After the card died, I formatted my machine to be sure that everything was clean, and to rule out any other issues. Thus, I had to redownload the entire patch over again, which took days for me due to my internet being snarky lately. Since I had patched before the card's death, all the changes had been implemented into my chars, so I couldn't play until the thing was done, a week, yes, a week later.
So my question is, is there a way to back up the game, and/or its patches, so that they can be replaced onto my hard disk in the proper location, so that I don't have to undergo that painful process again? I format 1-2 times a year, so it would be really nice to be able to back the game up somehow. I do have the discs from WoW on through WotLK(because having them on a physical medium is really nice), and will be getting Cataclysm CE in December.
Thanks in advance!