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You can either attempt to clone the drive using software.
Backup files to portable medium(s) (External Hard Drives, pen drives, memory sticks, DVD, CD, etc)
And I think Windows 7 also has an in-built facility/program for transfering / backing up files and profiles.

Backup whatever you can / want. Install your new drive, Set to boot from new drive in Bios, fresh OS install. Attempt to copy anything off old drive, if possible, if not use your backups.
 
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post #12 of 31
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Originally Posted by ShadowEW;14671626 
You can either attempt to clone the drive using software.
Backup files to portable medium(s) (External Hard Drives, pen drives, memory sticks, DVD, CD, etc)
And I think Windows 7 also has an in-built facility/program for transfering / backing up files and profiles.

Backup whatever you can / want. Install your new drive, Set to boot from new drive in Bios, fresh OS install. Attempt to copy anything off old drive, if possible, if not use your backups.

yea, imm currently copying over all my music. luckily, since i had the 2nd HDD, all my videos, recordings, shows, and downloads are on that drive. all my program files and configs are on the OS drive, so i don't have much to transfer, but it will be a pain to reDL and install all those games XD.
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Originally Posted by deadlysnowcone;14671673 
yea, imm currently copying over all my music. luckily, since i had the 2nd HDD, all my videos, recordings, shows, and downloads are on that drive. all my program files and configs are on the OS drive, so i don't have much to transfer, but it will be a pain to reDL and install all those games XD.
'All those games' are they Steam games?

If so goto C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/ and copy you're Steamapps folder. Reinstall steam and copy the folder back over.. et voila.. (At least, it worked for me once) wink.gif

P.S. Not sure the file path is right.. at work.. stupid XP tongue.gif

And yeah, I never store important files on OS HDD.. Or if I do, I have a backup ^^
 
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post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by ShadowEW;14671678 
'All those games' are they Steam games?

If so goto C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/ and copy you're Steamapps folder. Reinstall steam and copy the folder back over.. et voila.. (At least, it worked for me once) wink.gif

P.S. Not sure the file path is right.. at work.. stupid XP tongue.gif

And yeah, I never store important files on OS HDD.. Or if I do, I have a backup ^^

i wonder if that will work, copying the installs, but yea, they are all steam games. will def give it a try.
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Just copy the steamapps/common folder. It will save you having to redownload everything. Works perfectly for me, I do it all the time.
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It absolutely works with Steam. Just copy the steamapps folder over, and you'll save yourself the re-download.

Of course, some games won't have your saves or settings or anything. See, some games follow the "proper" behaviour (according to Microsoft) and store profiles, saved games, settings, maps/mods, etc. in your user profile folder. (Usually C:\Users\Username\....) This makes them a lot more awkward to backup. But anything that stores everything in its own folder (totally improper according to Microsoft) can be backed up just by copying its steamapps subfolder.
     
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Originally Posted by Kramy;14671750 
It absolutely works with Steam. Just copy the steamapps folder over, and you'll save yourself the re-download.

Of course, some games won't have your saves or settings or anything. See, some games follow the "proper" behaviour (according to Microsoft) and store profiles, saved games, settings, maps/mods, etc. in your user profile folder. (Usually C:\Users\Username\....) This makes them a lot more awkward to backup. But anything that stores everything in its own folder (totally improper according to Microsoft) can be backed up just by copying its steamapps subfolder.

Haha, yeah, the idea behind the centralisation of games saves/profiles was a good one (don't need to manually go through a thousand folders to back up game saves) but in practice is a bit of a PITA as many devs still don't follow the guidelines completely and put things in C:\Users\%username%\Documents\My Games, but just in Documents. Means I end up having loads of hidden folders in Documents because I can't stand seeing "BFBC22" "BioWare" "Deus Ex" "Duke Nukem Forever" "LucasArts" "WBGames" and a host of other folders in my Documents.

While it's a pain to have to redownload stuff from Steam, first priority should be backups of essential data, then deactivate any games that have limited activations, then worry about backing up Steam. At least Steam lets you redownload stuff. wink.gif
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P.S.

You can always backup the games via Steam > Library > Right click game > Backup .. I know it copies all your Installation files for that game, but not so sure on Saves xD

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It's a little outdated now, by a few days.. but.. still, my principle stands XD
 
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You can always backup the games via Steam > Library > Right click game > Backup .. I know it copies all your Installation files for that game, but not so sure on Saves xD

It's a little outdated now, by a few days.. but.. still, my principle stands XD

No, it doesn't back up game saves. It literally just compresses (poorly, might I add) the directories contained within /steamapps/common and the gcf and ncf files in /steamapps/

It takes ages to do it, too - both to backup and to restore. Far quicker and easier just to manually copy the directories.
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No, it doesn't back up game saves. It literally just compresses (poorly, might I add) the directories contained within /steamapps/common and the gcf and ncf files in /steamapps/

It takes ages to do it, too - both to backup and to restore. Far quicker and easier just to manually copy the directories.
It only takes a couple of minutes, at most for me O.o
Both Backup and Restore. ^ ^
Also, They're easier to move around.. As I use the CD part size.. It's helped my mates multiple times, and its much easier to move the installation around XD
 
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