Xbox 360 game saves lost

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Check this out. I'm such a dumbass.

I have an Xbox 360 with no HDD (bought it used like that). I connected a 2GB thumb drive to create my profile and for game saves).

Later on, I found out I could connect an IDE HDD in an enclosure via USB. So I thought I would discontinue the use of the thumb drive.

I transferred my profile from the thumbdrive to the Hard Drive, completely forgetting that game saves were separate from it. I then formatted the thumb drive. Days later I attempted to play Red Dead Redemption, a game that I was a couple of missions from finishing the story. I am then in shock as the game tells me there are no game saves and asked me if I wanted to create one. At that moment I realized all of my gamesaves were on the now formatted thumb drive.

I haven't done anything to the thumb drive, so I'm going to attempt an "unformat", not sure if that’s going to work.
So this is a long, long shot, but I’ll ask anyway. Any of you know if by any chance, the gamesaves are saved online, on the Xbox Live servers or something? All of my achievements are registered. Is there a way I could recover my save point from the Microsoft servers? I’m thinking not, but who knows.

Any help?

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Thanks Trip
TripHamer wrote:
Flare wrote:

Oh.My.God. It worked.

I configured the thumbdrive again, then replaced the Data files with the ones I recovered. Everything is there, intact.

I am thanking God at this moment! I'm so happy!

Now to finish Red Dead Redemption :D

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/

Another file undelete program.

Thank you Trip! May I never have the need to use one of these again! :)

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Recuva
Flare wrote:

Oh.My.God. It worked.

I configured the thumbdrive again, then replaced the Data files with the ones I recovered. Everything is there, intact.

I am thanking God at this moment! I'm so happy!

Now to finish Red Dead Redemption :D

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/

Another file undelete program.

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Backups
forcefield58 wrote:

Is there a way to backup the 360 game saves onto a PC. I have my xbox synched up to my PC, but don't remember seeing a way to backup the game saves or any data on the 360 HDD.

Cheers

Not that I'm aware of. The only integration with the PC is media integration, either directly or through Windows Media Center. You can use just about any USB flash drive or hard drive to back stuff up on the 360, though. That's actually something Microsoft SHOULD integrate, a Time Machine-like backup where it seamlessly backs up to a PC over your network. Same thing on the PS3. I'd definitely do that if that were a feature.

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360 Game Saves
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Yeah, Clok, I learned some hard lessons over the years too. I've had several hard drives fail and/or become corrupted. Now I use Raid 1 configurations whenever possible, backup regularly and have all the important stuff in the cloud and sync'd. I don't back up my consoles, though, even though they have a way to do that (albeit manually; it's a shame they can't backup to a computer or server because it's not like they can't access the media on other systems!).

Is there a way to backup the 360 game saves onto a PC. I have my xbox synched up to my PC, but don't remember seeing a way to backup the game saves or any data on the 360 HDD.

Cheers

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Yeah, Clok, I learned some

Yeah, Clok, I learned some hard lessons over the years too. I've had several hard drives fail and/or become corrupted. Now I use Raid 1 configurations whenever possible, backup regularly and have all the important stuff in the cloud and sync'd. I don't back up my consoles, though, even though they have a way to do that (albeit manually; it's a shame they can't backup to a computer or server because it's not like they can't access the media on other systems!).

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I recently after 20+ years of

I recently after 20+ years of computing had my first HD fail (two actually).. yes, never before (personally, as a tech I have seen it hundreds of times). I should have known better, but 20 years has made me lax i guess. I run 3 PC's pretty much fulltime, my personal one which has really nothing saved on it (now), a 2nd machine by the first that is my DVD backup, torrent, duel box for gameing, etc.. And My mame machine which doubles as a Server. I alos have a couple NAS devices.The Mame machine has been on (except in power outages for almost 5 years, its actually broke atm). One of my NAS devices is a WORLDBOOK 1TB i got about 4 years ago. it wa the first to fail, it runs some version of Linux and to open it (2- 500 drives) and save the data possilby would void the warrenty. It contained My backups of my personal machine (basicly some documents and pictures) very small fit on a CD i think. otherwise it was full of COMICS in Comic book reader format, and alot of TV shows and MP3's. When it failed the only important stuff wasmy personal stuff still on my home PC. Warenty and drive is back. I didnt hook it up.. and you guessed it, didnt back up my personal stuff again. My home PC which is on sometimes for 2-3 months at a time, needed a reboot, HD fail! I run viocraptors in raid 0 for my OS drive (which alos has my personalstuff on it).. one failed.. so its gone forever. The drive had mechanical failure. I have learned my leason, stuff is backed up in 3 places nowdays.

Both drives failed in the 4th year of 5 year warrnties.
It was annoying to lose all those TV shows (but netflix has solved alot of that) and the MP3's have been collected since MP3's started, some I will never find again. Alot of the early MP3's where made form records and cassettes that are no longer around and not avialbel on CD.. There was more trading back then of "rare" music.. nowdays if you cant get it on ITUNES nobody seems to care, or they have gone underground with the MP3 Police so busy now. that hurt, but was replaceble. the Personal stuff is hard.. it was alot of stuff collected for basicly 20 years.. heck some text documents from the Amiga days, some code from my early attempt at game making, pictures for freinds, GF, and such.. My dream of writing a fantasy book, good or bad (400 pages, over 7 years) all gone forever that HURTS..

This all happned about 1 year ago, I sitll havent replaced 1/10th of it.. my MP3 collection is a speck of what it was.
its amazing how rough it can be to lose data... Glad you got your back (ribbing incomming) even if it was only game saves :)

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Cool!

Wauwatosa that is cool!

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It worked!

Oh.My.God. It worked.

I configured the thumbdrive again, then replaced the Data files with the ones I recovered. Everything is there, intact.

I am thanking God at this moment! I'm so happy!

Now to finish Red Dead Redemption :D

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Trying EASUS

I'm trying something called EASUS Data Recovery on the thumb drive. It found a deleted folder called "Xbox360" and inside it there are four files:

Data0000
Data0001
Data0002
Data0003

They add up to 1.86 GB, the available size of the drive itself.

Maybe I can now format the thumbdrive on the Xbox again and then I can copy these files? We'll see.

Bill Loguidice
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I've had success with

I've had success with "Removable Media Data Recovery" from datadoctor.org and I think they have a USB drive version. Pretty sure though that the save data would have to be local. MS does not do cloud-based save game storage. I'd definitely attempt a recovery.

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