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In this blog I will take you step by step through the steps you need to go through to back up the Second Life Cache in Windows Vista showing you through several screenshots.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Using backup software included in Windows Vista to schedule a regular backup of the Second Life Cache and
  2. Manually copy the folder to somewhere else on the hard drive such as Documents.

For this blog I will be using option 2 to show you how to back up the Second Life Cache in Windows Vista.

The steps are as follows:

Go to the Start Menu and select Computer as shown in Screenshot 1 and then double click on C: drive and you will see a folder called Users double click on it as shown in Screenshot 2.

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Screenshot 1: Go to the Start Menu and select Computer

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Screenshot 2: Double click on C: drive and you will see a folder called Users double click on it.

When you double click on Users you will see two folders called Public and whatever you have called yourself at log-on at this stage you will need to go to the Organise Menu and then click on Folder and Search Options as shown in Screenshot 3 and Screenshot 4.

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Screenshot 3: Click on the Options Menu

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Screenshot 4: Click on Folder and Search Options

Once you have opened the Folder Options you need to click on the View Tab and click on Show Hidden Files and Folders as shown in Screenshot 5

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Screenshot 5: Click on Folder Options and select Show Hidden Files and Folders

Double click on the folder that has your log-on name and double click on the AppData folder as shown in Screenshot 6.

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Screenshot 6: Double click on the AppData folder

At this stage three folders are displayed Local, LocalLow and Roaming, you need to double click on the Roaming folder as shown in Screenshot 7.

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Screenshot 7: Double click on the Roaming folder

Scroll down until you can see the Second Life folder and then double click on it as shown in Screenshot 8 and 9.

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Screenshot 8: Scroll down until you locate the Second Life folder

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Screenshot 9: Double click on the Second Life folder

You should now see several folders displayed browser_profile, cache, logs, your avitar name and user_settings.

Right click on the Cache folder and select Copy from the menu as shown in Screenshot 10.

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Screenshot 10: Right click on the Cache folder and select Copy

The next step is now to open the Start Menu and click on the Documents folder as shown in Screenshot 11.

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Screenshot 11: Click on the Start Menu and click on the Documents folder

With the Documents folder now open right click on any space you can find and select Paste as shown in Screenshot 12.

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Screenshot 12: Right click on any space you can find and select Paste

It is a good idea to back up the copy of the Second Life Cache folder you just pasted to the Documents folder to a CD or DVD depending on the size of the folder.

To hide files and folders you need to do the reversal of showing files and folders which can also be done while in the Documents folder.

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