Use the email address and password of the account owner to log into the application. One personal account can back up an unlimited number of computers as long as the space purchased can accommodate the backups
Multiple hard drives
If you have multiple hard drives in your computer consider backing up all of them. To select all hard drives, on the Backup tab click the Change button
Select the second hard drive and click the OK button
If you want to make sure your files are backed up frequently, and you don’t miss a backup if your computer was turned off during the scheduled backup
On the Settings page, Scheduler tab select
Start the missed backup when the computer is turned on and click the Save changes button
On the Settings page, General tab
Enable Continuous Data Protection
Enable Ask me where to save files / folders before restore
Disable Wake up the computer from Hibernate / Sleep mode
Do not exclude important files
To backup all important files
On the Settings page, Exclusion tab uncheck
For better user experience
To keep your computer running fine even during backups you can limit the backup activity.
On the Settings page, Throttle tab enable Auto-Pause and set the CPU throttle value to 20%
If you run out of space
There are options to manage the space you use in the cloud. WARNING: These steps delete files from the cloud which are not on your computer. So if you have deleted files accidentally, first restore those files from the cloud.
Delete all files from the cloud that have been already deleted from your computer
This step immediately deletes all files from the cloud that have been deleted from your computer, even accidentally.
On the Settings page, Archive Cleanup tab set the Files considered for cleanup to 100%, and click the Cleanup Now button
To avoid running out of space in the future
You can set up automatic cleanup to delete files that you delete from your computer, but it will delete files that even were deleted accidentally.
On the Settings page, Archive Cleanup tab enable Periodic Cleanup. This will delete files every 30 days from the cloud that are no longer on your computer. If the number of files to be deleted is greater than the selected percentage (5% by default), the cleanup does not happen to avoid losing files in case of system failure or accidental loss of many files.
Manage multiple computers
With an iDrive personal account you can back up unlimited number of computers into the cloud space you have purchased.
To monitor the backup status of multiple computers
Cities: Skylines use the grass texture to fill the map where there is no water or rock. The desert theme replaces the green color of the grass with light brown. So the “grass” texture is still the background on the map, but the color is not green.
The ground resources tool is able to paint fertile land, but it also uses the grass texture. The tool can paint ore, so if we change the texture of ore to green grass, we can paint green areas in the desert.
To paint grass in a desert-themed game, create a new theme with green grass as the texture for ore.
Create a texture file, or download one from the internet.
Error message about duplicate prefab name during game loading
If autosave is enabled in the asset editor, and you open an existing asset to create a new one based on it, autosave can save the work-in-progress asset as an autosave file. When you load the next game you may get the error message:
An error occurred Broken asstes: Custom assets: …_Data: Duplicate prefab name [BrokenAssetException]
Delete the AutoSave.crp file from the “C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Colossal Order\Cities_Skylines\Addons\Assets” directory.
As I use Cities: Skylines I want to share tips and tricks I learn while I build my maps and cities.
The Cities: Skylines game use multiple units to display elevations and distances.
Lowest elevation (0 meters)
Road segment length 1 unit = 8 meters
Road segment start
Fine Road Tool mod
Precision engineering mod
Lowest elevation (0 meters)
The Landscaping tool’s Level Terrain feature shows the elevation in units, relative to elevation 0. The original ground level is at 60 unit elevation.
The Roads tool displays the road segment lengths in units. 1 unit is 8 meters.
On the Options page of Klyte’s Fine Road Tool mod set the units to metric or imperial units.
The Precision Engineering mod shows the road segment length and elevation in meters relative to the original ground level of 60 units. Press the Shift key to see this extra information.
Water sources in games
In the map editor, you can add water sources to your maps. Once you start your city, the original game does not have the means to add more water sources. Subscribe to Boody Pinguin’s Extra Landscaping Tools mod to add water sources in your games.
In the map editor you can set the sea level by typing a number, the mod in the city only uses the mouse to drag the sea level up and down. To set the level more precisely
Use the Landscaping Tool’s Level Terrain feature to create a small flat top island in the sea.
Select the Water tool, and select the Move Sea Level option.
Move the mouse up and down to set the water level to the top of the island.
Containing waste water pollution
When you discharge waste water to lakes and the sea, it can pollute the drinking water supply. Place a water source with the water level lower than the lake or sea level. It creates a drain to generate a current and remove the pollution.
If the traffic is too dense, turn on vehicle despanning. When the vehicles arrive to their destination they disappear.
Subscribe and activate the TM:PE (Traffic Manager: President Edition ) mod
On the top of the screen click the TM:PE Main menu button (looks like a traffic light)
In the upper right corner of the window click the Toggle automatic vehicle despawning button to turn on despawning.
I wanted to recreate the Los Angeles Pacific Electric Railway system based on the 1947 system map in Cities: Skylines. Los Angeles at the beginning of the 20th century had hundreds of miles of electric street cars connecting downtown LA with the surrounding cities.
The map also contains Santa Catalina Island in approximate position and shape. If you want to build Avalon, you need to do some terraforming to make room for the casino, the harbor, and the rest of the city. I have not added any sandy beaches on the main land and the island, it is a fun project to recreate them with the terraforming tool. The reservoirs and rivers don’t have water sources to avoid flooding if you block any of the rivers during construction. If you want to get water from them, use Boody Pinguin’s Extra Landscaping Tools mod to add water sources.
Get historic vehicles
Subscribe to -Historic/Veteran Vehicles- No’s all in one at https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=495877905
Disable the default (modern) vehicles
Follow the instructions at https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=453245152
Install the Advanced Vehicle Options mod from
In the Content Manager activate the mod
Start the game
In the lower right corner click the Advanced Vehicle Options button
For each vehicle set the Allow this vehicle to spawn checkbox.
Export the vehicle configuration if you want to be able to import it into other cities. It will be saved at C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Colossal Order\Cities_Skylines\AdvancedVehicleOptions_VehicleData.xml
When you start a new city in Cities: Skylines even if you have the 81 tiles mod installed, the map only shows one tile. To unlock all tiles
Before opening the city
Install the 81 tiles mod
Start a new city
Press ESC to open the menu
In the Mods settings section click the 81 tiles item
Click the Unlock all tiles for free button
When the 81 tiles mod is installed, it is very important to exit to the Desktop every time you switch between cities or editors, otherwise, you will get errors in the game. Always select Quit game to Desktop. Returning to the Desktop clears the memory for a fresh start for the next session.