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How to back up Steam save data?


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#1 CaveStoryKing64

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 07:51 PM

So I want to backup some Steam games' save data. I do not care about the game itself, just the save data. If I have to back up the game with it, that is fine. Thanks!



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 08:38 PM

Most of the time the game's save data is located in your Documents folder. If not there it could be in the hidden AppData folder.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 12:36 PM

It varies A LOT.

 

Steam save files can be anywhere, as it is up to developers to decide on the location. Unfortunately, Windows has multiple locations in which saved files can exist. Here is an excerpt I got from the Steam forum.

 

[DOCUMENTS] -- The default location for the "My Documents" shell folder/library

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\My Documents\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\
 
[APPDATA] -- The default location for standard application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\
 
[LOCAL] -- The default location for system-specific application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Local Settings\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\
 
[PUBLICDATA] -- The default location for cross-user application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and settings\All Users\Application Data\
Windows Vista: C:\ProgramData\
 
[PUBLIC] -- The default location for cross-user system settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\Public\
 
[SAVEDGAMES] -- The Windows Vista default Saved Games folder
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[DOCUMENTS]\Saved Games\

 

Note that the Windows Vista location also applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10. Saved files can also be elsewhere, wherever the developer decided to put them. Here is an example:

 

Assassin's Creed™: Director's Cut Edition (2008)

[APPDATA]\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed\
[PUBLICDATA]\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed\

 

 

That's just an example for Assassin's Creed. Now you know why SteamCloud is such a useful feature.


Edited by Gorbulan, 31 January 2017 - 12:36 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 11:42 AM

It varies A LOT.

 

Steam save files can be anywhere, as it is up to developers to decide on the location. Unfortunately, Windows has multiple locations in which saved files can exist. Here is an excerpt I got from the Steam forum.

 

[DOCUMENTS] -- The default location for the "My Documents" shell folder/library

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\My Documents\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\
 
[APPDATA] -- The default location for standard application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\
 
[LOCAL] -- The default location for system-specific application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Local Settings\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\
 
[PUBLICDATA] -- The default location for cross-user application settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and settings\All Users\Application Data\
Windows Vista: C:\ProgramData\
 
[PUBLIC] -- The default location for cross-user system settings
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
Windows Vista: C:\Users\Public\
 
[SAVEDGAMES] -- The Windows Vista default Saved Games folder
Windows Vista: C:\Users\[DOCUMENTS]\Saved Games\

 

Note that the Windows Vista location also applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10. Saved files can also be elsewhere, wherever the developer decided to put them. Here is an example:

 

Assassin's Creed™: Director's Cut Edition (2008)

[APPDATA]\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed\
[PUBLICDATA]\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed\

 

 

That's just an example for Assassin's Creed. Now you know why SteamCloud is such a useful feature.

thnx, dude. you r awesome



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Posted 02 February 2017 - 12:58 PM

You're welcome. Good luck! Game saves are why I have to copy my entire Users folder every time I perform a backup. Annoying! If only somebody could make an OS that does this stuff properly...






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