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293. Re: More on BF3 and Steam Jul 21, 2011, 12:35 Dev
Prez wrote on Jul 21, 2011, 08:20:
There's a pretty easy way to recover from a bad patch in Steam, not that I've ever experienced it. It involves archiving and requires extra storage, but external hard drives are so friggin' cheap these days it shouldn't be a problem.

Keep an archive of a working build of a game by using the back up feature you can see when you right-click on a game title in your Steam library list. Even if a patch slips in, all you have to do is this:
1) Using the right-click menu again, select 'delete local content'
2) Log off Steam and log back in into "offline mode"
3) Click on the archived .exe of the game, let Steam re-install it.
4) From the game title's right click menu again, under properties, de-select "let Steam keep this game up to date".
5) Log back in online and voila! The whole process takes about 5-10 minutes depending on the archive size and can be completed infinitely as long as you save the archived good version.

Personally I archive every game in my library (3 tetrabytes and counting!! ) because I hate waiting to re-download games, not to mention I'm on Comcast and have a 250 GB a month limit. 15GB game downloads will get you there in a hurry.
Huh, interesting. I hadn't thought about doing it that way.

Yeah, you can pick up 2 TB hdds nowadays for like $60. Slap a USB case on them and they become external.
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