[Steam Tutorial] How to Backup and Restore Steam Game Files

This tutorial guides you to back up and restore Steam game files in two ways. You can use the Steam backup feature or file backup software to back up game files.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Steam is a video game digital distribution service supported by Valve. It is the mainstream gaming platform, and most PC game players know about Steam. It can also offer community features for users like team voice, friend lists, and groups. Millions of people find joy in Steam.

As a Steam game player, you may spend a lot of time playing games, and game files are important to you. If you don't want to lose essential files because your computer keeps crashing, or you have no idea to deal with the corrupted operating system, and your hard disk suffered physical damage, remember to back up Steam game files frequently. And when you need to replace the old hard drives, backing up game files can help you transfer data faster to the new one.

You have two options to back up & restore Steam game files, with a Steam built-in backup feature or file backup software.

Backup and Restore Game Files with Steam Backup Feature

Steam is a mature game service platform, and it is multifunctional. It offers a built-in backup feature for game players, and you can back up game files and restore files with this feature. Follow the leads to back up game files first.

Step 1. Click "Steam" in the upper left corner of the screen.

click steam 

Step 2. Choose "Backup currently installed programs" and click "Next".


Step 3. Decide the games you want to back up this time and click "Next".

choose the game you want to backup

Step 4. Choose the target destination.

choose backup destination

Step 5. Change the file name or not, and click "Next".

change file name or not

Step 6. Wait for it and click "Finish".

click finish

How to Restore with Steam Backup Feature

Now we have backed up Steam game files, and once your archives are lost, you can immediately follow these steps to restore Steam game files.

Step 1. Click "Steam", It's in the upper left corner of the screen.

click steam

Step 2. Choose "Restore a previous backup" and click "Next".

click restore previous backup

Step 3. Choose the game files you want to restore and click "Next".

choose the files backed up before

Step 4. Click "Next" to start restoring and wait to finish.

click next to start restoring

How to Backup and Restore Steam Game Files on PC with File Backup Software

The games you often play may need to back up regularly to avoid archive loss. If you can back up frequently, it is easy to restore lost Steam game files also.

Not a person with a plan? Downloading file-level backup software can help greatly, and we recommend EaseUS Todo Backup Home.

EaseUS Todo Backup is handy enough with a simple interface even if you have never used third-party backup software. It can be a useful tool to back up Steam game files, and the files usually are stored in C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steam apps/common folder. Now let us start backing up with EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 1. To start backup, click the Select backup contents.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories: File, Disk, OS, and Mail.

create file backup step2

Step 3. On the left-hand side, you'll see a list of local and network files. Selecting the files to be backed up by expanding the directory.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the instructions on the screen and pick the location where you wish to store the backup.

File backup step4

In Backup Options, click Options to encrypt the backup with a password, specify the backup schedule, and choose whether or not to start the backup at a certain event in Backup Scheme. There are a variety of customizable features available for you to explore, and you may tailor the backup operation to meet your specific requirements.

Backup options

Step 5. Backups can be stored on a local disk, in EaseUS's cloud service, or on a network attached storage device (NAS).

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup allows customers to back up data to a third-party cloud drive or the company's own cloud storage.

If you wish to back up your data to a third-party cloud drive, select Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device and enter your account information.

Backup to cloud
You may also use EaseUS's own cloud storage service. Click EaseUS Cloud, create an account using your EaseUS Account, then log in to your account.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. To begin a backup, choose Backup Now. It will appear in the shape of a card on the left-hand panel when the backup process has been successfully finished. To handle the backup job in more detail, right-click on it.

File backup step7

How to Restore Steam Files with Simple Clicks

If you set a schedule to back up game files daily, weekly or monthly, you can restore the latest data when you need a game restoring. The steps are as follows:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup, click "Browse to Recover".

Click Browse to Recover

Step 2. Guide to your backup destination, choose the backup file you want to recover. (The backup file created by EaseUS Todo Backup is a pbd file.)

Choose the backup file

Step 3. Choose the recovery location. You can recover data to a specific location or to original location.

File recovery step3

Step 4. Click "Proceed" and the recovery would start.


As a large game lover, Steam offers lots of good games, and the game files of large games are usually big, so you better back them up to large-capacity storage devices. If you have external hard drives, you can transfer steam game files from PC to PC quickly.

EaseUS Todo Backup can help back up files (including game files), disks, operating systems, and emails to devices like HDD, SSD, RAID, NAS, and USB with one click.

Backup and Restore Steam Game Files FAQs

Backing up and restoring Steam game files is not difficult. If you have more doubts, check the following questions and answers:

How do I copy Steam game files?

You can find your Steam game files in C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steam apps/common folder, and copy the game files you want.

Can you transfer game files to another computer?

Yes, you can transfer game files to another computer easily with backup software – EaseUS Todo Backup.

  1. 1. Start EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Create Backup".
  2. 2. Select "File" and choose your game files.
  3. 3. Select the target external flash drive or the cloud and click "Backup Now".
  4. 4. Now, the image game files are stored in your external flash drive or the cloud, and you can transfer them to another computer.

Can you back up Steam games onto a USB?

Sure, you can back up Steam games onto a USB quickly with backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup.

  1. 1. Start EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Create Backup".
  2. 2. Select "File" and choose your game files.
  3. 3. Select the target USB and click "Backup Now".

EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS Todo Backup is a dependable and professional data backup solution capable of backing up files, folders, drives, APP data and creating a system image. It also makes it easy to clone HDD/SSD, transfer the system to different hardware, and create bootable WinPE bootable disks.

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