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Switching to 64bit. Anyway to save my steam files to external? My internet sucks!

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So I am probly going to switch to 64bit Windows 7 from Vista 32bit. I have no problem just wiping the drive clean and then doing a fresh install except for STEAM! My internet is slooooow...very slow. Downloading a game usually takes around 16-24hours Considering I have about 15-20 steam games I really would like to know if there is a way I could save them to an external hdd, dvd, or flash drive so I don't have to wait WEEKS redownloading
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Yes, just copy the steamapps folder to the external drive and then replace after installation. Simple
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Yes, just copy the steamapps folder to the external drive and then replace after installation. Simple
+1, easy as pie
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Yes, just copy the steamapps folder to the external drive and then replace after installation. Simple
Ahh just beat me to it! Remember to grab some save and configuration files in your documents folder, but these are game specific. I know BFBC2 saves in there.
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Thanks guys! Just found out there is a backup option on the steam tab. Gonna save the games to DVD's
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Trust me, I advise NOT to do that. It's real slow! Just copy the steam apps folder to another HDD and replace when re-installed.
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Steam installs at 32 bit anyway, so it's just as simple as copying everything over.
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Or just have a separate partition or Drive for steam games. Backup options does not save your game saves so if you don't care about your game progress just simple copy and paste to external HD will be sufficient enough

Also just a little tip, once thats all sorted and your on your new OS, I suggest running a "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" on your steam files as some can go wonky.
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Yes, just copy the steamapps folder to the external drive and then replace after installation. Simple
Just do this. I recently did a clean install and I just copied the steam folder over. It was easy. Much faster than backing up to DVD.
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