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I would like to backup my installation of FSX. I know FSX spreads some files around the hard drive. What folders should I copy to the backup drive?

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Safest (and easier) to do a full system backup using e.g. Acronis. Backing up individual folders/directories usually misses out something you weren't aware of, especially if you have addons (and who doesn't).

 

Acronis allows you to do a full system restore or recover individual files. I swear by it.

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I agree. Other than being able to restore textures or aircraft a backup of the FSX folder isn't really helpful. I've used Acronis for years and swear by it. Acronis has saved my bacon many times. Try it, you'll like it.....

 

Doug

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On 64bit Win Vista o/s and above.

 

Folders:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X"

"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX"

"C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\FSX"

"C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX"

"C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Flight Simulator X Files"

"C:\Users\<user>\Pictures\Flight Simulator X Files"

 

Registry key:

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\microsoft games\flight simulator\10.0"

 

...simconnect modules installed in:

"C:\Windows\WinSxS"

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But, what about the Registry entries for the add-ons? Having to reinstall the add-ons is, for many of us, far more onerous than reinstalling FSX. I know of no way to get around that problem.

 

Doug

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But, what about the Registry entries for the add-ons? Having to reinstall the add-ons is, for many of us, far more onerous than reinstalling FSX. I know of no way to get around that problem.

 

Doug

 

Doug,

 

If you have FSX installed on the same drive as the OS then a disk image takes care of the lot.

 

If you have FSX on a separate SSD as I do then the Registry entries are unaffected.

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Good point Ray. I just assumed that the OS and FSX were on the same drive. Thanks for the link to Aomei. New to me and I'll try it.

 

Doug

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Aomei is really nice software. Using the Explore Image option you can temporarily mount an image backup and restore individual files without needing to go through the Restore option. Then when you've done just Detach it and job done. It recognises NAS boxes too.

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The real problem comes when an addon changes something in FSX you're not aware of. If you only back up and restore the "FSX" folders you can come unstuck. I have ! 

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I've just downloaded and installed the free version of Aomei and am a bit confused.  Which option do I select to backup my entire system so that if my hard drive would fail I can simply copy the files back into the new hard drive without losing and FSX add-ons, etc.?  Do I clone the disk to my external hard drive?  Will that allow me to transfer the files back onto a new drive if my current one fails?

 

Thanks,

 

John

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Knowing what to do to restore FSX at any time is a problem. I make image backups all the time and take them at important stages, like before installing something complicated.

 

After a clean install of FSX I always make a copy of the four main folders.

 

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X"

"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\FSX"

"C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\FSX"

"C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\FSX"

 

Later when some scenery or other changes something, I can compare file dates and restore some part of FSX back to defaults if need be. Generally I've only needed to do this.

 

As I collect addons I make sure I've got the original files stored safe and keys of the addons in a document. I also take a recent backup and keep it offsite.

 

We can observe the addon scenery folders by checking the scenery.cfg which points to those folders. If we moved planes from the FSX folder we know where they are, remembering that there may also be gauges installed too.

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As well as taking regular backups, the other thing you need to do is keep meticulous records of what changes you make to your  setup and when. That way you have some idea of what change introduced the problem you are seeing and what version you need to go back to for stability.

 

This is probably the most difficult part - it requires some discipline !

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I've just downloaded and installed the free version of Aomei and am a bit confused.  Which option do I select to backup my entire system so that if my hard drive would fail I can simply copy the files back into the new hard drive without losing and FSX add-ons, etc.?  Do I clone the disk to my external hard drive?  Will that allow me to transfer the files back onto a new drive if my current one fails?

 

Thanks,

 

John

 

John.

 

Choose Backup - Disk Backup. That takes a mirror image of your hard drive including hidden partitions. Then choose an external hard drive as where to backup to.

 

This option also allows you to mount a backup and restore individual files if you wish. I've used that a few times. But its main purpose is to recreate what was on your original drive to a replacement following a failure or replacement of the existing disk.

 

Before you do this I suggest you choose Create Bootable Media from the Utilities menu. That will create a bootable USB stick or CD with the Aomei interface so you can use it to restore from a backup.

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