Sims 3 Save Files Lost

I just go to play the game like normal, get to the load saved game screen and my file isn't there. NOT THERE!!!!

I check the saved game directory, and there's nothing there. What the hell has happened!!!I don't get it.
The only thing i can think of is the last time i played it the game crashed and i stopped when that happened. But it has crashed on me before with no data loss - accept of course the time between my last save point and the crash. But not the entire saved file.

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Anonymous
27.5.09 delete

What I did - and it was to be overly safe - was copy the two files you get with each save.
In my case it was:
Sunset Valley.sims3.backup
Sunset Valley.sims3.bad - that file name *might* be Sunset Valley.bad

Anyway I just renamed those respective files too
Sunset Valleya.sims3
Sunset Valleya.bad

And it worked.

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Anonymous
27.5.09 delete

HAPPENED TO ME TOO. well this is how mine happened. Was playing the game fine saved and stuff, and one day played the game and when trying to save the game crashed and for some reason i think since it was saving halfway it was corrupted and there was no more save file available. Had to redo the freaking thing again. Luky I could change ma lifestyle this time since I (20) was married to a 80 year old and trying to have kids.

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Anonymous
27.5.09 delete

it happens to me 2!! but i finally found the saved game file in my documents folder/ea games
just rename it into *.sims3 i think
before that the file name is something *.backup
then try run sims3.it works for me.
but every time i played the game it will crash..

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Anonymous
27.5.09 delete

I don't think there is a solution.. Sims 3 probably deleted the saved game, 'cause it was corrupt.
The only possible thing to get your game back is restoring some sort of backup.

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Anonymous
4.6.09 delete

same problem here, while saving, it crashed then the saves were lost. happened twice already! i tried renaming the backup files to normal sims3 files, then started the game and the savegames showed up again but i couldnt load them! wtf?! anybody know how to fix it the way it will load again afterwards? this is seriously starting to annoy me, hope there a patch fixing this soon..
what im doing now is changing the names of the save files continously while saving, like once i save it as "sunny valley" and the next time i save it as "sunny valey2" and so on so i always have 2 savegames in case one mite get deleted again, im not sure if it will help but i really hope so. it's so annoying having spent like 10 hours building a house, getting a job and stuff and suddenly you have to do it ALL OVER again.. (sven)

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