If you remember last week, I went over how to use GameSave Manager to backup your game files and any software you might use with gaming. Now say some of your files have been corrupted or you had to format your hard-drive – something has happened that made you lose your precious game files. As long as you’ve been regularly backing up your files with GameSave Manager to your cloud storage of choice, you should have no worries about jumping right back into your games where you left off. Not to mention how easy the whole restore process is.
Step 1:¬†Launch GameSave Manager
You should already have GameSave Manager¬†installed or available to run somewhere on your computer. Run it, wait for it to go through the official database and then you’ll be at the main menu again. On the right side, click “Open Archive(s).” You’ll be prompted to find the file(s) you want restored. If you want to select multiple files from whatever folder you have them stored in, CTRL + Left click the files you want to bring up. GameSave Manager will scan the backup files for any errors. Just like when backing up, any files that come up with errors or warnings will have icons pop up next to them on the left hand side. And just like with the backup system, this supports the game-related software you backed up.
Step 2: Choose your files
Once GameSave Manager has scanned all the files, you can select the ones you wish to be restored. The selection process is useful in case one or more of the files you originally chose came up with errors or warnings. You definitely don’t want to overwrite any save files with corrupted files. If there are more files you want to add at this point to be restored, you can click on the folder icon with the check mark in the upper right to select more game files.
Step 3: Restore
Once you’re ready, click the small blue file icon in the upper right to start restoring. The window will then change to a list of the files as it goes through and restores them to their proper places. I selected about 20 game files and the process only took a few seconds to complete. Once it’s done, it lets you know of any errors that occurred, though as long as you’ve saved your backups securely and kept them up-to-date, then it shouldn’t be a problem.¬†Make sure you save your backups to easily-accessible¬†cloud storage. That way when the time comes where you need to restore your files, it won’t matter what has happened to the original files. Utilizing the auto-backup feature I mentioned last week is also a good way to ensure successful restore attempts as your back up files will match the most recent version of GameSave Manager you’re using and of course the most recent progress you’ve made in your games.
Next time I’ll be writing about some of the more advanced options available with GameSave Manager, like Sync & Link and Steam Spreader, allowing you to use symbolic links to¬†move your files around.