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02-11-2003, 11:48 AM
When creating a route, what items do I need to backup? I know it's not the whole route folder I'm working on but I don't know which items inside the folder I need to backup.
You should backup the ENTIRE route folder. This will insure that you always have the ability to restore your route. Partial backups could spell disaster in the future if you restore and the files you restore are not in sync with the rest of the route files.
You do not need to backup the entire train simulator folder, just your route folder.
I use Winzip to backup my route. It takes about 15-20 minutes to create the zip file. I then copy the zip file onto a CD.
Columbia Gorge Route (Phase 1 track completed, road construction resumed.)
02-11-2003, 01:22 PM
I agree Cal. I backup the entire route folder on my hard drive once every hour or two of route building. That only takes two or three minutes. I am now on backup #248 and I started over at #001 when I began Sea View 3. I always keep the last ten backups and some of the earlier ones. Once or twice a week, I burn the latest backup onto a CD in case I have a hard drive crash.
Regular full backups are not much trouble and greatly reduce the chances of a disaster.
02-11-2003, 02:11 PM
Can I refer you to http://www.trainsim.com/dcforum/DCForumID6/8475.html , not because there's an answer, but a question about backups? Any input appreciated!
02-11-2003, 03:10 PM
I do backups a little different. I found that only the tiles, world, and possibly the TD folders, as well as all of the root files change very much. During, at least the early part of my route building, the sound and terrtex folders do not change at all.
Therefore, at least once a day, often more, I backup the root files, Tiles, World, and TD folders to another hard-drive, keeping at least 10 backups on hand. Every 3 days, or more often if I do a lot of editing, I burn a CD/R. I haven't tried the zip route first method, but that sounds like a good idea. Since my entire route with all of it's extant raw files, .bk files, etc. runs more than a CD-R will hold, I usually omit the terrtex and sound folders. At the moment that leaves me 54 MBT free on a 720MBT platter.
J. H. Sullivan
02-11-2003, 05:41 PM
"At the moment that leaves me 54 MBT free on a 720MBT platter."
Cheese and crackers, you guys!! That's some serious fattage for a route!
Isn't it fascinating how a route folder slowly "grow"s?
Ol' Larry Friddle's FS Sub first came to me just a tick under 500 megs... it's now big enough that it barely fits zipped on a CD! However, this is a working copy, and I understood Larry to say it will go on a weight reduction plan once finished.
I'm seeing the same phenomonon with my KC&G. It's still a "paltry" 365 megs... but growing fatter by the day.
The lil' SC&N is a featherweight at 123 megs.
02-11-2003, 07:16 PM
Mine is currently sitting in at 1.5GB cause all the shapes and textures from all the default routes plus a whole bunch of add on stuff from here plus my own stuff is in there.
So long as one has a good current backup of the shapes, textures and terrtex directories then only the root files, world, tiles need regular backups.
Td and lo_tiles directories probably only need one good backup too.
Should also keep a good backup of the global\shapes directory and global\tsection.dat, particularly if you're using Xtracks.
Iconoclast by choice
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