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Can you copy a Steam game to a new computer and install it?

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1 year ago#1
If I copy the game directory (from steamapps/common) to a new computer, can I have Steam on the new computer install it? A friend and I both bought this game and with our internet it will take 3 hours just to download one copy... I figured we could expedite the process.
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1 year ago#2
Usually yeah
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1 year ago#3
Yeah, just copy and paste the game files, then sign in and "verify integrity" of the files. It'll auto sync and scan the files, and download anything missing. You can also "backup" files as well, but I've never actually used that method before.
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1 year ago#4
That should work, yes. Just make sure to put the files in the correct spot so Steam finds them.
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1 year ago#5
I've used the backup method, and it worked great for me. Never tried copy/paste :P
1 year ago#6
Alright thanks guys. I'll post the results later.
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1 year ago#7
I've been copying over games directly from my other computer to the new one and sometimes it runs right away and sometimes it doesn't...if it doesn't at that point I can verify the cache and download the 8 or 10 files it doesn't have and then it works. Unfortunately my drive is so slow that I'm only getting 10MB/sec transfer rate, but that beats the 2-3MB/sec download speed I'd be getting otherwise.

I'd only back up the files if you need to keep them in storage for a long period of time... actually I plan on backing up my games to blu-ray once my burner gets here...
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