How to Transfer Sims 2 Data to a New Computer

By Caroline Jackson

Updated September 22, 2017

Back up your Sims 2 files with a flash drive.
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The Sims 2 game from EA Games allows you to create families that can span generations--and take up hours of game time. Luckily, if you buy a new computer, that doesn't mean you have to lose all of your Sims 2 families and files, as it is possible to transfer your Sims 2 game files to your new computer.

Backing Up Sims 2 Files

Open the My Documents folder on your old computer by clicking on the "Start" button, then choosing "My Documents" from the Start menu.

Double-click on the EA Games folder to open it. Your game files are in the folder named "The Sims 2." Right click on "The Sims 2" folder and select "Copy."

Navigate to your computer's desktop or some other easy-to-remember location. Right click and select "Paste." Your Sims 2 game files will copy to the location.

Transfer the Sims 2 backup folder to your removable storage device. This may mean using a CD or DVD burner to put the folder on a disk, or it may mean dragging-and-dropping the backup file to a flash drive.

Transferring Sims 2 Files

Navigate to the folder where the Sims 2 game files are stored on your new computer. They're in the same location as on your old computer, under My Documents and EA Games.

Open your saved Sims 2 backup folder. Right click on "The Sims 2" and select "Copy."

Paste the backed-up files into the "EA Games" folder on your new computer. Click "Yes to All" if a box pops up that tells you there's already a folder named "The Sims 2."