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About to format, how to back up steam?

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March 14, 2012 9:25:57 AM

hi all.

so I am about to format my pc (windows died), and I was wondering what do I need to do in order to keep my games and progress in the games when I reinstall windows?

before u say it, I have already posted a ticket to steam support (no reply yet) and already asked the steam forum (also no reply).

anyone can advice?


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March 14, 2012 9:53:37 AM

I don't think you'll be able to go this route mate! When you install a game, the game makes certain entries in the windows registry. Now, when you format windows, i 'believe' the registry also gets wiped out, thereby deleting the said entries.

What you can try though, is to backup the games before going ahead with the format. This should ensure that you don't need to re-download every game from steam again. Again, this is just my theory and members may point out if this is wrong.
March 14, 2012 10:07:42 AM

If you can still access the drive you can just copy all the steam app folders and files onto your new installation.
I did this with about 100gb of games a while back, I did verify the local files on all of them, but *touch wood* about 2 years later and they still are working fine.
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March 14, 2012 12:34:57 PM

Re-install Windows WITHOUT formatting your hard drive. The new installation will dump your old windows files into a folder named "Windows.old". Navigate to the folder Windows.old\Users\<Old Username> and copy the contents to C:\Users\<New Username>. Merge the folders but do NOT overwrite any files.

Install Steam to the same drive/folder it was installed in originally e.g. I always install mine to "D:\Program files (x86)\Steam". Your games will re-install as required when you run them but all your savegames should be present as well.
March 14, 2012 1:53:20 PM

Steam also has it's own backup utility or at least it used to. I haven't used the backup option in a long time so don't know if it's still there.
March 14, 2012 2:04:14 PM

Hello, I apologize I cannot give you a direct link as I cannot access steam right now, but

go to steam support website search for back up games and moving steam to different location

There's several articles on steam support website telling you exactly what you have to copy in order to back up your games when you're doing a reinstall of the OS.

Oh here, I answered this recently before: