Knowledgebase: OOTP > Backup and Restore
Backing up your league
Posted by Gary Breckenridge, Last modified by Gary Breckenridge on 01 December 2014 06:26 AM

OOTP generates large amounts of data and even though loss/corruption of data is not common, it's still very important to make sure you have recent backups of any leagues that you've invested much time into. Please don't put this off since it's not always possible to fix a corrupt league file. So no matter what causes this corruption to happen - either a power failure or even a bug in the game - once a league file is corrupt, often times the only thing you can do is restore from a backup. OOTP 11-15 makes automatic backups of the most critical league files, but you should also consider making manual backups of all the league files as well.

See the OOTP manual here to find out about making a backup manually. Besides making a manual backup, OOTP automatically backs up the most critical league files and you can find these in your league folder in a sub-folder called "auto-save". The default for the auto-save feature is to backup once per year. If you didn't change this, the backup will be current only to Jan. 1st of the year you're playing. So to prevent data loss, you might consider making the game auto-save more often. The down side is you have to wait for each save to complete before you can continue simming, but it shouldn't take very long (unless you have a large universe). It's only the full backups that take a long time. Here's how to change this setting:

OOTP 15:
1) Go to the "Game" menu and choose "Game Settings".
2) On the right side you'll see the Auto-Save dropdown list.

OOTP 13-14:

1) Go to the "Game" menu and choose "setup and options".
2) On the right side you'll see the Auto-Save dropdown list.

OOTP 11-12:

1) Go to the "OOTP" menu (OOTP 11-12) and choose "Game Setup".
2) On the right side you'll see the Auto-Save dropdown list.

 


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