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How to create and restore backups on Steam

How to create and restore backups on Steam

Sooner or later everyone has to "move" things from one PC to another, maybe because you bought a brand new one, faster and more powerful. If you use games on Steam, one of the problems you may encounter is download times. It's true,Steam allows you to download gamesfrom any location, but some games are really huge and you could waste hours downloading them. And if there was a way to bring you back at leastpart of the files from the old PCto the new PC, to shorten the time a little? If you asked yourself this question you can already breathe a sigh of relief: possible create and restore backups on Steam.

You can proceed either by using the Steam integrated system or by creating the backup manually. In this model you will findspeed up the download of games on the new station because the files you already have will not be downloaded from the server.

Pay attention: not always the backups performed with the automatic mode remain "intact", so during recovery you could find yourself with no more files and still having to start all over again. However, you will explain both procedures even if, personally, I advise you to opt for manual mode.

If you have not yet downloaded the Steam client on your PC, you can do so from the following link.

LINK | Steam

Create backups on Steam

There are two methods to create backups on Steam: the integrated mode in the client and the manual mode.


StartsSteamand click onlibrary; now search for the game you want to backup your files to, right-click on it and select "Back up the game files …".How to create and restore backups on SteamPut the check mark on the game (or games) you want to save and click onCome onand, in the next window, choosethe path where you want to save the files of your backup and click on Next again.At this pointchoose a name for the backupand, if you need it (for example, if you need to copy it to a particular device) choose theformat of the media you will use; in this way Steam will create many small files that will enter the single support. When you need to restore the backup you will need all the files created. In the example below, I want to save my backup to DVDs: I chose DVD from the DVD window and Steam warned me that it will create 4 different files.If you do not need this option and save your file on a device with sufficient memory, selectCustom Sizeand enter a size (in MB) greater than the final size of the backup. In my example, I chose to create a single 30 GB file (30000 MB).How to create backups on SteamAt this point the big fact: Steam will start creating the backup file (or files) you requested.You will find the file (or files) containing the backup in the folder you chose at the beginning: you can now copy them to the new PC using appropriate support.

Manual mode

NOTE:in this part of the guide, assume that you have installed the games in the default Steam folder, ie C: Programs (x86) Steam steamapps common. If this is not the case, remember to change this path with yours in the rest of the guide.

Press the key combinationWIN + Rand, inside it, write the following command

explorer"C:Program Files (x86)Steamsteamappscommon"

Search now for the game folder whose files you want to save; keep in mind that, for some games, Steam user of the abbreviations – for example the folder of “Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Plan” will be called"MGS_TPP".

Now take the folder and, simply,copy it to the new PC: your backup nice and ready! Remember that, for some games, saved files can even weigh tens of GB, so keep a device large enough (even an external disk) to copy them.

Restore backups on Steam

There are two methods to restore backups on Steam: using the client integrated mode or the manual procedure.

Integrated mode

Install Steam on your new PC, open the program and log in with your account. Done there, click on the menuSteamand selectBackup and restore games

…thenRestore existing backup. At this pointselect the folder where you saved the file(or backup files created previously with the integrated mode, click Next and wait for the end: you will have finished the procedure to restore backup on Steam.

Manual mode

NOTE:also assume here that you have installed the games in the default Steam directory, ie C: Programs (x86) Steam offmapps common. If this is not the case, remember to change this path with yours in the rest of the guide.

Install Steam on the new PC and log in with your account butnotdownload no game. Now close Steam completely, press the key combination WIN + R and, inside it, write the following command

explorer "C:Program Files (x86)Steamsteamappscommon"

Now take the folder of the game you are interested in previously copied (even several folders at a time, if you want) and move it (or move it) to the folder you just opened. Wait for the procedure to complete,reopen Steam and install the game(or games) that you restored your backup to: as if by magic, you'll notice that Steam takes much less time sincewill be able to recognize and import automaticallythe files you copied by hand! After this procedure to restore backup on Steam you are ready to play!

And the bailouts?

Unfortunately there is no general rule that tells you where Steam saves files related togame progress;they could be saved in the Documents folder on your PC, or on the Steam Cloud or in both places! Even if your progress on Steam almost always moves with you, I still suggest you always take a look at your document folder in search of various saves and, just to be sure, to create a copy!