I'm planning to upgrade my computer's hard drive and I'm not using an imaging program because I'm clean installing - How can I move my Steam game files and game saves from the old harddrive to the new hard drive with Windows 7?
Steam game files and game saves are two different subjects.
You can copy the Steam folder altogether to the new HD and then do the following: - delete everything except SteamApps folder and Steam.exe - run Steam.exe. This will make it re-sync with the Steam Cloud and download everything again and recognize the "just" installed games.
Some games have their auto-install routines which will be triggered on the first run. This reveals itself as the steam installer service requesting authorization.
Save games are mostly under Users/, or the Steam folder itself. Make a backup of the entire users folder in any case you could need something later.
See this Steam How-To describing how you move your installation.
Every game that you have on Steam has its own save strategies. They could store their savegames in
The only exception are the games that supports
If games support
Some games that support
Microsoft Games For Windows Live
Also some games that use Microsoft's Games For Windows Live service could store save games online. An example is
Just copy them over.
Install Steam onto the new computer so that the directory structure is all set up then copy the data files across.
(I don't have Steam installed on this computer (I'm at work!) so I can't verify which folders you need to copy).
There is a nice tool to backup and restore your savegames and settings for Steam and some other gaming related programs: SaveGameBackup.net
List of features (copied from http://savegamebackup.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=316)
It's very simple. I transfer between two PCs all the time.
Simply copy the save files you want over to the other computer in the same directory. I usually only take my