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Backing Up MMORPGs for Moving or Reformatting

Backing up MMORPG's can be a lengthy process as they can get quite large. Knowing the best way to handle this is important if you want to save hours or days when you have to do it. There are many reasons why someone may need to reinstall a MMORPG. It could be because they upgraded their old PC and need to do a reformat, it could be to help get it on a new computer they are using (or a new laptop), etc. It could even be because the last install got corrupted while patching or due to a game crash. The possibilities are endless, but there is one thing they all have in common: installing a MMORPG takes a lot of time in itself, and adding in the patching time (as well as the bandwidth usage, for those who have low caps on their monthly usage) can cause a lot of complications. Luckily, this really is not needed, at least for any of the games I have tried (and I have played the majority of them out there, so I do not think there should be many games this method does not work on).

To get your games backed up is pretty simple. What I suggest doing is using an external drive that you should already have for backing up your important files (one you plug in when you are backing up or restoring files, but otherwise have unplugged and set aside to ensure that it does not get corrupted or anything in case you get a computer virus). In this drive, I create a new folder, say “Games.”

Now, where your games are installed will really depend on the game. The best way to figure out where this is is to right click on the icon and look at its properties. This will tell you the installation folder that the executable file is inside. Use explorer to find this folder and go to the root (for example, if you are dealing with Lineage II it would be something like /ncsoft/lineageii, so you would take the entire ncsoft folder) and copy it to your external drive. Some games are within the program files, others are in the personal documents, and more are in hidden folders. Through the properties, though, you can find them pretty easily.

In some cases, the game will be split up from its settings (some games store the settings on the server and others do it locally). Generally, though, this is not a problem at all and you can skip over looking for them. In the cases where settings are stored locally, they are pretty easy to set up and therefore you would spend more time trying to back up and restore them than you would just moving on.

It is also worth noting that if you are doing incremental backups (or just backing up the entire game) you will need to do so often. Each time a game goes through an update, it should be backed up (after you have confirmed that the installation has not been soured by said update) so that you do not have to go through the updates again later. After all, that is the reason why you are backing it up in the first place, right?

Using this method you should have no issues with getting your games backed up, but back them up often. You also will not need to reinstall them on any other computer; simply copy the folder you saved to any location on the other computer and “send” the executable within the folder to the desktop. When you are looking for the executable, you generally want to go for the patcher, as that is what most MMO's use for their launcher. Once this is done, you are good to go!

As an alternative to copying the folders to another computer, you can also run the games straight off your backup drive if you would like to do that. In situations where I was using more than one computer to play a game (like using the desktop and laptop) I would run everything off the external drive. This allowed seamless “installs” and patching between the two systems, and I would just keep the external drive wherever I was to ensure I always had all the files I needed at my finger tips. Get creative with it and see what works best for you!

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