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How to Move The Sims 3 Downloads from One Computer to Another

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

If you want to play The Sims 3 on another PC, you know it can be annoying and take quite a while to re-download all of the fabulous custom content you’ve acquired. This article will explain how to transfer your content onto your new PC so you don’t have to waste time re-downloading it all again.

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    How To Backup The Sims 3 Files

    If you love “The Sims 3” and spend much time playing the game, you probably want to know how to backup your files and also how to transfer them to another computer so you can pickup where you left off. Computer crashes could lose all of your hard work, so even if you don’t have a new computer to play the game on, it is a good idea to occasionally backup your saved games, custom content, Sims, etc.

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    How To Backup Saved Games

    If you have spent much time on a certain The Sims 3 worlds, you probably want to be able to pick up where you left off when you purchase a new PC or just want to play on a faster computer. It is a pretty easy fix to do this. So, if you want to know how to backup The Sims 3 files for saved games, you will need to follow these steps:

    The Sims 3 Saves 

    Insert your USB external drive into the computer you currently play “The Sims 3” on.

    Make a folder for “The Sims 3” so you can easily locate the files we will be copying.

    Locate the saved games you have for the game. They can on the PC at:

    My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves

    Copy the whole folder into your folder on the flash drive. Keep it in the “Saves” folder so you don’t confuse the files with the other folders you will also want to save.

    If you’ve already installed ‘The Sims 3” on your other computer, locate the “Saves” folder and just copy your old saves to the new computer from the files you copied onto the flash drive.

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    How To Backup Custom Content and Downloads

    Saving your custom content and downloads is a must-do to go with your saved games. Some of these downloads take a long time to download so you don’t want to waste your time re-downloading them. Also, the custom content from your saved games won’t work unless those files are there. So, if you want to know how to backup The Sims 3 files for your custom downloads such as The Sims 3 adult mods, follow these steps:

    The Sims 3 Downloads Custom Content 

    Insert your USB external drive into the computer you currently play “The Sims 3” on.

    Make a folder for “The Sims 3” so you can easily locate the files we will be copying.

    Locate the downloads and custom content you have for the game. They can on the PC at:

    My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads

    My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods

    My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saved Sims

    The Sims 3 Downloads Mods Copy both of these folders onto different folders on the flash drive. Keep the folder names the same so you don’t confuse the files with the other folders you will also want to save.

    If you’ve already installed “The Sims 3” on your other computer, locate the “Downloads” “Mods” and “Saved Sims” folder and just copy your old files to the new computer from the files you copied onto the flash drive. You will then need to follow the same steps as you first did to “Install” the files on the launcher.

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    References

    All screenshots and references from The Sims 3.

    Screenshots provided by the writer.