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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to recover a saved game from a crash

My daughter was playing minecraft and win7 had a blue screen crash (no matter what you call a turd it's still a turd). When I tried to start the game again her game was gone!

So to recover I turned on hidden files and folders in folder options. Then navigated to:

C:\Users\YOUR USER ACCOUNT NAME HERE\Appdata\Roaming\.minecraft\Saves\

I found her game was still there.

So I recovered her game by starting a new one and then copying the new level.dat, level.dat_old and session.lock files into her lost game directory. I then deleted the new game.

I then started minecraft and her game was there and worked!

13 comments:

  1. Thank you very much! I would have cried myself to sleep tonight, had it not been for your advice :)

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  2. if my laptop crashes completely, is there any way to get my saved files on a new laptop?

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  3. You'll need to get the files off of the hard drive. This is a topic beyond the scope of this blog.

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  4. Where would I find the lost game directory? Could you go a little more in depth, please?

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  5. >Anonymous

    C:\Users\YOUR USER ACCOUNT NAME HERE\Appdata\Roaming\.minecraft\Saves\

    The lost game and your new game will be in their own folders respectively.

    So for example: say you want to recover World5; so you make a new world and call it World2, open World2 copy level.dat and session.lock then open World5 and paste them over the existing files.

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  6. did you lose your character data? I did this because my pc decided to blue screen. Thankfully this did bring back my world, but my achivements, stats and anything i was carrying was gone and my spawn point had moved (i wasn't sure it was the same world until i climbed a large mountain and saw my house in the distance).

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  7. I wrote this before achievements but I'm not surprised you'd lose them. My spawn point didn't change but I did lose my stuff.

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  8. Greetings. You may or may not be able to offer advice given that we are a Mac household but here goes...my MacBook Pro is set up with three separate user accounts: mine, my stepson's and my stepdaughter's. My stepson plays minecraft while logged in as me. No longer digging this arrangement I downloaded minecraft onto his account's desktop and deleted the application from my desktop. When he logged into his account and fired up minecraft his world is gone. Any suggestions on how to possibly restore?

    Following your advice above I am able to locate the level.dat, level.dat_old and session.lock files when I am logged into my account under library/application support/minecraft. I'm not sure what to do with them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated and would restore friendly diplomatic ties between my stepson and me ;) Thanks for your help.

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    1. if you're the admin goto finder & use cmd + shift+ c .
      Move those session files and stuff into his account by going into the hardware/users/hisusername/...thefolder
      That should fix it
      2 months old..anyways :P

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  9. It sounds to me like you just need to move her saved game into her saved game folder. It seems like a permissions problem to me. That's my guess.

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  10. OMG!!! Thank you sooooo much!! This helped me A LOT!!

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  11. You are my best friend for this!

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