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elgregor Dec 18, 2012 @ 12:15pm
[Solved] Copying files from TF2 Beta to regular TF2
When I entered the Steam beta, there was Team Fortress Beta added to my game list. I played the tutorials, but there seems to be very few people playing on multi. Now I want to download regular TF2, but it's another 10GB. Can I create a folder for TF2 and copy over some files from TF2 Beta to it in order to lessen the download size?

I'm sure they share at least some of the assets. In order to achieve good UX Steam should be able to detect shared data and download it (and store it on the disk) only once.

TL;DR: It looks like it cannot be done.
Last edited by elgregor; Dec 27, 2012 @ 5:51am
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directhex Dec 19, 2012 @ 6:50pm 
They don't share assets.

TF2 Beta uses these files for assets:

team fortress 2 beta content2.gcf
team fortress 2 beta content3.gcf
team fortress 2 beta content.gcf
team fortress 2 beta engine.gcf
team fortress 2 beta linux bin.gcf
team fortress 2 beta materials.gcf

TF2 uses these files for assets:

Multiplayer OB Linux Binaries.gcf
Source 2007 Shared Materials.gcf
Source 2007 Shared Models.gcf
Source 2007 Shared Sounds.gcf
SourceInit.gcf
Source Materials.gcf
Source Models.gcf
Source Sounds.gcf
Team Fortress 2 Client Content.gcf
Team Fortress 2 Content.gcf
Team Fortress 2 Linux.gcf
Team Fortress 2 Materials.gcf

None of the files are common between both products. Possibly the contents of the gcf files may be common in many cases, but this is an edge case to implement
Michael Dec 19, 2012 @ 7:00pm 
Originally posted by elgregor:
When I entered the Steam beta, there was Team Fortress Beta added to my game list. I played the tutorials, but there seems to be very few people playing on multi. Now I want to download regular TF2, but it's another 10GB. Can I create a folder for TF2 and copy over some files from TF2 Beta to it in order to lessen the download size?

I'm sure they share at least some of the assets. In order to achieve good UX Steam should be able to detect shared data and download it (and store it on the disk) only once.

This has come up before.

There can't be that much shared (TF2 is a 12gb download or something like that isn't it? The beta version is around 4gb isn't it? (at least if I start the beta download that's how much it tells me, if you downloaded more than that presumably it already does share some of the TF2 stuff)

But that suggests if you've only downloaded the beta there must be a significant amount to download.

If you've got a windows install you can probably copy the files across (there's a thread on that too. The case of the filenames is different - although some have said that TF2 disregards the case differences, it's simple enough to copy the files whilst changing the case.
elgregor Dec 27, 2012 @ 5:50am 
I downloaded files on my laptop (I have slow Internet connection on my desktop PC), copied them to external HDD and symlinked them. Even changing case of filenames wasn't necessary.

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Date Posted: Dec 18, 2012 @ 12:15pm
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