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http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/6528996.page

Here's a link. It might help a bit. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by GsxR1000Ryda View Post
So I have already preloaded BF3 but still have yet to play it. I'm overdue for a reformat, so I'm pretty much wondering if there is a process or even a way to back up Battlefield 3 install files so I won't have to re-download all over again. Thanks in advance
For Origin download, you have to backup the whole hardrive, unlike Steam where you can select to backup individual game.

The Origin/Steam download has the option to pause/resume, but once the game is installed, the installer is gone. There's no option to download the installer either Steam or Origin.
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For Origin download, you have to backup the whole hardrive, unlike Steam where you can select to backup individual game.

The Origin/Steam download has the option to pause/resume, but once the game is installed, the installer is gone. There's no option to download the installer either Steam or Origin.
Damn, yeah that doesn't SUCK! Looks like I'll just have to re download. Not really a big deal cuz I doubt I'll even able to play by this weekend!
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Man, I think I got a solution.

On origin, Open configuration>Check the box that says something like: Save the game installer. Then click on the "find game installer" and it should have the game installer. And I guess you can back up that and install it later on the same folder after you have reformated your HDD.
Origin will only Install the game.

I havn't tried this yet, but seems logic.
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I've backed up Battlefield 3 today myself, and was completely fine.
Here's what I did...
  1. Made sure Battlefield 3 was completely downloaded
  2. Closed Origin and navigated to "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Origin Games"
  3. Added the 'Battlefield 3' folder to a Zip archive and dumped it to another drive
  4. Formatted Windows as usual
  5. Re-installed Origin and logged in
  6. Closed Origin once more and extracted the files I previously archived to their original location
  7. Finally, launched Origin and had a "Read to Install" button on BF3

The installation didn't appear to apply Punkbuster and as it's not currently unlocked for the UK I can't test it.
Having said this, I see no reason for it to not work.
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