I didn't make it!
I had to reformat my computer so I made a backup of the EA games folder (hoping that I'd be able to resurrect my sims) BUT after reformating, installing the sims 2 and then transfering the backed up EA games folder into the My Documents folder (deleting the new EA Games folder) my attempt has proved fruitless! There are no saved neighbourhoods, sims characters. Has anyone successfully backed up and then restored their sims 2 folder? what am I doing wrong. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Your saved games and all other Sims 2 stuff is NOT stored in "My Computer", it is stored in My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2. So if you want to backup, backup the folder in My Documents, not My Computer.