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Old 10-08-04, 09:33 AM   #1
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I purchased the Silver pack last night and was wondering how do I back up the files in case my hard drive crashes or I purchase a new PC?

Do I just save everything under Program Files\Valve?

Do I not have to worry because if I log on with my user ID everything will automaticaly download to the new drive/PC?

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Old 10-08-04, 10:00 AM   #2
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Hope valve comes out w/ some offical info on how to do this, since we all have to reformat every now and then. In the interm though most of us have just decided to bak the steam folder to dvd's.
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Old 10-08-04, 10:00 AM   #3
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I would say you don't have to worry about it since you have to login to steam and it is by your userID. I would like to back it up due to the fact it a big ass download.
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Old 10-08-04, 10:22 AM   #4
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Default Re: HL2 Backup Question

Right now you can backup steam games.

Simply backup everything in

C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps

Then, run the small 600k steam installer, let it finsih, then copy the files, then let steam update it self.

it will take it like a min or two to check all the files etc but it will work.
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Old 10-08-04, 12:46 PM   #5
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I here when you go into offline mode, it creates a file to ID you, so yo udon't need to go back online to autheticate yourself.. I tested it by pulling my ethernet plug, and yea, it does work..

SO I wonder if you somehow backup your whole entire steam install, and copy it onto another machine, if that would work.
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Old 10-08-04, 01:12 PM   #6
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You could always just put all the .gcf files on a seperate partition, if you have one set up. That's what I did.
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Old 10-08-04, 03:01 PM   #7
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There is no need to back up Steam files. Anything you purchase and have a lisence to use over Steam will automatically allow you to redownload it in the event that your harddrive crashes, you get a new computer, etc. For example I could go over to my friend's house right now and use my account on his computer, and I would have access to every Steam game I own. In fact, I could log onto a dozen computers and download the games a dozen times if I wanted to, afaik there's no limit to downloading Steam files once you have a lisence for it.

But, all of the .gfd files located in the Steam/SteamApps folder also contain the data for all the Steam games (and there are also a few other folders for things like mods, but you don't really have to worry about those). Just backup the ones that you don't want to download again (they're named Half-life.gfd, Counterstrike.gfd, etc), and then copy them back if you need to make a new Steam install.
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Oh ok, thanks. I didn't know that (about the .gfd files). They're not worried about backing up for fear of never getting the files again, but all the Steam files are over 4 GB, which is a ****-ton. It'd be better not to have to download them again.
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Old 10-08-04, 03:09 PM   #9
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I here when you go into offline mode, it creates a file to ID you, so yo udon't need to go back online to autheticate yourself.. I tested it by pulling my ethernet plug, and yea, it does work..

SO I wonder if you somehow backup your whole entire steam install, and copy it onto another machine, if that would work.
Thank you very much for that, I tried to figured out how to get offline mode so now I solved it, no need to buy DVD to play Half Life 2 and Half Life: Source offline, no wonder I read in many forums, idiots rants that you cant play games from steam in offline mode, now they all got cream pies on their face.
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Thanks for all the responses, especially Edge.

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