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Old 10-25-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Steamapps Restore Question

If someone only copied each individual gamefolder from the steamapps folder but not the entire steamapps folder itself, how would they go about restoring these games on a fresh install of steam? I've put each game folder into the steamapps folder but steam doesn't detect them and is making me redownload them. The funny thing is, I can actually run left4dead.exe from the gamefolder while steam is running and it works for awhile but then kicks me out saying it can't authenticate me or whatever because its still not listed as being installed on my games tab.

Obviously I'm missing some files somewhere that were in the steamapps folder outside of the specific game folders. Can anyone help? It seems wasteful to redownload 5-8GB's per game when I have the majority of the data. (besides the fact that I'm nearing my ISP's bandwidth limit for the month)..

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Old 10-25-2009, 05:34 PM   #2
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You need the GCF and NCF files in the Steamapps folder itself.
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:38 PM   #3
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You need the GCF and NCF files in the Steamapps folder itself.
Are these files very large? If they are I guess I'm stuck redownloading the entire game unless someone can send them to me. It's too bad you can't tell steam to validate a game that isn't installed so it can tell you what files that are remaining for the game to be complete.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
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GCFs are huge, NCFs are not.

What games are these in particular?
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:11 PM   #5
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Borderlands preload and left 4 dead 2 preload but I decided to just let steam redownload them. Gonna be stuck with some charges on my ISP's next bill
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