AFAIK, it just backs up the installation - at least, I wouldn't rely on it preserving your saves. Steam games (that don't use the cloud) store their saves in the same way as non-Steam games, i.e. usually somewhere in either your profile directory (like Xeio mentioned) or the game's install directory (which will be something like C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\game, except that for Valve games you have to replace common with your username).pseudoidiot wrote:Question for others with Steam. I'm about to get a new laptop and I want to make sure I keep all my saved games and such. I know some games get saved in the cloud, but for the rest if I backup the game content does that include saved game info, or is that just backing up the installation of the game so you don't have to restart it? I couldn't quite tell from the description.
Incidentally, even if you do want to back up the installations to save redownloading everything, I'd avoid Steam's built-in backup functionality. Last time I tried it, it failed completely - when I ran the executable to restore the backup, it just sat there apparently doing nothing, and I eventually realised that it was completely ignoring the backed up data and just redownloading everything from the internet instead. The method that worked for me is to just copy your steamapps directory somewhere safe, then copy it into your new Steam install once you've got it set up.