I got a game in Steam, and because my computer was a little slow in terms of graphics, I bought a new top specked iMac to play the game. I took a backup of the old game and brought it over to the new computer, but should I not have installed the game on the new one first?

I am unable to move the game I have played (I have played for 24 hours) on the old computer, and when I start on the new one I am back to the start of the game.

How can I continue from the old game save?

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    I would say it is game specific.
    – Communisty
    Jun 14, 2018 at 7:23
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    Assuming you are using the same Steam account and own the game, first install the game. Then follow @VladislavToncharov's instructions to find the save file location of the game, if it even has one. Without knowing which game you are working with we cannot help you any further.
    – rivermont
    Jun 14, 2018 at 13:01
  • Game saves are generally not kept with the game files, they are usually in your user account folder, or documents folder etc
    – Robotnik
    Jun 14, 2018 at 13:24
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    There's also the ability to sync your save files to steamcloud for games that support that. Jun 14, 2018 at 16:27

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This process is very, very game-specific, as @Communisty mentioned in the comment section. There are a lot guides on moving and creating backups of game savefiles. The best way to get started is to search <game name> save location and copy saves from that location on your old Mac and then paste to that location on the new one.


you could just copy the entire game over, all the files included. and steam has an "add game" functionality which allows you to add any shortcut/application to steam in case steam does not register the game after you've copied it over

  • This would not work with many games. It may do the trick for Starbound, but most games store save files separately.
    – Kotauskas
    Jun 15, 2018 at 13:28
  • huh, oh okek, worked for KSP I dunno what he's transferring tho
    – Devan S.
    Jun 17, 2018 at 13:46

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