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Backing Up Characters

Discussion in 'Single Player Forum' started by Azzaron, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Azzaron

    Azzaron IncGamers Member

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    Backing Up Characters

    I want to format my computer but don't want to lose my single player character. He's a hardcore character I've diligently worked through normal difficulty and is about to start nightmare.

    Any suggestions on how to do this?

    Thanks......
     
  2. Thyiad

    Thyiad Moderator Single Player, D2 Assassin, Barbarian

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    I keep my Atma stashes and character data backed up on a USB flash device. Or if you are on a LAN, copy it onto another computer on the network. The flash device is probably the easiest and cheapest, though.

    Edit: I just dump the save directory onto the flash device BUT I have a Stashes directory in my save directory where all my ATMA stashes sit. I also copy the atmaconfig.ini file.

    Edit2: May I direct Frostburn and Dark Matter to Post#2 Edit1? :grin::grin::grin:
     
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    Jude IncGamers Member

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    I burn all my saved games from all my favorite games (plus my artwork, writing, downloaded patches, shareware, and music) to a CD every so often. I've had a couple of hard drive failures over the years, and I've learned my lesson!

    Jude
     
  4. Azzaron

    Azzaron IncGamers Member

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    Ok, so what exactly do I need to copy? Is there a specific "character" directory I can just copy which I can then copy back once I reinstall D2?
     
  5. Dark Matter

    Dark Matter IncGamers Member

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    Inside your Diablo II folder is a folder called save.

    Inside of that will be a selection of files - for your characters, map seeds etc etc.

    If you don't have/use ATMA I'd just backup the entire save folder.

    DM
     
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    FrostBurn IncGamers Member

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    In your Diablo II folder there should be a folder called 'save'. Copy that entire file into your backup device.

    As for your ATMA stashes, just copy the entire folder where you keep your stashes to your backup device.

    After you re-format, re-install D2, patch it to the patch your were using previously, and copy the 'save' folder back into the Diablo II folder.

    Do the same for ATMA.

    Edit: Hrmph!
     
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    Dark Matter IncGamers Member

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    *grins*

    10 characters
     
  8. Azzaron

    Azzaron IncGamers Member

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    Thanks for the info guys - much appreciated!
     
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    I always open the character files with the editor and memorize what it says there. That way I'm on the safe side if I lose my CD or flashdisk.
     
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    Socialism IncGamers Member

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    Dudes. E-mail stuff to yourself!
     
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    neumein IncGamers Member

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    I agree with Mr. Radioative Banana, I get 1 Gb of space, and considering the save files are only a few Kb each, you got tons of room for char backups
     
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    Use a CD-RW to make a copy of your character save file. Or use any USB device.
     
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    Hrus IncGamers Member

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    inside your save folder there are few types of files storing info about your character:

    Character.d2s - this is the main save file, it stores all info about your character, items, skills
    Character.key - IIRC this file contains info about what keyboard keys you have assigned to what skills
    Charcter.map, ma0, ma1, ma2, ma3 - these only contains info about what part of map is discovered already. They doesn't contain the map itself - this map is allways the same for the seed number, which is stored in d2s file. These file are also the largest, so skip them if you are backuping and have not much disk space.

    if you use Atma / Flavie:
    Character.org, Character_1.org etc. - Atma backups
    Character.txt - Atma readouts (used for Flavie)
     
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    jrlafrance IncGamers Member

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    I agree with what Hrus has said, except for the Character.txt files. Flavie does use them, but you don't have to back them up. Once recovered, I believe Flavie will create .txt files, or at the very least, you can run a dump file in ATMA that will create the .txt file. Save yourself some space. :cool:
     
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    Hrus IncGamers Member

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    I didn't said that you have to backup them, only what they are used for :wink3:
     

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