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Post by Chosen1 on 12th March 2008, 10:15 am

I am going to format my drive and reinstall XP . I have armed myself with all the back-up tools I need, and after buying a large external hard drive Iíve also used a drive-imaging tool to take an image of the hard drive in case I forget something. Iíve managed to sniff out tools that cover just about every base, but one thing Iíd like to port over with my backups are my saved games, as I donít particularly want to have start them again from scratch! What advice would you offer on locating where these files are kept?

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Post by Doctor Inferno on 12th March 2008, 2:26 pm

Itís sometimes difficult to find game files, and itís easy to forget to back them up before reinstalling Windows Ė a bit like your Office settings and preferences. To rescue the latter, run the Office Save My Settings Wizard Ė itís built into Office XP and 2003; Office 2000 users can download it through

Itís a good idea to make a drive image of your system Ė tools like Norton Ghost 9.0 enable you to Ďmountí your images as if they were actual drives, so if you forget to port across a file you can grab it from the drive image. You can retrieve forgotten Registry settings with a program called Resplendent Registrar (, which we covered in issue 144. We recommend that you copy your Registry files from the drive image to a folder on your hard drive before opening them with Resplendent Registrar.

All of this is quite fiddly so prepare yourself as best as possible by backing up what you can before you reformat. In the case of saved game files, weíve compiled this flowchart to help you track down the files you need.

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