How to: Copy DotA 2 folder to another PC

Monday, May 13, 2013
Are you having trouble transferring all the DotA 2 files from one PC to another? Follow these few simple steps to run DotA 2 in another computer.

- Copy the "dota 2 beta" folder from "C:\\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common". If you are using Microsoft Windows 64-bit OS, the files may be found here "C:\\Program Files(x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common". If it's installed in another partition of the hard driver, try searching for this location "(Local Disk Letter):\\Steam\SteamApps\common".

- Download and install Steam HERE. After installing, go to "Steam\SteamApps\" and you will see there is no "common" folder. You may create a new one or do this simple trick; Run Steam application and install any game you want. You will see the game starts downloading from your Library. Right click on it and Pause Download, then right click again and delete local contents. Go back to "Steam\SteamApps\" folder and "common" folder should be already there.

- Exit Steam application and paste the "dota 2 beta" folder to "Steam\SteamApps\common\". Run Steam application again and click Library. You will see DotA 2 is not installed in your machine. (If you haven't seen Dota 2 in there, ask one of your friends to send you an invite.) Right click DotA 2 and click install. Let Steam discover all the files from your hard drive. And DONE! You can now play DotA 2 with your friends.

UPDATE: DOTA 2 has finally launched after a two year beta with Abaddon, also known as Lord of Avernus, included in its recent update. Since the game has officially released, the following steps above probably won't work due to the changes in the game itself and the update from Steam. But this another tweak may help you to move your DOTA 2 files to another computer.

- Open Steam application. Click Steam > Backup and Restore Games.
- Select the game you want to backup.
- Select a location/directory where you want to save your backup files and click continue.
- Wait until it completely back up your files.

- On the other computer, launched Steam application (download/install if it doesn't have). Click Steam > Backup and Restore Games. Then click "Restore a previous backup." Select a location and wait until the process is complete. Hope this will help.


Quinell Struthers at: July 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM said...

I have tried the exact steps you described but to no avail. Dota still wants to do a full download. I was wondering if you maby know of any known issues regarding why this would'nt necessarily work?
Thank you

zer1394 at: July 30, 2013 at 2:59 AM said...

its working. i used the 1st method i copied dota2 to "C:\\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common" and launch steam, clicked install and let the steam discover the existing dota2 files.

thanks a lot for the guide bro :) cheers! (^^)-v

elementmirrage at: August 8, 2013 at 12:29 AM said...

what did you use to copy dota 2 ? can a Flash Drive 4GB can do the job ? :D

Vynz at: September 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM said...

it works tq very much !!

michelle gazada at: October 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM said...

If you play dota while you are still noob or newbies nad need to more practice, the best you can do is try playing support. It may be the carries that do tons of damage lategame, but it's the heroes that let them get that farmed that really make the difference. You can improve your support by learning how to ward effectively and warding often, playing support heroes with items like mekansm and guinsoos, and focusing on letting your teammates farm. Remember, don't keep feed to your opponent which give him free to kill you.

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Goku jr at: October 22, 2013 at 5:26 AM said...

dota 2 after being discovered still updating .
i mean what the fudge

Michael Jason Beringuel at: November 11, 2013 at 7:23 AM said...

can it be used in the new updated dota 2 this days?

mark escudero at: November 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM said...

theres a new patch of dota 2. it will automatically patch

Echo Phyber at: February 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM said...

do we need to update the game after restoring it ?

thogz11 at: February 24, 2014 at 1:34 AM said...

Yes. It is required to update the game. Usual update size is Megabytes(MB), but if it gives you Gigabytes(GB) e.g. 5-8GB, it's not an update, you're downloading the whole game.@Echo Phyber

Allen Rey Enerlan at: May 11, 2014 at 1:20 AM said...

Is there really a "common" folder that'll automatically create when cancelling the download on steam? why there's none in my steamapps folder? please help

Bryant Arsena at: May 19, 2014 at 8:12 AM said...

I did what your instructions told me, but after steam discovered existing files in my hardrive, it still needs full download. Can u help me with this?

Hor Chan Yee at: May 31, 2014 at 5:31 AM said...

yes I did all the instructions, but it still wants me to download 5.4GB file. I have no idea what to do

John Rowie De Guzman at: August 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM said...

it works!:) thanks!:)

necodemus wacnag at: September 24, 2014 at 4:37 AM said...

i did the first method and the steam discover the files but still wants me to download 6gb how come ? Please help :(

Just A BrokenHearted Man at: October 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM said...

I had this 11gb files of dota backup, when I restored the backup on another computer, it downloaded another 2gb.. i think it was because of the updates they were having before the version I had on backup.. so it downloaded the updates to the current version.. cmiiw.. the second method is the best I think..

ej candelaria at: November 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM said...

can my flash drive copy the dota2 files even it is only 8 gb?

rohan nadkarni at: February 28, 2015 at 10:12 PM said...

Worked for me though i still had 2 download 2.6 GB. But it saved time.... so yaaay

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