How to Back Up Your Creatures, Trades, etc (Sticky please?)

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How to Back Up Your Creatures, Trades, etc (Sticky please?)

Postby ShenziSixaxis » May 24th, 2011, 10:27:29 pm

Requesting for this to be stickied to keep things like this from being as bad as it is.

So with the May 21st Rapture crash, a lot of people lost A LOT gold and creatures. I'm offering a way to keep track of what creatures you have.


Basically, you do this: (detailed instructions further down)
1. Create a folder on your computer somewhere you can get to easily, such as the desk top.
2. Go to your keep.
3. Right click the tab you want to back up.
4. Click "Save link as" and save it to the folder you made.
5. Do this for all your tabs.
6. Back up the folder on another hard drive (or two) and online.
7. Do this every day, or at LEAST every week.

The file should be saved as .htm and should be automatically titled whatever the tab you're backing up is titled.

I just backed up my Main tab. Here is the .htm file with the extra files Chrome saves.
Here is just the .htm file.

Haven't updated this in a while.

This back up method also saves the gender, the name, and the code (hover over the creature name as if you were going to click it).

Please note that when saving the HTML/HTM file, sometimes a folder will be created to hold the files (mainly images) used to display the information. However, don't worry about that. The plain ol' text file will have everything in it, only less pretty.



F.A.Q. (always being updated)

1. Why should I have to do this?
You shouldn't. However, MS crashes from time to time or just has some sort of hiccup, and sometimes with data loss. Shit happens, and you can't always prevent it. Do you want to have to guess at what you lost or would you rather have records and KNOW what you had before? Of course not. Even if you have a week old back up, it's better than nothing, especially if the server sets us back a few months again.

2. Isn't Tristan supposed to have a back up?
Tristan indeed has back up drives. However, the main drive the server works off of and the back up drive(s?) were both corrupted in the May 21st crash in 2010. Hardware sometimes fails for unclear reasons.

3. Do I have to back up my keep all the time?
Yes. When you save a .html file to back up your keep, it will save everything that you see at that exact moment, but it will not update itself.

4. What about my gold and shards?
When you save a back up of your keep, the file will have saved your current gold and shards. You can also take a screen capture of your gold and shards, make a Notepad document, or use your memory.

5. How does this work with Firefox/Internet Explorer/Chrome/Safari?
Firefox:

Internet Explorer:

Google Chrome:

Safari:


6. What about trades now?
Using the same methods to save your keep tabs as a document, you can save your trade pages. Just do the same thing you did for each tab of your keep.

7. "Etc"? That's new. What is it?
The way you save your trades and keep tabs can also save pages of MagiStream to your computer. I recommend this for RPs and stories you like, especially RPs.

8. I'm still not sure how to back up my keep!
Here's a video, with Google Chrome being used.


Hope this is helpful.
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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby ErrantMisty » May 24th, 2011, 10:30:22 pm

How about the back up files be stored somewhere safe so the USERS are not responsible for remembering everything they owned.

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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby ShenziSixaxis » May 24th, 2011, 10:32:51 pm

It sounds like they are, but the site has 35k registered users, and with how things just got screwed up, wouldn't you rather KNOW that YOU have records you can access right away when YOU need it?
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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby Bandita » May 24th, 2011, 11:49:17 pm

This was very useful...thank you! <3 I'll be doing this from now on, especially after I make new purchases or get important new creatures.
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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby ryer » May 24th, 2011, 11:54:01 pm

I'll be probably doing this in the future. Just in case I checked google caches but apparently Magistream doesn't allow snapshots of users' creature/keep pages.. :t--.-: would have been great if they had..
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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby ShenziSixaxis » May 24th, 2011, 11:54:51 pm

ryer wrote:I'll be probably doing this in the future.


How about you do it for sure right now? ;)
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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby ryer » May 25th, 2011, 12:11:06 am

ShenziSixaxis wrote:
ryer wrote:I'll be probably doing this in the future.


How about you do it for sure right now? ;)


No point. 1. The tabs are fucked up and I have to reorganize EVERYTHING. 2. If there is another crash before I finish reorganizing, I'm quitting for sure. Go ahead and back up your own pages, but I am simply not in the mood.
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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby ShenziSixaxis » May 25th, 2011, 12:11:38 am

Sounds fun. :/
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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby Katyakun » May 25th, 2011, 12:21:16 am

the only issue i foresee with this is if the linked page changes from what you saved and what gets reloaded. i.e. how creatures get moved for tab to tab, or are removed completely. i'm not sure if it will effect what you have saved or not, but i think it would. considering your saving the link and not a list of creatures. not sure how you would go about testing this tho.

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Re: How to Back Up Your Creature Lists (Sticky please?)

Postby ShenziSixaxis » May 25th, 2011, 12:30:28 am

The point of having the creature link is that it saves what the creature's code is. If this is backed up often, then that would save the problem of creatures being moved to a different tab.
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