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hi everyone,
i just ordered some new parts
Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB
XFX HD6950
Phenom II 955
there coming tomorrow morning
problem is i just download GTA IV complete edition off steam its about 32GB so you can understand why i dont want to download all that again
so i was wondering is there any way i can move my steam account and games without redownloading them, i should probably mention that i am installin win 7 on this hard drive so i can give my old one to my dad
thanks everyone
post #2 of 17
I think you can just backup your steamapps folder and steam.exe. However, this is just for moving the steam directory. I'm not sure if it will work moving into a fresh install. If there is no other way then this should technically do it.
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Originally Posted by Hatakescreams View Post
hi everyone,
i just ordered some new parts
Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB
XFX HD6950
Phenom II 955
there coming tomorrow morning
problem is i just download GTA IV complete edition off steam its about 32GB so you can understand why i dont want to download all that again
so i was wondering is there any way i can move my steam account and games without redownloading them, i should probably mention that i am installin win 7 on this hard drive so i can give my old one to my dad
thanks everyone
copy your steam folder to a back up drive
then after your fresh OS install, install steam. then copy over your backup steam over the new install. run steam. then right click on GTA4 on library and goto properties. and then goto local files and click on "verify local content"

let it do its thing, then run GTA4. it will install necessary files to run.

then you be good to go and wont break your bank on the bandwidth.
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post #4 of 17
its really easy to move steam games. Just copy the game folder inside your "steamapps/common" folder. Then install steam on your new system. From there you just copy and paste the games folder into your new steamapps/common folder. When you load up steam tell it to start downloading the game. It won't actually download it, it will show a percentage increase as it checks the files or whatever, once that is done you are good to go!
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post #5 of 17
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thats what i thought but wasnt quite sure, wondering if there was a proper way of doin

just read some the other posts i ddint see an it seems easy enough thanks again ocn
Edited by Hatakescreams - 1/4/11 at 8:29am
post #6 of 17
If you go in the properties of a game, there's a button to back it up.
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post #7 of 17
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If you go in the properties of a game, there's a button to back it up.
This would be the best way.
Steam > Backup and Restore Games > Backup currently installed games > Choose Games you want to back up > Done!

Then do the same once you have your new hard drive, but select restore instead of 'Backup currently installed games'.
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post #8 of 17
Post 2 is the way to go. you only need the apps folder and steam.exe.

I used to spend alot of time backingup each game and it took forever. I would set the new machine and once its installed then plugin your old HDD and transfer across before running the steam.exe again.
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post #9 of 17
Google a app called steam mover. It allows you to move individual games anywhere you want. Also works with any program or folder not just steam.

I'm on my phone so I can't find the thread but in the hard drive ssd forum there is a huge thread on it

http://m.lifehacker.com/5626931/steam-mover-relocates-applications-to-free-up-space-on-your-primary-drive


Mobile version is all I get on my phone but there is a good link
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post #10 of 17
From personal experience do not use the built-in backup feature with Steam as it is extremely slow. Just copy/paste your entire steamapps folder (not just the common as there are some files in the other folders) on an external and simply copy/paste it over the exisisting folder when you reinstall and presto. All you have to do is double-click the game like you would be "installing" it and Steam will detect the files and be ready to go.
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