Cant find assassins creed 3 game file anywhere!!! help plz
I just downloaded assassins creed 3 on my pc. My problem is that I had my ssd set up just for my OS and mainly just a couple of files and my 1tb hdd as my main for all my games and big files. Most of the game is on the right hdd but when the game first got done downloading and the game unpacked all the rar. files I seen they went onto my c: drive not E where they should have been going. Didn't bother changing them I thought Oh well I can just go in and move that folder and files over to the E drive instead but their literally nowhere on there!! I've looked through almost every single file on my ssd with no luck. My ssd is only 120gb and it took close to 15gb away leaving me with only 63gb left to use on it so If anyone knows where to look to find these files or can try and help put my in the right direction it would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks.
HEXiT said:toms does not condone or encourage piracy so there is no help here...
Eh... I'm not sure what age you live in but the main method for distributing video games these days is DIGITAL distribution which involves DOWNLOADING games. I don't see why you would assume immediately that he pirated the game..?
jdmfreek said:Piracy? I didn't pirate the game It was free download from ubisoft for buying a gtx670 gpu new. I downloaded the game through ubisoft downloader and i'm just looking for help on finding the file is all.
Regarding your initial problem, I don't think it will be as easy as moving the AC3 folder to another HDD, even if you could find it. The Ubisoft program is a bit like Steam in that when you download a game through it, it usually installs it in the same place that the Ubisoft program is installed. And if you simply copied and pasted the AC3 folder, your registry entries for the game would most likely be incorrect as it would be pointing to where the game was initially installed. Are you able to run the game and everything?
jdmfreek said:If it helps at all my ubisoft downloader and launcher are both installed on the E drive (the 1tb hdd) not the C drive So I don't understand why it even downloaded to the C drive in the first place.
Apologies, I saw this post too late, please disregard my last post.
Can you try and uninstall the current AC3 and install it again and perhaps specify it to install on your E drive?
I actually tried to move the location to the E drive before it even went to C drive but it would not let me change in the downloader to the E drive for some odd reason. That is why I kept it at C and just hoped that I could later on find it and move it over to E. Yes the game works perfectly fine It's just driving me insane that it's taking up close to 16gb of space on my main hdd and It's not even showing anywhere on it, or atleast that I can find.
jdmfreek said:rene13cross My steam account is set up on my E drive just like the ubisoft downloader and player is and all my steam games download to my E drive no problem. This is why I'm so confused as to why I can't get it to just download to E or even find it on C at all.
That's really odd. It definitely should have installed it on your E drive.
Although this is not really a solution, but you could just play through the game and once your done, uninstall it..?
you all better check your facts. ubi downloads dont come in rar format. they come as a single executable and occasionally with cab files. (feel free to google it or better still get in touch with ubi as the guy asking should have done, after all if they sold him the game they would provide any answers to questions he has on the customer support).
so my reply stands.
i know full well that direct to drive is a popular way to get software but no distributer uses winrar to compress or extract there games.
they either install directly from a cache file wich is a proprietary format. or they download the files as they would be presented on disk in uncompressed files and folders...
It downloaded as 26 different files off of the ubi downloader. When it was done and I installed it it also installed 26 files. I'm not particularly sure if the files were rar. files I just couldn't think of the names of any other type of file. Soooo in order to try and explain what was happening I just simply put that (the rar. files that I downloaded). You don't need to be all rude about it (check your facts) ha. I won't even try and work with ubi because it took them 12 days and a crap load of emails just to give me the activation key that they supposedly sent me in an email that was never given to me. Is it that big of a problem that I came to this site for help? Isn't that why this site is even up to try and help other people and join a community?
Also rene13cross I actually completely uninstalled the assassins creed 3 game files and the 16gb it took up was still on that hdd somewhere? I couldn't find it anywhere so I ended up just completely re-format my ssd and re-installing my OS because that file literally was nowhere that I could possibly find. I will try and re download it again and this time before the file even starts to download I will try and start it on the E drive instead of letting it go to C. If it won't let me then I just simply won't play that game because I feel that is completely retarded that It won't let me choose where I want to send the files..
jdmfreek said:It downloaded as 26 different files off of the ubi downloader. When it was done and I installed it it also installed 26 files. I'm not particularly sure if the files were rar. files I just couldn't think of the names of any other type of file. Soooo in order to try and explain what was happening I just simply put that (the rar. files that I downloaded). You don't need to be all rude about it (check your facts) ha. I won't even try and work with ubi because it took them 12 days and a crap load of emails just to give me the activation key that they supposedly sent me in an email that was never given to me. Is it that big of a problem that I came to this site for help? Isn't that why this site is even up to try and help other people and join a community?
fair enough.. better to use a generic term like compressed files or archives. as rar is often used to spread pirated software and never used with sold software from games companies... so i was being fair when i said dont ask for help for pirated software.
i checked my ac3 download and yes there are 26 files.
if you want to find out where a file has been put use an app like http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/ it will show all files hidden or not on every drive you choose.
it will list your folders in order of size you will often find that ubi files are downloaded into the C:\Users\youraccount\AppData\Local
to either the ubidownloader folder which can be deleted as soon as the game is finished downloading and installed. there is little you can do about this. or a temp folder. either way the above will find it for you.
I came upon this thread because I as well as the OP have ran into this issue and googled the issue to find this thread.
I purchased an NVidia Geforce GTX 650 Ti on Newegg. At the time of purchase(mid December 2012) the graphics card had a limited time offer for Assassins Creed 3 game free with purchase. The graphics card was delivered with a small paper in the package that contains a code in the fashion of a 24 digit CD key. The paper tells you to go to www.GeForce.com/freeassassinscreed3 and follow some steps to get your game. After following these steps you receive a 9 digit free AC3 code through the mail and are forwarded to the AC3 purchase page on the Ubisoft store. After "purchase" of the game you receive a download manager file that upon download completion will download 23(wasn't 26 or 25 for me) .rar(yes that is correct, these ARE .rar files, there is no purpose to argue here HEXiT) files and 1 setup application file(exe). You can download these .rar and app files with the download manager to any drive you would like, BUT after these files are downloaded from the download manager onto your hard drive, the setup file will extract these .rar files to be used for installing AC3 onto your computer without allowing you to choose where it will extract to.
After disassembling the setup application file to possibly change the directory that the setup application will write to, I realized they were using system libraries to write to the C:\User\sdrrust\AppData\Local\Temp directory. So the issue is that they force the extraction to this "Temp" directory. You cannot change the location of the AppData directory by selecting the directories properties and changing its location(so in turn you can't do this for the "Temp" directory since it is a subdirectory of AppData) but you can change the location of the Temp directory a different way. In fact, this is very useful to do not just for this specific case, but also for the general purpose of using a SSD for your windows operating system and a HDD for your games/programs/etc. because writing to the SSD(temp directory in your C drive) is harmful to the life span of your SSD.
TLDR: explanation for OP's questions and how this "free AC3 process works", and HEXiT's misunderstanding. Ubisoft did use .rar files, and you don't even need winrar to extract them because Ubisoft provides its own extraction software for the extraction process.
!!!So, the fix? This works on Windows 7, can't speak for any other version of Windows!!!
Go to the desktop.
Hold the windows key+pause/break.
On the left side of the newly opened window click on "Advanced system settings", A new window should open called "System Properties".
Under the "Advanced" tab, click on "Environment Variables...".
In the "User variables for jdmfreek" field, you should see the variable "TEMP".
Edit its value from "C:\User\sdrrust\AppData\Local\Temp" to something like "E:\User\sdrrust\AppData\Local\Temp", or what ever directory you prefer(I used the directory in my example).
Now go back to your assassins creed setup application file and start the extraction, You will find what you need.
After the extraction, you will be prompted for the installation process where you finally can deal with a normal installation wizard we all are familiar with. This time you can specify the destination directory for the actual assassins creed 3 files for the game.
MY FINAL NOTES: The downloaded files were all ~716MB each, with the exclusion of 1 rar file, so that is ~16.7GB of .rar files and one application file(exe). After this setup application completes, you get about ~15.3GB extracted into your ..\Temp\AC3 folder. Then there is the final installation process which needs 16.6 GB of space. That's a total of ~48.6 GB of needed space just to install the game and ~31.9 GB needed at any given instance of the installation process. This is absolutely ridiculous! I'm thinking Ubisoft doesn't like to spend much money/time catering to the porting of the DVD-Rom format of the game to digital distribution. Not to long ago(1 month) I was sporting a single 80GB hard drive, which in reality only has 74.3GB after formatting, and after Windows 7 being installed I had ~50GB, then after the necessary software(antivirus, web browsers, extractors, temperature of hardware reading software, network card software, drivers, microsoft office, etc.) I'd have ~45GB(~40GB after work related stuff being installed) available, so trying to install AC3, after having any other video games installed would have been a nightmare of uninstalling/installing/re-installing. Thankfully today I have over a TB of hard drive space!
You did good not contacting Ubisoft OP and instead coming here for questions, because Ubisoft is known for terrible customer support and making things difficult for those who purchase their software, such as this little issue we both ran into.
HEXiT, there was no indication that OP pirated anything, I hope you realize that .rar files don't automatically indicate piracy. If he did pirate the game I'm thinking he wouldn't have posted his question here, but on a forum or chat system on the website he downloaded it from and since this website doesn't "condone piracy" I think its fair to assume he didn't pirate the game. BTW, thanks for the link to that nifty tool in your last post!
EDITED FOR FORMATTING/READABILITY
I finally got the game running. I ran into a little hiccup after I got the game installed. What happened was that, Ubisoft games require intermediate software to organize all your games that were published by Ubisoft (similar to the steam software), called "UPlay". After signing into an account I hardly remember creating about a year ago, I tried to start playing AC3, UPlay asked me for a CD-key. Well, I thought they wanted the 24 digit promotion code that I received with my graphics card, but that was considered an invalid CD-Key. Then I assumed they wanted me to use the 9 digit code that NVidia emailed me when I activated the 24 digit Promo code, this also didn't work. So, after a little bit of research I found this: http://ubisoft-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17519/~/invalid-cd-key-issues-for-assassins-creed-iii and read how they are expecting a 19 digit CD-key, which I didn't think I had. Well turns out, when I used the 9 digit code, to purchase the AC3 game for free through Ubisoft's website, I created a new UPlay account tied to an email I hardly use and after purchase, they emailed me that 19 digit CD-Key.
So through this entire process of the "free Assassin's Creed 3 upon purchase of an NVidia GTX series", you received a 24 digit promotion code in the mail, a 9 digit free game code from NVidia, and finally a 19 digit CD-Key received through email after purchase, to activate the already installed AC3 through UPlay. I finally have the game running and I'm happy to have suffered through this process so that I can shed some light on some possible frustrations others may experience, and if they read this thread they can figure out what is going on. I'm sure there are other issues other people are having.
Also for those of you who want to delete the files that are extracted into the Temp directory, after installing the game, and cannot find the files, you may have one of your directories containing the extracted files set to "hidden", to view these hidden directories(Windows 7):
Go to Start->Control Panel and search "folder".
Click on "Show hidden files and folders".
Close to the top, look for "Hidden files and folders".
Check the bubble/box that says "Show hidden files, folders and drives".
Now you should be able to get to the directory that the files are being extracted to.
NOTE: You can delete the 16.7GB of .rar files and .exe file after extraction is complete. Then you can delete the 15.3 GB of extracted .CAB, etc. files after the installation is complete.