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I would like to make a backup of my existing FSX installation,  My FSX installation and all related scenery and third party programs reside on my drive designated as "F".  

 

Does anyone who has made a backup of their FSX have an inventory of those files that were included in their backup scheme including those files installed on the "C" drive by default?

 

thanks

 

Dom

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Far safer to take a full disk image backup using something like Acronis or similar. Otherwise most likely you will miss something.

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Me too, Acronis full image, usually every night before I make any changes, and after changes are made and confirmed working ok.

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Thanks for the responses.  I also use Acronis.

 

When you perform your backups, do you image your entire "C" drive also assuming your FSX installation is on a drive other than "C"?.

 

Are there particular files you specifiy?

 

Dom

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In my case I have everything on the same drive, so yes, full image backup of C:

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In my case I have everything on the same drive, so yes, full image backup of C:

Me too. I guess if I used multiple drives I would image them all.

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Yes, don't think that should make a difference.

 

I made a blunder three years ago, when getting back into FS after few years. Should have splitted Windows and FSX on two different drives.

 

I now would like to roll back everything on two different SSD's but having it all on one drive makes it difficult. Heading for a totally new build and reinstall me thinks :)

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Acronis is good, but some people like to do FSX backups manually. Just to answer the original question, these are all the folders you need to backup:

 

-Main FSX folder

 

-C/User/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/FSX

 

-C/User/AppData/Local/Microsoft/FSX (just shaders here but worth backing up anyway)

 

-C/User/MyDocuments/FlightSimulatorXFiles

 

-C/ProgramData/Microsoft/FSX

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You can still restore single files and directories from an Acronis image.

 

The problem with manual backups is that the restoring after an unfortunate incident has an ugly tendency to go pearshaped pretty fast.

 

If you really need to restore, a full image restore is much safer.

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Which Acronis product do you buy for Windows platforms? The True Image 2014 one?

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Which Acronis product do you buy for Windows platforms? The True Image 2014 one?

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Thanks to all but a special thank you to "BeachPapa" for precisely answering my original question.

 

Dom

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I'll echo Acronis and a full image back up. I have my fsx drive backed up to a nas in raid 1 configuration and the nas backed up to another external drive. After having to reinstall fsx from scratch a few times, I don't want to do it again.

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Don't forget that, as  well as the files that BeechPapa listed (good to know), if you have other complex add-ons such as PMDG stuff, there may be other files installed and/or registry changes that may not be captured by those file locations.  I would say to back up all of C: (assuming your OS is on C:) plus any other drive that you have your FSX root on.

 

Good thread, Bruce.

 

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Not necessary to pay a dime for quality disk imaging software.

 

DriveImage XML does a great job for free and also supports restoration of just individual files/folders if desired.

 

It has saved my bacon several times.

 

www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

 

John

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