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PC I need help my map is missing


I need help today my world file was missing and there was a blank file I entered and it crashed now everytime i create one it makes it like the old one Crimson is auto picked like my old map so is there anyway to recover the map I tried already to check my worlds file and there is nothing there even in the previous versions of it I re-installed terraria but it still does that thing the map was on the steam cloud so I don't know what do do plese help me I really want my map back. Something strange that also happened was that the game resetted my graphic and cursor settings.

Grumpy Squid

Systems Administrator
Staff member
Unfortunately there isn't much that can be done to recover corrupted files. Here's your options:

There are a plethora of reasons files of missing or get corrupted, it could have been a hardware issue, an operating system issue, a user error, a software confliction or some other software issue. Sometimes it's just plain unavoidable. That's why it's highly recommended to keep manual backups of your files after each play session for Terraria. You can copy the World and Characters folders to other location or an external drive. The default location is \Documents\My Games\Terraria.
1. Check the Steam Data Folder: While sometimes the steam cloud can be the very thing to cause the issue, it might also be the very thing that ends up saving you. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\STEAM ACCOUNT NUMBER\105600\remote (the steam account number is going to be a collection of random numbers and it will be different for each person. Most likely you will only see one folder so click whichever one shows up.) and see if your files are there.

If this did not solve your problem, or it does not apply to you move to step 2

2. Recover your files from the .bak files: Located in Terraria's default save location which is \Documents\My Games\Terraria you should see a worlds and player folder. Click on whichever folder that applies to you and see if there are any .bak files of your old or missing characters. Simply rename the file extension to .plr if it is a player file or .wld if it is a world file.

If this did not solve your problem, or it does not apply to you move to step 3

3. Revert to a previous version: Sometimes when your character or world gets corrupted the file remains in it's respective default save folder but is simply unusable by the game. You can revert to an earlier version of the file so that you don't lose ALL your progress. Using this method some of your progress will still be lost. First navigate to either \Documents\My Games\Terraria\Worlds or \Documents\My Games\Terraria\Players depending on what kind of file was corrupted. Right click the file and select properties. Now select the "Previous Versions" tab and see if anything is there. If so select the version you wish to revert to, click it, and then click restore.

If you are using Windows 8 or 10 then previous versions won't be available unless you enabled it beforehand.

As for why your settings reset, it means that your config.json was deleted.
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