Grand Theft Auto - Backup is a must have program for any GTA PC player, modder or not!
What Is GTA - Backup?
GTA - Backup is a small application that will automatically backup your saved games when you launch a GTA game though this program.
What Games Does GTA - Backup Work With?
This application will backup your saved game for GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, IV and Episodes From Liberty City.
Do I Really Need GTA - Backup?
Every PC gamer has lost saved games due to a bad mod, hard drive problem or accidental deletion.
Unfortunately it is only after you have lost a saved game this question will be answers for you.
So save yourself the pain of having to start your game over, by downloading GTA – Backup before it is too late.
How Do I Install GTA - Backup?
Simply extract your download (grand_theft_auto_backup_v1.4.0.zip) to your desired location. When you run GTA - Backup for the first time, click the settings button and check the paths for each game are correct.
The default settings should be correct if you installed your games with the default settings, other than GTA IV & EFLC. GTA IV & EFLC require you to select your saved games location.
When Does A Backup Get Done?
By default GTA - Backup will check if a backup is required (Will check if the saved game file has changed) while you are playing (every 15 minutes) and when you close your GTA game.
You can however customize when GTA - Backup will check your saves, by selecting to backup Pre Run, During Run (Every 15 minutes) or Post Run.
Where Do Backups Get Saved?
GTA - Backup puts your backed up saved games in a “backup” folder in the save location as your saved games. In this folder there is a child, parent, grand parent and archive structure.
Child backups are your most recent, then parent backups, then grand parent backups followed by archive backups which are compressed to save space.
How Can I Show My Appreciation?
By simply posting a thank you comment on GTA Garage or GTA Forums, I will know my time and effort has been worth wile.
And if you are feeling very generous you can donate a little something (even just a £1 or $1) via the PayPal link on my website (see above).
v1.5.0 On Hold I have recently moved my final Windows machine to Linux. Although this is good for me and many of my other projects, it means all my Visual Studio based projects are on hold.
GTA Backup however is one of the few that I do plan to migrate to another language and continue work on. This will not only allow me to continue the project, but will also allow me to support the Linux GTA players (who play with using WINE).
I expect to have GTA Backup rewritten in another language by Feb 2013, so expect beta versions of 1.5.0 around March.
I will be needing Windows testers, so if you currently use GTA Backup and want to help out, PM me and let me know.