How can I copy/transfer games via external hard drive?
I have successfully transferred "Killing Floor" from my brother's laptop to my own via external hard drive. The problem, now that I have all the files, is that I don't know how to launch the game through Steam. All I did was copy files from his Laptop to the hard drive, then from the hard drive to my laptop, then I put the files in the "Steamapps" folder under "Steam" in my laptops hard drive. So the question is, how do I start up the game through Steam?
there's a "create shortcut" option in your game library right clicking on the game, or just running the game from there it should go...
Steam supports backup-files. Here is a part from the Steam FAQ/How-To's:
Creating Backup Files
- Right-click the game in the Library section
- Select Backup game files...
- Check the boxes for any other games to backup at this time
- Click Next >
- Browse to the folder where you wish to create the backup files (the files will be stored in c:\program files\valve\steam\Backups by default) and click Next >
- Select the Backup file name and set the File size for the media you plan to use.
- Click Next > to begin the backup process.
- Once complete, choose Open backup folder to move or burn copies of the backup files
Restoring from Backup Files
- Install Steam and log in to the correct Steam account (see Installing Steam for further instructions)
- If the backup files were copied to a CD or DVD, the process should run automatically when the disc is inserted. If not, run steambackup.exe from the disc
- If steambackup.exe is missing, please download this copy of steambackup.exe and place it in the correct backup folder.
- Continue through the Steam windows to install the necessary games.
Alternative to the Backup Feature for Third-party Games
- Go to your \steamapps\ folder (by default, this folder is located at C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps or on 64-bit systems, C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps)
- Locate any .ncf files for the game.
- Locate this game's folder in the \common\ folder.
- Copy all of the .ncf files and the game folder to a disc or available hard drive for reinstallation
- For future installations, copy these files and folders to your new Steam installation.
- Make sure to place it back in the proper folder (\steamapps\ for .ncf files and \common\ for game folders). In addition you may also rename/delete your ClientRegistry.blob to force Steam to rescan your gamedirectory.
- Re-start Steam and you may see a small download to confirm the newly identified install.
For additional information read the complete article I linked below :)
Always backup the whole folder! Using Steam's backup feature can be a little hit and miss.
One thing you should add between number 6 and ..er.. 6, in the Alternative to the backup feature, is to delete the ClientRegistry.blob file in the Steam base folder. This will cause Steam to scan all the installed games and realize the new files are there.
All you should need to do is simply start Steam, then sign into a Steam account that owns the game. As long as it's in the Steamapps folder, Steam should see it and let you play.
Go into steams, do everything you would do to normally download the game. But it will recognize that you already have most of the files, and then download like 1MB of files you missed then you're done.