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I'd like to avoid redownloading my steam games as much as possible, as my internet is extremely slow.

If I save my steam folder to my external, reformat my primary, then transfer steam back onto my primary, will i still have to redownload everything or will it work as if it were just file transfer simplicity?
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It should just work, only thing you might need to do if it doesn't is reinstall steam into the folder that already has steam, but you won't have to redownload the games.
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Steam->Steamapps->common

Save this common folder and all it's contents to your externall HDD. Then reinstall steam on you reformatted OS and replace the normal common folder with your old one. You may have to download some very small files but the majority of all your games will be moved. Also for some games you may need to right click within steam ->verify game cache.

Done, hope it helps.
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Steam->Steamapps->common

Save this common folder and all it's contents to your externall HDD. Then reinstall steam on you reformatted OS and replace the normal common folder with your old one. You may have to download some very small files but the majority of all your games will be moved. Also for some games you may need to right click within steam ->verify game cache.

Done, hope it helps.
This, did this every time I reformatted and it transferred over (mostly) without issues.

Screwed with a few cfgs for source games but other than that worked fine. +Rep for good thorough info and beating me to it
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