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I recently formatted my computer and Steam Cloud didn't save everything I did. How do I get my levels back? Thanks.

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    1) What operating system do you have. 2) How and with what did you format your computer? – user271360 Dec 21 '14 at 6:05
  • I had moreless formatted my computer and more re installed Windows 8.1. Which is my OS. – dre Dec 21 '14 at 9:19
  • Being a Windows 8 machine did you refresh / reset it or did you use a 3rd party program? – user271360 Dec 21 '14 at 11:22
  • Nope, didn't use any third party programs. – dre Dec 21 '14 at 23:49
  • So what did you use? – user271360 Dec 22 '14 at 2:37
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The obvious answer would be to play them again but I assume that's not what you want.

Portal's saves are stored locally, in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\portal 2\portal2\SAVE . If you find a completed save file, you can copy it into that directory and load it. This will unlock everything.

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  • Just wondering, if he formatted his PC can he still access his saves? – user271360 Dec 20 '14 at 22:58
  • @sebie probably not unless he didnt format it properly or made a backup – Taacoo Dec 20 '14 at 23:00
  • Assuming he formatted the partition his Steam folders were on, he can't access his saves. There are programs for recovering files after formatting, but I believe that's beyond the scope of Arqade and the results may vary. – Elise Dec 20 '14 at 23:00
  • @Sebie No. Portal 2 saves are only stored locally and reformatting the hard drive erases everything. Unless OP had the foresight to backup his saves of course but then he wouldn't be asking this question. – Studoku Dec 20 '14 at 23:00
  • @Taacoo ,@Chippies ,@Studoku . I understand that when you format a hard drive it wipes everything, but my experience with Windows restore has been positive, actually. I formatted it to the core basics and I forgot to copy something and I could still restore back, to before I formatted it. – user271360 Dec 20 '14 at 23:06

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