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My computer has been giving me a lot of problems booting lately and I think the culprit is my motherboard. Im gonna try and see if just wiping the drives clean and starting over will get rid of the problem because ive tried everything else already. Only thing that is important on my computer are my saved games checkpoints in Steam. Is there anyway I can keep my current game "save checkpoints" by transferring specific files to a flash drive then to my fresh reinstall? Thanks
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Open steam, go to games. Right click on a game and click backup game files. Choose where u want to save it, and bam!
    
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I use gamesave manager also to backup individual saves. Try that too!
    
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You could also make a copy of the "steamapps" folder and save it elsewhere.

Your game saves are usually in your User folder, so back that up too.
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Give steam its own drive and copy "My Documents" over to it before a reformat.
 
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To backup your actual games, just move the "Steamapps" directory and the "steam.exe" to another directory.
Steam will apply all required registry data once you run steam.exe - It will also download all other required files. The same is true for each game.

To backup your gamesaves (your progress in game), either do some Googling to find out their save paths or use something like GameSave Manager (link in my signature).

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I just backup Steamapps and steam.exe as well, all my game saves are on the cloud so I don't even bother with backup savegames anymore <3
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