How to sync your Steam game saves without Steam Cloud


  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    Great thread turned article!
  • JBoogalooJBoogaloo This too shall pass... Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    I'm pretty sure I just fell in love with you, Ryan. Awesome, thanks!
  • Actually Spideroak gives you 6GB for free (not 2GB) if you register for their service taking certain steps (using their promotion program). If you want to know how to get 6 GB see link below
  • Hey Ryan,

    I've been working on a cloud syncing program built just for PC gamers that eliminates the step of having to search for the game save paths. Also, no need to sign up for 3rd party storage solutions.

    For beta access:

    Let me know what you think!
  • ardichokeardichoke Icrontian
    One caveat to using SpiderOak in this manner, every time a file changes it saves a new version of it. If you save a lot (or just plain change files synced to SpiderOak a lot) you will end up with a lot of historical versions of the files. I found this out when I realized I was suddenly using 1.46GB of space (over 8GB if de-duplication wasn't taken into account!). To deal with this, there's a command line option to prune historical versions, you can also use Status > Stats to figure out which files are taking up the most space. Then go to the "View" tab, navigate to the file in question, select it (which should bring up a "Historical Versions" sidebar) then select the historical versions that you no longer want and delete them. Make sure that you deselect the "remove this file from future backups" option, or it will not be backed up and synced in the future. Note, you can only remove historical versions from the computer that they were backed up on, so you might need to do this on each computer you sync to.
  • ardichokeardichoke Icrontian
    Bumping this. SpiderOak just released the beta of their version 5 client. It has added some very nice improvements.

    * It now creates a folder called "SpiderOak Hive" which acts exactly like a Dropbox folder (automatically created on install, always synced between all your devices).

    * Shell integration in Windows allows you to right click on a file or folder and select it for backup. Or, if the file is already being backed up, create a shared file link (with options to immediately copy it to the clipboard or email it) or view Previous Versions of the file. Shell integration is also planned for Mac and Linux according to the SpiderOak blog.

    Full enhancement and bugfix list, as well as download links for the beta, can be found here:

    According to the responses they've posted on that blog, it looks like the release date is set for April 23rd. They also plan on updating their Android app about a week later (FINALLY, this part is long overdue).
  • ardichokeardichoke Icrontian
    Another bump. SpiderOak 5.0.1 has been released. Seems to be noticeably more responsive than the 4.x client. The SpiderOak Hive is handy, even though it's nothing you couldn't set up manually pre-5.0. The Windows shell integration is very nice though. I highly recommend trying it out if you haven't already.
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    This is rather awesome. Thanks for bumping it.
  • ardichokeardichoke Icrontian

    For those of you who are SpiderOak users, or who might want to be SpiderOak users, they're offering a limited time deal to get unlimited storage for $125/year. This is a great price considering that the normal price is $100/year for 100GB. Details can be found on the SpiderOak Blog.

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