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I have a question. Can I backup my steam games? What I mean is, What if steam went away or if my account was closed for whatever reason. How would I backup the games so that I can keep them forever? With D2D some games can be burned to CD and then the serial can be used, but what about games without serials? ANy Ideas? Thanks
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If I was in your position, I'd just copy down all my serials. I'd torrent clean copies of the CD's and burn them to a DVD or whatever then just use the serials I got from Steam etc.
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If I was in your position, I'd just copy down all my serials. I'd torrent clean copies of the CD's and burn them to a DVD or whatever then just use the serials I got from Steam etc.
normally that's what i would do but unfortunately most of my steam games have no serials that I can see.
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Are you sure? I know all the games that I have purchased have the serials. I forgot the option in the settings to see them.
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You do not need steam to be online to use your games .

Many options to backup,the most obvious one is using the built in steam backup/restore utility.

Or you can just copy paste the individual game folders or the whole of the steamapps/common folder to usb etc.

I personall have a complete backup of my entire games folder on usb drive.
The idea bove regarding torrenting is the worst possible thing you could do.

Please be aware that even if you legally own a copy of your game you CAN NOT legally torrent a copy for backup due to the fact that when you download you upload as well.

If you upload then you can be held responisble for illegal file sharing,i suggest the guy who mentioned that above doesnt advise that again.

Even if you did torrent them and burnt to a CD im not actually sure that steams folders and updates are compatible with retail CD versions,i think there is a little difference with DIgital downloads,correct me if im wrong.

Basically you can just drag the content where you want and then when reinstalling into steam the steam cleint will check all files are complete and redownload any missing/corrupt files.

Also serials for all steam games can be found in steam client on games page to the right.
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You can backup all games from steam. Just right click on the game and select backup. then save it to dvd or HD. You can get serial numbers from the right clicking the game as well.
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LOL. You serious dude? If you were so worried about "uploading" them, then just turn your upload to 0. So nothing gets uploaded and it's just download.

Get out of here with that whole BS of "it's illegal". I download Windows/Linux ISO's all the time because I'd rather have a digital ISO rather some CD taking up space. You OWN a CD key, it's not like I'm asking him to download and pirate the damn game.

Pfft.
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You do not need steam to be online to use your games .

Many options to backup,the most obvious one is using the built in steam backup/restore utility.

Or you can just copy paste the individual game folders or the whole of the steamapps/common folder to usb etc.

I personall have a complete backup of my entire games folder on usb drive.
The idea bove regarding torrenting is the worst possible thing you could do.

Please be aware that even if you legally own a copy of your game you CAN NOT legally torrent a copy for backup due to the fact that when you download you upload as well.

If you upload then you can be held responisble for illegal file sharing,i suggest the guy who mentioned that above doesnt advise that again.

Even if you did torrent them and burnt to a CD im not actually sure that steams folders and updates are compatible with retail CD versions,i think there is a little difference with DIgital downloads,correct me if im wrong.

Basically you can just drag the content where you want and then when reinstalling into steam the steam cleint will check all files are complete and redownload any missing/corrupt files.

Also serials for all steam games can be found in steam client on games page to the right.
Great info,

But I think the OP's main concern is based on "what if" Steam was to go under and to compound things, the games in the library were corrupted/lost. How would the user re-acquire the games in his/her library? I have about 700gb of backed up Steam games via Steam back up client. The back up client requires connection to Steam servers in order to re-install or it won't proceed. Also, many of the games don't have keys available. I know Homefront, Crysis Wars, Lara Croft G.O.L, DOW Retribution, just to name a few are not accessible.

I think your recommendation of dragging files would be best in regards to his concern.
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What I do is when I back Steam up I just copy-paste the entire folder to another drive.
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Thanks for the info. From what I can tell is that if Steam were to go under I would have no choice but to pirate the games or be out all the money I spent. Unless Valve does some kind of patch that lets you DL all your games and play without steam being online. Also the games that do have serials are eay to find, they say CD KEY in the game page, unfortunately, most of my games do not have that. I guess I can just download them and look for steam DRM cracks, not the best case solution. The CD key sale sites are looking better and better every day. At least if we could have proof of ownership with each game. Only 8 of my 50+ games on steam have CD keys. I guess technically I only own the games while Steam is alive and well. I hope Valve lives forever.
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