! but i downloaded them if you see this pleace help or might i can help my self.
     
  12. Dirk611

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    If I install a symbolic link to redirect Unity Asset downloads to my E: drive, will Unity lose its link to the assets that are already on my C: drive? Thx!
     
  13. dorusoftware

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    mind blowing that we can't change unity store downloads location. how is so hard to let the user save the path, store that path in a setting variable, then access that path. It (most of the time) work for the android paths.

    I suspect unity dev team is exactly like me, know a bunch of high end stuff but lack some of basics in coding. I can understand and relate with this.
     
  14. eldvbear

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    Just tested it! I didn't have any issues with moving my Unity folder out of User/AppData/Roaming/ and moving it to my 2TB internal drive I use for my Unity Projects. I placed a junction in the AppData/Roaming folder and my AssetStore downloads downloaded to my F:\ Drive.
     
  15. ElsamMarura

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    wow 2021 and still no progress, amazing
     
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  16. Lorrak

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    amazingly badly
     
  17. BenWoodford

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    Honestly it's far worse than "why does this have to be on my system drive?"

    The Roaming folder is for things you want to carry between logins on multiple PCs in a domain environment. For a business that is trying to entice enterprises to use it, Unity sure is making some bad decisions there. The roaming profile folder shouldn't be more than a few hundred megabytes tops, but Unity is bumping it into tens to hundreds of gigabytes that needs to be sync'd up to a domain controller until IT catch it and add it to the ignore list.

    Storing anything of reasonable size in the Roaming folder goes against all best practices
     
  18. samruilio

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    Wow, I'm looking for this option too. But it's still not there!
     
  19. redmotion_games

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    At least allow people to download assets from their account via their web browser to a designated folder. A day's work for a good coder surely.
     
  20. Dukehuna

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    I agree. Allow us to change the storage location of assets. System drive is for the system! You're taking up valuable space and it is not just inconvenient. You're wasting my time managing my own assets, or redownloading them! It's frustrating when I have to make room on my system drive because every single company wants to store their files on my system drive! Do I need to say anymore!
     
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  21. Dukehuna

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    Just in case... Even if I had a 10 TB SSD system drive I'd want to store it on another drive. Whatever happens to my system drive I do not want to affect my working assets! Allow me to keep it elsewhere!!!!
     
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  22. Lorrak

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    this should be important, it probably wont do a lot of problems to make, cuz my nvme 500 is almost full, probably will crop some win10 unnecessary features next, on other hand I cleaned my program files directory :D
     
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  23. zetaFairlight

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    We can no longer use Unity because of this issue that hasn't been solved for years. We know that a Symlink may do the job, but's it's not a clean way. Unfortunately we will have to move on...
     
  24. APSchmidt

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    I too would like to be able to set a destination for the downloaded packages. For now, I manually move them from their current destination to an external drive but it's rather clumsy, in my opinion. So, when will we see this happen? :)
     
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