We all love to play games, don’t we? From the thrill of racing a car to shooting many men with a high-tech weapon, games have become one of the most essential factors in our entertainment life.
The game industry is growing bigger and bigger, and games are also getting equipped with high-quality graphics and more essential missions than ever. As we complete a specific 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, perhaps we have to reinstall the OS, or perhaps we have to format our drive. Today’s games are a lot bigger than they used to be in the 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 mission again, which was previously conducted in the first place.
So, how can we prevent this from happening? How can we back up 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 you can 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 your Godfather for gaming, you are in luck, as many of us do. Many Steam games provide a facility for cloud sync. If all things go well, your game should handle cloud syncing independently.
So, when you reinstall your game on the same or another PC, your game will restore your game save, and you can play your game from the 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 the game confirms it uses Steam Cloud to sync its 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 GameSave Manager software.
GameSave Manager is a freeware tool that contains a vast database of most games with their game save destinations. When GameSave Manager starts, it scans your computer for installed games with their game saves and displays them 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.
Another great option available in GameSave Manager is Sync & Link. It lets you store your game saves in any folder you want by creating symbolic links. Now you might be wondering what a symbolic link is?
A symbolic link is nothing but an advanced shortcut that 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 extended link points toward where the actual match saves are stored.
So, by using this feature, you can store your game saves in your cloud storage folder such as – OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive. As you travel further in the game, any game saves 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 specific protocols or rules for game save paths; game developers can choose any directory they want to save your game data. Considering this, 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.
In such a case, you can back up your game saves manually. But remember, there is no standard destination where you will find all your game saves; different games can have other games save destinations.
Here are some standard 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
Remember that this isn’t the list of game save destinations; there may be plenty of other goals that we might not know of. Also, the manual process of backing up game saves is time-consuming and tiresome. So, we recommend you use third-party Software like – GameSave Manager.
Have any suggestions? Know any 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.