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How to back up your game
« on: July 04, 2017, 01:51:59 PM »
I have a batch program for all my games that I use to back them up.  This works on any game and it's super easy to set up. I wrote this years ago and I still use it.
If you do something stupid in the game, or something goes horribly wrong, you can always load the last save.

First there's my batch command file:

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For /f "tokens=2-4 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do (set mydate=%%c-%%a-%%b)
For /f "tokens=1-3 delims=/:/ " %%a in ('time /t') do (set mytime=%%a-%%b-%%c)
set mytime=%mytime: =%
rem echo %mydate%_%mytime%

XCopy %1 %2_%mydate%_%mytime% /E/H/I

I made a text file and renamed it to BackupSaveFile.bat and I placed the code above into it. Then I copied the bat file to the Roaming folder just outside of the Avorion folder.

Next I created a shortcut on my desktop to call this this bat file.

Set it up like this:
Target: C:\Users\Gary\AppData\Roaming\BackupSaveFile.bat "C:\Users\Gary\AppData\Roaming\Avorion\*.*" "D:\Avorion\Saved Games\SaveGame"

Start in: C:\Users\Gary\AppData\Roaming

The target calls BackupSaveFile.bat and passes it 2 parameters; (1) where to find the game files, and (2) where to copy them to.

In my case "C:\Users\Gary\AppData\Roaming\Avorion\*.*" is the game location. (Don't forget the quotes).

And I have a folder on my D drive, but you can make one anywhere.  I called mine SaveGame, and I placed it in a folder called Avorion on my D drive.

You can also make a folder in your My Documents called Avorion Saves, and use that.  Don't forget to change the path in the shortcut.

What this does is make a bunch of files appended with time date so you can go back to any point.


These are not zipped, so if you need to, you can copy the last save over the current one and all is good.
I can use this for all my games and all I need is a separate shortcut for each game.

I hope this helps someone.


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Re: How to back up your game
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 02:54:39 PM »
This is great, thanks!

I had to do some slight modifications to make it work with my locale (24h clock and DD.MM.YYYY date format):

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For /f "tokens=1-3 delims=. " %%a in ('date /t') do (set mydate=%%c-%%b-%%a)
For /f "tokens=1-2 delims=/:/ " %%a in ('time /t') do (set mytime=%%a-%%b)
set mytime=%mytime: =%
rem echo %mydate%--%mytime%

XCopy %1 %2%mydate%--%mytime% /E/H/I