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Originally Posted by ShadowEW;14671816 
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
Last time I checked, it didn't copy any saves or info tied to your account.

Steam Backups are intended to be used to quicken the reinstallation process. They're also great for handing out to friends to save them a download.
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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.
I agree. Copying the directories manually to external HDD is way quicker.

Of course, if any of your games save screenshots/replays/maps/mods/etc. in their folders, a direct copy will take them with it.

(Good when backing up, bad when giving to friends to save them a download.)
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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
Well, it takes a really long time to go through the Backup and Restore list and click the tickboxes next to 500 steam games, so I'll stick with direct copies.
     
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Last time I checked, it didn't copy any saves or info tied to your account.

Steam Backups are intended to be used to quicken the reinstallation process. They're also great for handing out to friends to save them a download.


I agree. Copying the directories manually to external HDD is way quicker.

Of course, if any of your games save screenshots/replays/maps/mods/etc. in their folders, a direct copy will take them with it.

(Good when backing up, bad when giving to friends to save them a download.)


Well, it takes a really long time to go through the Backup and Restore list and click the tickboxes next to 500 steam games, so I'll stick with direct copies.
I suppose a direct copy is quicker, only if you want all your games in one go.. I'm happy with installing them as I need (as it's doubtfull I'd ever need all of them at the same time).. and just picking them up nicely in one folder all clearly labled. and not having to worry if its in Steamapps / [account name] or common

Edit: If you hadn't noticed. I do individual backups.. no tickboxes involved <3
 
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thanks for all the info; here is where i am at. currently transferring game saves, and after that i think i'm good. my question is; how do you wipe a hard drive clean? i have a 500 Gb 7200 RPM drive from my old desktop with windows XP on it, and i want to wipe it clean and install win7 on it. what is the easiest way?
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Just format it during the process of installing Windows 7 if you want the quick 'n' easy way.

If you want to be more thorough, Darik's Boot 'n' Nuke (DBAN) allows you to wipe the drive completely, returning it to the state it was in when it left the factor in terms of data on it.
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Just format it during the process of installing Windows 7 if you want the quick 'n' easy way.

If you want to be more thorough, Darik's Boot 'n' Nuke (DBAN) allows you to wipe the drive completely, returning it to the state it was in when it left the factor in terms of data on it.
Simplest way is just to do it along the way with your Win7 install. Boot from DVD and when it asks you which drive to install to.. Wait.. thinking about which drive, click the drive you want to wipe, press delete, then once its deleted the partition, press new.. It'll do a quick NTFS pass (I think) and you're good to go / continue xD

Other than that.. iHave an extremely old Segate utility on floppy disc..
The uses of a floppy drive <3
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Simplest way is just to do it along the way with your Win7 install. Boot from DVD and when it asks you which drive to install to.. Wait.. thinking about which drive, click the drive you want to wipe, press delete, then once its deleted the partition, press new.. It'll do a quick NTFS pass (I think) and you're good to go / continue xD

Other than that.. iHave an extremely old Segate utility on floppy disc..
The uses of a floppy drive <3
I did mention that as the first option. Just provided the DBAN one in case it was desired.

Haha, I still need to use a FDD occasionally as well.

deadlysnowcone;

This page might be of interest for your reinstall etc...
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Normal partition deltion and formatting doesn't wipe data.

You can boot to a recovery console and use "clean all" from diskpart to wipe a drive.
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I did mention that as the first option. Just provided the DBAN one in case it was desired.

Haha, I still need to use a FDD occasionally as well.

deadlysnowcone;

This page might be of interest for your reinstall etc...
I know.. Just reiterating the process with a little depth
Not saying that he needed it, but it's always handy for the onlookers 'Guests'

@Blameless Yeah, But for basics and allbeing he doesn't have anything to hide. It should suits his needs. Correct? ^^
 
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I know.. Just reiterating the process with a little depth
Not saying that he needed it, but it's always handy for the onlookers 'Guests'

@Blameless Yeah, But for basics and allbeing he doesn't have anything to hide. It should suits his needs. Correct? ^^


Yeah, if it's just reusing a drive, the the format option should be sufficient; while the old data will still be magnetically on the disk, it won't be accessible as far as Windows 7 will be concerned because it won't be in the MFT of the newly formatted partition.
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well, the good news is, i don't have to wipe a drive any more. just went out and sprung on a 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD, and am going to install it soon. that along with a 120mm fan to keep the hard drives cool, hopefully this will work out well. thanks for all the help
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