Steam allows you to backup some or all of your games (with complete patches and what-not) into compressed files. The option allows you to backup the files to span CDs or DVDs, but also allows for 1 gigantic file if you want.
Tried this 2 months ago and it DIDN'T WORK.
The Steam(ing pile of shit) told me I had about 6.3Gig of data to back up.
I set it to dvd sized files.
After a LONG time of compression it popped up a window that said "backup finished".
It had compressed the 6.3Gig down to 1 file 3.5Gig in size.
Fine and dandy I says and burnt it onto a DVD.
I installed my new HD, reinstalled XP and then Steam(ing pile of shit).
I then copied the backup back into the "backups" folder in my Steam(ing pile of shit) install path and ran the backup file.
It showed me a list of games backed up within the archive and I ticked them all and clicked restore.
It was working for a LONG time again and then asked for "disk 2"WHAT FRIGGIN' DISK 2???? THERE IS NO FRIGGIN DISK 2!!!!
Complete fail. Would not procede without the imaginary "disk 2".
Sent a support ticket to valve via Steam(ing pile of shit) forums and still waiting for a reply. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.......
You fanboiz can kiss Valves ass all you want.
HL2 is great
Steam(ing pile of shit) SUX