Hello everyone, this isn't much of a minecraft related question, but computers in general.
I've recently gotten into modding, and of course its VERY WISE to back up your files, but I've realized that it takes a good 20 minutes for me to copy and paste everything in my .minecraft folder to a 'Minecraft Backup 1' folder, and it gets quite annoying when I have around 4 back ups, each with different mods installed. So in an attempt at a loophole, I tried to rename one of my backups '.minecraft' but it tells me each time to put in a file name, or something. I then tried 'poop.minecraft' which was acceptable, but when i tried deleting the 'poop' it again came up with the same error message.
Am I doooooooooomed(!) to 20 minute file transfers, or is there some secret little techie trick to renaming a select backup folder '.minecraft' for when I want to play it.
I've searched the forum for my problem and I came here, first one that screams "omg necroing!" I'll shove the "Use search before making a post" down his throat.
I don't have problems regarding the copying speed but renaming the folder. My only solution now is to reinstall? Lame...
I'm also asking to the programmers... Is there a valid reason to name a folder beginning with a period? How I'm supposed to rename it now that it's called "backup .minecraft"? Like the OP, if I try to rename it, windows ask me to put a name because it see it as a file with an extension but no name. What to do, beside reinstalling?
The problem is that I deleted the entire .minecraft folder.
Luckly, I just found that the link in the desktop still works, and once logged it just reinstall the game automatically, so no damage done at the end, and yea, now I will simply copy the content of the folder rather than the folder itself.
STILL, the question about that freakin' period remain valid...
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Open CMD (can be started from "Run" prompt in XP, can be launched by typing "CMD" in vista/7 program search)
Use following commands, one line = one command to run, */TEXT\* = comment
CD \ */ Navigates to the root of the current folder \*
X: */ Replace X with drive letter if minecraft is on another drive than standard \*
CD "PATH" */ Enter directory \*
EXAMPLE: CD Users */ Enter users folder on C: \*
EXAMPLE: CD "Users\I have a long user name" */ Use quotes around folders or filenames containing a space \*
Navigate to your appdata folder. Don't enter .minecraft!
If backup is inside your .minecraft (to keep things together) first move them using standard windows explorer so they are easy to rename.
rename <backup>.minecraft .minecraft */ forces computer to rename <something>.minecraft to .minecraft \*
rename .minecraft.<something> to .minecraft */ if you have added something after, or: \*
rename <something> .minecraft */ renames entirely different folder to .minecraft \*
PS. Remember double quotes around path if it contains a space!
Just in case anyone runs into this, there's a quick and painless solution. You'll have your .minecraft - Copy folder with your backed up files. Run the Minecraft.exe but do't login. This will recreate the folder .minecraft. Now you can simply copy your backed up files in .minecraft - Copy into the newly created .minecraft folder.
Hope this helps some people who run into this issue while modding.