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Kronovan

Reinstalling to a new Drive - Don't want to Lose Config?

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I've found the need to move my FSX:SE install to a different, faster SSD. I spent quite a bit of time tweaking my config to get it to a state where I have decent performance, so I don't want to lose that. I do have a bit of fan-made scenery in my Addon Scenery folder, but it's minimal and all specific to BC, Canada. I also enabled the Adventure Creator, which if IIRC requires some tweaking of an XML file, which was problematic and frustrating. I have Joystick, rudder pedal and throttle quadrant, so I definitely want those settings backed up and reinstalled. So my question is; what do I need to backup other than the FSX.CFG file?

I also have concerns about my 3rd party addons. Most were purchased through Steam and I don't expect there to be too big a problem, because most required adjustments in the FSX Settings menus and IIRC those are all written to the FSX.CFG. I have Accu-feel, Active Sky Next, FS Global 2010, HD Airport Graphics, Natural Tree Environment X, and Ultimate Terrain X Canada. I do have some custom settings with Accu-feel, but most personal configs with it were for fan-made Aircraft for which I disabled it. UTX Can is my  biggest concern, as it required a lot of tweaking to get acceptable performance. UTX Can installed to it's own folder though and it has an option that allows you to reset the path where FSX is located, so I'm assuming that would recreate the settings in a different location. Without having used that feature before though, I'm not sure about that.

If anyone has any experience reinstalling FSX:SE to a different drive on the same PC, or knows of a good doc/reference explaining and listing the important files and settings, I'd really appreciate hearing about it.

[Edit] Probably should have mentioned that I also have Steve's DirectX 10 Shader fix. it's files though are installed in one of the User folders on my C (system) drive, so I'm assuming it would continue to work with a new FSX:SE folder location too.

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I suggest you check into EaseUS Todo Backup and Partition utility..  It may get the job done for you.

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Many thanks for the reply Frank. I'm not sure what EaseUS does other than it sounds like a backup app. I will make copies of every single install folder for my FSX and 3rd party products before reinstalling, so I'm not sure if such an app would be necessary. For me it's more a case of not knowing which files or registry entries I need to put back in after the uninstall and reinstall to the new drive location is complete?

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Thanks for the reply nolonger. I'm aware of those Steam procedures for moving a Steamapps installation, but those instructions are for moving all games from one Steam Installation location to a new one. I only wish to relocate FSX:SE to the new drive and folder. Meanwhile, I've been told by a number of gamers that cutting & pasting a "\Steamapps\Common\specificgame" folder for a specific game doesn't work, as there's a number of additional support folders and files under \Steamapps that are tricky to identify and relocate. If any one knows of a sure-fire procedure for moving a specific Steam game though, I'm all ears & eyes.  😉

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