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Post by KaiaBloom on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 17:49

So, that's the thing. My sims 3 won't let my do a regular save, so if I want to save a certain game, I have to use 'save as' or 'save and quit'.
Today things were going okay and my game was kinda laggy so I had to save before it crashes.
It then crashed during the save.
I reopened the game and the family didn't appear there. I wasn't panicked because it happened before; I knew that I had to restore my family from the Saves folder in Documents.

It didn't appear on the folder. There was literally NO sign of it- only a folder of my other games. I literally looked for it over an hour in my computer, but nothing. Nada.
Is there anything to do to restore my game? I worked so hard on it and I really don't want to lose it. 

Please, if you can help, answer. 

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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by Aɾყα on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 20:29

Hello,


That sounds really messed up Sad
Let's see... there's nothing in your saves folder? Nothing at all in reference to the neighbourhood you were playing? 
Is it possible that you -accidentally- saved it under a different name? 

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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by KaiaBloom on Sun 25 Dec 2016, 18:01

Nothing at all... I saved it under Moonlight Falls, but... now it doesn't appear. No reference to my neighbourhood, nothing. I looked all around, but nothing appeared.
My computer has 2 users- by any chance, could the save be in the other user's files?

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Post by Aɾყα on Sun 25 Dec 2016, 18:12

It might be worth checking. 
If there is no reference at all to your game anywhere, I'm afraid your savegame is lost Sad


To avoid this in the future:
Always alternate your savegames between 2 save files. Mine for example are "Oakwood Island" and "Oakwood Island1". I alternate between these saves, today I'll save the one, tomorrow the other.


Also, make a backup of your entire "saves" folder regularly. On an external/flash drive if you can (or in a cloud). That way your progress is safe-ish in case something catastrophic happens. How often you should do this depends on how often you play. Once a week or once a month. Keep 1 or 2 backups at all times.

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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by KaiaBloom on Sun 25 Dec 2016, 19:50

Once I'll get to my computer I'll try.
How come it got deleted? I did save as, but I didn't know it was deleting the existing files

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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by KaiaBloom on Sun 25 Dec 2016, 19:51

I started 100 baby challenge, I hope I won't have to restart.
I faced so many problems with my games...

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Post by Aɾყα on Sun 25 Dec 2016, 21:16

It's hard to tell, The Sims 3 is weird like that. Sometimes saves get lost if the game crashes during or right after saving.

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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by KaiaBloom on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 09:31

If I had a coin for every problem I had with my sims games I could buy the 4 games all together.
I even had to factory reset multiple times...

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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by KaiaBloom on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 09:31

Well, anyway, the game is gone.
Let me mourn for a bit before moving on.

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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 09:38

@KaiaBloom wrote:So, that's the thing. My sims 3 won't let my do a regular save, (...)


What exactly happens when you do a regular save, does the game crash or do you get an infinite saving screen? Also, it's a good idea in general to backup your savefiles to another folder-location, and regularly. Especially in a game so prone to various savefile problems.

Another tip: google for "sims 3 save file cleaner" which can help clean up your saves (do backup the saves prior to applying the tool though). It helped me in the past to overcome weird and sudden game crashes, that came out of nowhere. Smile
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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by KaiaBloom on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 11:09

When I do normal save it has an infinite saving screen.

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Post by The_gh0stm4n on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 11:30

@KaiaBloom wrote:When I do normal save it has an infinite saving screen.


Are you using any mods, and if so, have you considered testing them (preferably one-by-one) if any of them causes the infinite loading screen? I remember another user claiming the store fixes from Games4theworld conflict with some newer mods, so you might want to check that if it applies to you.

P.S. I am using mostly NRAAS mods only, and from the years 2013 and 2014 - all of them compatible with the 1.67 version of The Sims 3. And I can use the store fixes just fine. But it may be indeed possible that some newer mods cause a conflict...
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Re: Family got deleted, no backup file in Saves [Help!]

Post by KaiaBloom on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 11:38

I have tested the mods when I was having a problem with my CC. The mods were fine, but I found a bad CC.

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Post by The_gh0stm4n on Wed 28 Dec 2016, 04:14

@KaiaBloom wrote:I have tested the mods when I was having a problem with my CC. The mods were fine, but I found a bad CC.


Have you tried taking out (temporarily) ALL your mods and custom content, then? Just to see if that influences anything about your saving-process. Smile
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