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I am going to be reinstalling everything in the next couple days when my sig rig comes in...I am getting pretty far in some games...is there a way to back up the save files so I don't have to start over...
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I think some games now are on the steam cloud where it takes the info and stores it so you don't loose anything.
    
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Originally Posted by Strider_2001 View Post
I am going to be reinstalling everything in the next couple days when my sig rig comes in...I am getting pretty far in some games...is there a way to back up the save files so I don't have to start over...
I don't think its up to steam. Every game has its own individual save file somewhere on your computer.
Its usually in C:\\Users\\"your username"
either in My Documents\\My Games (my DiRT 2 saves here)
or the hidden folder AppData\\Local\\"your game name"

You probably have to look up the location for each game.


OH Ive got a steam question btw..
Im kinda new to steam and I'm about to buy L4D2. Spose I buy the game and then decide I need to reinstall Windows next weekend. After I wipe my hdd clean and redo my system, will I be able to simply log into steam again and redownload my game, or will I have to pay again?
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Theres not just one place for ALL game saves,this is game dependant.

Some found in My documents/My Games.
Some in just the My Documents folder.
Some in hidden folders @ Computer/Local Disk C/ProgramData

Also some games have Steam Cloud and the saves are not stored on your computer but on a server and steam synchronises them every time you start up the game,wish they were all like this

I use a program called Game Save Manager,its fairly good but even then it may need some slight configuration as it can miss some games out,its a frikin headache when you got 70+ steam games gota do a new install soon and im not looking forward to it at all
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Some don't sync to Steam Cloud. I had this problem and I never really came up with a solution. I have backed up the files but never tested them as I wanted to start them over again. I find the files are in 'My Documents' in 'Users'. There should be folders with name games on them. I think they are the ones. I however haven't tested them myself so I'm not 100% sure it will work. It's a suggestion.
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Originally Posted by Anton338 View Post
I don't think its up to steam. Every game has its own individual save file somewhere on your computer.
Its usually in C:\\Users\\"your username"
either in My Documents\\My Games (my DiRT 2 saves here)
or the hidden folder AppData\\Local\\"your game name"

You probably have to look up the location for each game.


OH Ive got a steam question btw..
Im kinda new to steam and I'm about to buy L4D2. Spose I buy the game and then decide I need to reinstall Windows next weekend. After I wipe my hdd clean and redo my system, will I be able to simply log into steam again and redownload my game, or will I have to pay again?
Dont need to pay no,if you have a spare hd or usb hd then transfer your steam folder over and drag back in when new install is complete...works a treat,i do this all time.
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Originally Posted by Anton338 View Post
I don't think its up to steam. Every game has its own individual save file somewhere on your computer.
Its usually in C:\\Users\\"your username"
either in My Documents\\My Games (my DiRT 2 saves here)
or the hidden folder AppData\\Local\\"your game name"

You probably have to look up the location for each game.


OH Ive got a steam question btw..
Im kinda new to steam and I'm about to buy L4D2. Spose I buy the game and then decide I need to reinstall Windows next weekend. After I wipe my hdd clean and redo my system, will I be able to simply log into steam again and redownload my game, or will I have to pay again?
You can just redownload it. Having to pay each time you loose the installation would suck yes? lol

EDIT: Damn I'm so slow...
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Originally Posted by Anton338 View Post
I don't think its up to steam. Every game has its own individual save file somewhere on your computer.
Its usually in C:\\Users\\"your username"
either in My Documents\\My Games (my DiRT 2 saves here)
or the hidden folder AppData\\Local\\"your game name"

You probably have to look up the location for each game.


OH Ive got a steam question btw..
Im kinda new to steam and I'm about to buy L4D2. Spose I buy the game and then decide I need to reinstall Windows next weekend. After I wipe my hdd clean and redo my system, will I be able to simply log into steam again and redownload my game, or will I have to pay again?

Way to ninja my thread... But to answer your question just log in and re download
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god i wish every game used steam cloud or at least all went into one universal folder.
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