We all love to play games, don’t we? The thrill of racing a car to shooting a bunch of men with high tech weapon, games has become one of the most important factors of our entertaining life.
The game industry is growing bigger and bigger and games are also getting equipped with high-quality graphics and bigger missions than ever. As we complete certain checkpoint, the game data gets saved automatically so next time we can resume playing where we left off.
But, there comes a time in all of our life when we have to delete these games. Maybe we have to free up some space, maybe we have to reinstall the OS, or maybe we have to format our drive. As we know, today’s games are a lot bigger than it used to be in past where we could just finish the entire game in a matter of days.
As we format our drive or delete the game, the journey we have completed in the game also gets lost with it. So, we have to reinstall the game and play the entire missions again which were previously completed in the first place.
So, how can we prevent this from happening? How can we backup our game’s journey/profile? Well, there are lots of ways to do it, here we have explained some of the most popular methods that can be of your use to back up your PC game saves.
Backup/Sync Your Game Saves on Cloud
Cloud syncing is one of the best ways to back up your game saves. If you consider Steam as your Godfather for gaming as many of us do, then you are in luck. Many of Steam games provide a facility for cloud sync. If all things go well your game should handle cloud syncing on their own.
So, when you reinstall your game on same or another PC, your game would restore your game save and you can play your game from last checkpoint onwards. But first, you would have to confirm whether a game supports Steam Cloud or not.
You can check it by opening your library and selecting “List View”, the cloud icon next to game confirms it uses Steam Cloud to sync their game saves.
Use GameSave Manager
Another way to back up your game saves is to hunt down each and every folder in which games might store their game save data, this isn’t easy. But, there is a simple way to do it – by using Software called GameSave Manager.
GameSave Manager is a freeware tool that contains a vast database of a majority of games with their game save destinations. When GameSave Manager starts, it scans your computer for installed games with their game saves and displays it in a list. The only thing you have to do is click on the Make a backup option, select the games you wish to backup and you’re done.
It backups all your game saves into a single file. When you install these games on another computer, you can restore your game saves using this file with the help of GameSave Manager.
There is also an option called Scheduled Task which will regularly backup your game saves after a certain amount of time.
There is also another great option available in GameSave Manager called Sync & Link. It lets you store your game saves in any folder you want by creating symbolic links. Now you might be wondering what is a symbolic link?
A symbolic link is nothing but an advance shortcut which tricks the game into saving all their game saves to a folder of your choice by creating a link symbolic link at the original location. This symbolic link points towards the location where the actual game saves is stored.
So, by using this feature you can store your game saves at your cloud storage folder such as – OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive. As you travel further in the game, any game save will be automatically stored in your cloud storage folder and will automatically get backed up by your cloud service provider.
Do it Manually
There are no certain protocols or rules for game save paths, game developers can choose any directory they want to save your game data. Considering this, the Software like GameSave Manager can miss a game save data for a game or two. Also, maybe you don’t want to use any third-party tool at all.
In such case, you can back up your game saves manually. But do remember there is no standard destination at which you are going to find all your game saves, different games can have a different game save destinations.
Here are some common directories at which you can find most of your game save data:
C:\Program Files\Game C:\ProgramData\Game C:\Users\UserName\Saved Games\Game C:\Users\UserName\Documents\Game C:\Users\UserName\Documents\My Games\Game C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Game C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Game C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Game C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\SteamUsername\Game
Bear in mind that this isn’t the entire list of game save destinations, there may be plenty of other destinations that we might not know of. Also, manual process to back up game saves is time-consuming and tiresome. So, we would recommend you use third party Software like – GameSave Manager.
Have any suggestions? Know any of game save destinations that are not on our list? Which method do you use to back up your game saves? Let us know in the comment section down below.