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Lost ALL my Addons:-(

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I can't believe what I've done!!

As some of you know, I've had a few health issues, and as a result,  my head is not exactly 'on track'. Well, it seems things are even worse than I thought...

I've managed to PERMANENTLY destroy almost 20 years worth of flightsim software!  ALL my downloaded payware addons have been not just deleted, but overwritten with other backup data! Including all the corresponding text files containing the serials, recepts and passwords etc.

I'll not bore you all with exactly how. Just know that I had my head up my ***** while thinking I knew what I was doing.

Every single payware addon I've purchased since buying FS2002. Plus 5 different FS platforms. Hundreds and hundreds:-/ Ho, hum.....

Looks like I'm going to be downloading stuff for the next month.

Bah effin humbug I say!!!!!!!!

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Oh man that's terrible. My stomach turns thinking about it.

 

I recently dropped an internal HD and destroyed 17 years of professional vfx and animation work that I use to cut my demo reels. It's my entire work history. Ouch.

 

Although, I think I'd be even more heartbroken if I lost my addon backups lol.

 

On the bright side, you will end up having up-to-date installers for everything.

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I know your pain Phil, did the same thing a few years ago when I destroyed a backup of all my addons.  I looked upon it as a message and realized that I would be downloading updated versions of my original downloads, not a bad thing is it?  Hang in there, the power is in your hands now, you can decide truly what you really want to keep.

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I can't believe what I've done!!

As some of you know, I've had a few health issues, and as a result,  my head is not exactly 'on track'. Well, it seems things are even worse than I thought...

I've managed to PERMANENTLY destroy almost 20 years worth of flightsim software!  ALL my downloaded payware addons have been not just deleted, but overwritten with other backup data! Including all the corresponding text files containing the serials, recepts and passwords etc.

I'll not bore you all with exactly how. Just know that I had my head up my ***** while thinking I knew what I was doing.

Every single payware addon I've purchased since buying FS2002. Plus 5 different FS platforms. Hundreds and hundreds:-/ Ho, hum.....

Looks like I'm going to be downloading stuff for the next month.

Bah effin humbug I say!!!!!!!!

 

 

Been there done that, Phil. I'm thankful for cloud repositories; all my important data is saved there now. I'm sure you'll be able to download all the current software from the distributors; thankfully, SIMMARKET doesn't place a moratorium on downloads. PC Aviator you simply have to email. When possible, I always try to buy from those brokers for just that reason. Good luck with recovering all your relevant files; more importantly, I hope you feel better soon!

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My biggest problem will be trying to remember everything I had.

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Since I started again a few months back I save every email I get from purchases so I will know what I have should something happen.  Although it is a massive pain to redownload everything!  I would lose my mind if I lost it all.  What a pain to try to remember what I had and reach out to support for serials!

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Dougal,

 

why simply not start from a clean install of a new sim ?

 

X-Plane 11 is about to be released, comes with a few interesting features and default aircraft, and is one of the civil flightsims of the future at the moment.

 

It is extremelly easy to install ( and in my case uninstall too :-) ) and no fuss with registry when installing, the sim and most of the add-ons, even payware, with just a few exceptions.

 

Graphically this new version shows a lot of potential.

 

I suppose a medium rig will suffice to run it.  XP10 ran ok in my i5 2500 from early 2011...

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I have (had) X-plane 10 and, were it not for the crazy mouse control, I'd love it.

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Lesson learned: backup your stuff on regular intervalls.

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Sorry to hear Phil. I am a stickler for backing up my hoard as well. We can make our own fool proof systems but one slip up and this can happen. I feel your pain

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My biggest problem will be trying to remember everything I had.

Why would you have to remember? Can't you just login to every store you purchased from and see your purchase history..? Plus you probably got email from each store/purchase.

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Ouch.  I feel for you.    I cannot stress enough how important it is to at least back up all those receipts if you guys aren't doing so already.   I have all my purchases from various sim stores stored in a Flight Sim e-mail folder and that folder is backed up in the cloud so if I ever wipe out my universe I can at least redownload all the software from various locations and I have all the keys to the toys. 

 

I shall light a candle for you and your loss.

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Yep, me too.  It's a nice t-shirt though...

 

I switched over to Macrium Reflect a few years ago (free for home use) and recently said to heck with the images, I just run a clone every few days, that way if I mess up anything while testing software (I try not to let it happen, but it can) I just reboot to the cloned drive and off I go...

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My biggest problem will be trying to remember everything I had

 

 

If  you know  the  stores where you have  purchased  from just go  to  your account  and  the download  and  serial nuumbers  will  be  listed

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This is one reason that I love buying my addons from Simmarket, whenever they are available there.

Simmarket is like having a cloud server with all of your payware addons. Anything that you buy from them is kept forever and your downloads have a great search engine available to find anything.  If I type in LatinVFR in the search box, everything that I've bought from them is listed and ready to download again.

I never buy from an online store that doesn't save my downloads for easy access.

I have downloads from 2007 on Simmarket.  Even stuff that is not available anymore, but they still keep my download purchase.

I'm really sorry to hear that you have lost your addons.  The worst part is loosing your order numbers and serial keys.

If you use Google mail, you can search through your mail and get most of your order numbers and keys back.

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I really wish you the best! Something like that would really make my piles throb big time!

Yes, we all know about backups.. Right!!  I'm sure the majority of us have all experienced that stomach pit feeling, just a millisecond after pushing a button! 

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I can't believe what I've done!!

As some of you know, I've had a few health issues, and as a result, my head is not exactly 'on track'. Well, it seems things are even worse than I thought...

I've managed to PERMANENTLY destroy almost 20 years worth of flightsim software! ALL my downloaded payware addons have been not just deleted, but overwritten with other backup data! Including all the corresponding text files containing the serials, recepts and passwords etc.

I'll not bore you all with exactly how. Just know that I had my head up my ***** while thinking I knew what I was doing.

Every single payware addon I've purchased since buying FS2002. Plus 5 different FS platforms. Hundreds and hundreds:-/ Ho, hum.....

Looks like I'm going to be downloading stuff for the next month.

Bah effin humbug I say!!!!!!!!

I've been there too. Best way to approach this is one step at a time. Trying to do it in a month even will be too overwhelming. Only install and retrieve serials/downloads for each  new flight you do and eventually you'll build it all up again. Avoid the stress.  The good news is, you only ever make that mistake once. (hopefully)

 

Best of luck

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Hi Dougal

Been there

Can be quite a positive thing

We all have huge amounts of fabulous addons that we will never get to fly -no time -other things to do.

Do a clean install and only put on the planes and flights you actually fly.

Enjoy some good flying while you can cos believe me new stuff is always appearing and soon you will be full again of addons you never have time to fly twice after initial install.

xxd09

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Thankfully I'm at least able to laugh about it;)

For those stating the importance of backups, you've sort of missed the point..... I backup regularly. Doing some spring cleaning on my drives while not well is what happened. Formatted my data disks expecting to the use my freshly created backups to recover from. Only then, I accidentally copied my music backup drive over to my FS data backup drive before moving it's data:-/

At least I'll have stuff to keep me busy for a while.

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I don't delete or format drives. I buy a new drive every three months or so, copy my old drive, then put it into storage (fireproof cabinet at work).

 

Reformated a drive by a mistake years ago, and swore it would never happen again.

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I buy a new drive every three months or so, copy my old drive, then put it into storage (fireproof cabinet at work).

 

Wow.  That is a serious regime

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Lesson learned: backup your stuff on regular intervalls.

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God bless you, Captain Hindsight.

 

Dougal, what can I say, that really sucks, man. I really do hope you can recover everything, if not most things. I also hope you have a reasonably fast internet connection that it shouldn't take too long. Most vendors won't charge you any money again, but if you're looking for stuff from 20 years ago, who knows what trouble you might face. I hope your health issues are getting better too.

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This is the new real nightmare, that we are facing, for the future and in my opinion this is the next big thing to solve.

Is not only files of our hobby but is also Photo, PDF of bills, word document etc.

Blu-ray disk are not any more useful as you can see that they deteriorate very fast, no mention to the drive to read them.

You need also the serial number or password or to remember which one of plus the patch of this and that or what order.

The method of cloud save is not really so handful you need to pay but then you also need a good connection of internet otherwise download 60 gb or Upload them is no sense and if you have no connection it's no go .

Buying terabyte hard drive  is the only safe method for now and put them in mirror mode, so you have time to replace in case of error,  but you need to buy at list 100-150 € 1T 2T of a good WD RED or Black because the GREEN are deadly for backup, learn the story. so every 2-3 years invest many bucks of hard drive.

I wish new technology could found a solution.

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Some vendors are lenient, if you still have your account but lost your key they might issue you with a new one, or contact the developer. Anyway, I feel your pain! Just imagining this makes my toenails curl inwards! Talk about pucker factor!

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Think I'll just plump for an alphabetic process of vendors;-)

Here goes nothing...... ;-)


Already run into in my first issue....

There are some addons that give me no clue as to where I purchased them....

First is First Class Simulations Lancaster

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