I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve referred to myself as “idiot”, “moron” or “tool” tonight. First off, let me preface this story by reminding you that I moved at the beginning of the week and have been spending every day since getting our new place up to speed. That’s meant lots of late nights and hours on end of un-packing and settings things up. Needless to say, I’m totally wiped and physically exhausted. We’re in good shape now, but it’s definitely been a tough week. Regardless, I’m a total idiot and I wish it was physically possible to kick myself in the face. Here’s why…

Last night I had a friend over and we rocked the Xbox 360 for a couple hours. I always create a local profile for friends so they can see what earning Achievements is all about, etc. This evening I plopped my ass down on the couch to shoot some dudes after a long day and upon starting up my console, it auto-signed in “Ryan” (friend’s profile). I signed out and headed over to the System blade where I navigated to the screen where you can delete profiles. Just as I’m getting there, Deanna comes in the room and sits down. We were engaged in conversation the entire time and I was explaining something to her at this point. She looks over at the screen as I’m confirming the profile deletion then quickly turns back to me with her eyes wide open. I realized immediately what I had done. The conversation ceased and my jaw hit the floor. Oh. My. Fuck. I just deleted my entire profile – more importantly, all my save games. I totally got all panicky and my vision went blurry for a second. Then I realized I had been using a Memory Unit recently for save games so I could play in the living room or office. I thought I might be in the clear as only the most recent games I’ve played were on the MU while the rest remained on the HDD. I recovered my GamerTag (which was an agonizing 20 minute process!) and quickly navigated back to the memory management screen where I browsed through the games. To my horror, everything, and I mean everything of mine was gone. I guess I had cleared out my profile from both the MU and the HDD. Unfuckingbelievable.

Can you believe I did that? Everything I’ve done since last April… gone. I beat just about every game I played and have recently started re-purchasing games that are now super cheap so I could pop them in here and there and re-play my favourite levels, etc. Now it’s all gone.

Some good does come out of this. Battlestations Midway comes out next week and I’m pretty strapped for cash from the move and all, so I didn’t think I’d be able to pick it up for a while. Now I have a few games I can trade in as I couldn’t be bothered to play them through again.

Either way, what a drag!


Dude, that sucks.

I’ve kind of put a hold on new games for a bit as well as I’m trying to save a bit of cash, and I just don’t seem to ahve the time to sit down in front of the TV for any length of times these days.

I’ve heard that there are ways that you can download uploaded game saves and save it to your Xbox 360 via Action Replay. Some use it to increase their gamerscore, but I’m pretty sure that others have been in your shoes and downloaded the saves to restore their profile.

Wow, I honestly feel so bad right now. I would subject myself to the Agro-Crag (old-school Nick, anyone) just to get your saves back. I feel that bad.

Holy jeebus.

I deleted my gamertag a few weeks ago (though through the hard drive navigation, not the blade). I was over at my girlfriend’s house playing on her housemate’s 360.. so I removed my profile and came back with my MU the next weekend.

Though to my surprise, all save games etc. where still on the hard drive. And I just copied them onto my MU and continued where I left off…

I guess I’m one of the lucky ones :/

Oh man. That really is Unfuckingbelievable. Well on the other hand, you have the motivation to play thoose games again… right?

Or.. not.. 😉

Anyway – heads up. And a lesson for future – maybe a backup? 🙂

Or fuckin’ delete the delete function… 🙂

DUDE! aw man thats terrible! is there any way you can trade saved games from other profiles? I can give you all my saved games next time I’m in town.

Ouch mate, thats like those situations where you skip and oppurtinity to save at a save point, playing an extra 30 minutes and die … but X 1000000 … okay it’s not much like that at all, but even so, I feel for you.

Anyway to back up profiles? Could copy one every now and again just to be sure?

@MarkMS: Nice, thanks for the tip! I’ll have to look into Action Replay. Some games won’t be a problem to replay, but others like NFS Carbon that I really didn’t enjoy until I was finished the campaign, well, that’s another story. 😉

@andrzejk: Yeah, some I’ll replay. But I was at like level 52 in Viva Pinata after hours and hours. I doubt I’ll do all that again, which is a drag as I only had a handful of achievements left to go.

@BPAndrew: Don’t think you can transfer saves since they’re attached to your profile specifically. But it sounds like Action Replay will do the trick.

@Luke: Yeah, you can use a MU to back-up your stuff. But it’s tedious and takes a while.

Oh man bro that’s completely awful. Although I haven’t put in nearly as much time as you, I still fear doing something like that. Even more I fear an agonizing death of the HDD on my 360 and losing my saves that way…

OMG! You might wanna go to the gym and punch some punching bags for a couple of hours then take a vacation to Hawaii and beat up those beach balls. Then when you go home, you might be nuts and crazy enough to play them all over again.

That is…

If you really want ALL to get back so badly.

PS: You might want to fix your dropped jaw. You’re gonna need it the next time you accidentally do it again.

Yeah! Looks like a lot of trouble. Sorry you had to go through all this. I guess I need to get a memory unit and start backing up. You never know when the XBOX hard drive is going to fail.

Anyway …

If you need help beating some levels, through CO-OP like GoW, let me know. I’m in the XBOX LIVE group on Flickr, so you can send me a PM or something.

Thanks for the offer MarkMS. I actually just started playing GoW through again last night, this time with my wife again on Insane (her idea). To my surprise, my previous progress was still in tact. I’m not quite sure how, but all chapters have the Insane icon beside them and my cogtag count is 30/30. Interesting. I wonder if the game checks your Achievements and updates your local profile accordingly? That would be rad, and totally makes sense actually.

@ Matt: Yes, XBOX Live can store gamesave and profile information. I once had a friend come over to my house to play CoD2 on the XBOX 360. He logged into his XBOX Live account on my box. His CoD2 profile on my box was exactly like the one on his box. He (having completed the game) had all of the level unlocked on MY box. Even the same weird-ass controller setup was downloaded from XBOX Live.

Not sure how many games are using that feature, though.

Dude, that sucks, I wish I had a 360! 🙁 I feel left out. I do have two 360 controller for the PC though 🙂

That is a nightmare!

Had something slightly similar (but nowhere near as bad) happen to me last month with Gears of War.

Was playing the Campaign one night (halfway through Hardcore) and the screen just froze and the 360 made some kind of screeching noise.

Turned it off and on – and the 3 red lights of death appeared.

Called Microsoft, went thru the usual process and now have a new 360 back at home. Except I have lost all of my progress in Gears.


Dennis Couglin – Exacly that happed to me too, and it was the day before christmas. Also while I was playing Gears of Wars. It was the worst timing .. had to spend all my christmas vacation without my Xbox and I couldn’t even play all my new games, I got as christmas presents :/

Lost all my saved games too, and I had completed Saints Row about 95%. I was so sad 🙁

Dude, that seriously sucks. Hopefully Microsoft will start mandating a more in-depth, online imaging of your gamer profile. I’ve noticed that both Gears of War and Marvel Ultimate Alliance save certain things online; however, the scope is totally different for each of them.

Well that was accidental, so at least you only have yourself to blame. What happened with me, however, was possibly way worse:

I’d had my x360 for a few months, and then got the wireless adapter so I could hook it up to Xbox live. However, when I did that, it created a new gamer profile for the Xbox live. New profile = no saves. And, you can’t transfer them across cause you won’t have any of the achievements etc. I called tech support, and they said there’s nothin you can do about it.

Microsoft will burn in hell forever, no?

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I share you pain. I HATE the memory unit! You think they would, oh, I don’t know, add another level of confirmation when deleting a profile. My GTA IV and Burnout Paradise save files are gone. I can not believe it. I put over 110 hours in Burnout too. I was sooo close to getting 100% completion. Its times like this I LOVE Bungie for having online servers that track your stats and game saves. I lost nothing in Halo 3 or Call of Duty 4.