Why should I back up my files?
This article outlines the procedure for Backing up game data and custom content, and restoring backed up files. All credits to Bairy for the original article.
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Before you make any changes or repairs to your computer, or install a new expansion pack you should back up your game files so that your sims will not be lost. It is also a good idea to back up these files periodically in case something goes wrong, or in case you want to test new hacks or transfer the files to a different computer.
The data and programming which form the core of the game are kept in C:\ Program Files\ EA Games by default, and normally are never modified. The only time these would be changed are if you wished to make configuration changes relevant to a hack or mod.
The User data files and savegames are kept in (C:\ Documents and settings\ Login Name\) My Documents\ EA Games\ The Sims 2 and are changed as you play the game. Your screenshots, neighbourhoods and downloads are all kept here, and it is this information we are interested in backing up.
If you need to restore a backup or transfer the files to another computer, you need to copy the files back to (C:\ Documents and settings\ Login Name\) My Documents\ EA Games\ The Sims 2.
The following pages explain the procedure for doing this in detail.
Keywords: restore, backup, save, game, file
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