Upgrade Your Steam Deck SSD Without Losing Data

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Steam Deck SSD Backup and Restore Guide

In this guide, I will show you how to upgrade your Steam Deck’s internal storage without losing any data. This method will also work if you want to take your data from a regular Steam Deck to one of the OLED models. This is also a great option if you need to back up your data before sending your Deck off for repair or any potential RMA. There’s no need for an NVMe enclosure as all data is backed up to an external drive.

Before you start with this guide, it may be worth asking yourself do you really need an exact copy of ALL of your data? If it’s just Steam games you have installed on your deck, you may prefer to start with a fresh install of Steam OS and redownload your games and cloud saves. Steam Cloud is excellent and almost all Steam games support it.

This guide will result in a 1:1 copy of all your data, retaining all profiles, games, saves and additional settings such as Emudeck configurations and save files.