Microsoft Flight Simulator X (10)

I have Microsoft FlightSimulator X (10) and completed most of the "missions".     I currently run the program on a laptop (Dell E1505) with a 60GB harddrive.  

At this time, I'm considering formatting my harddrive and reloading my machine.   Before I do so, I want to make sure that I backup all "mission files" so that I don't need to start from scratch once I reloaded Flight Simulator.   Does anyone know where the "completed mission file(s)" are stored?    And what are they called (incl. file extension)?

Also, I'm considering purchasing an external harddrive onto which I'd load FlightSimulator.   If doing so, would I have to expect a performance decrease due the the program being on an external drive?

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The folder you are loooking for is “My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files”

The "Missions" folder contains the flight (.flt) file, flight plan (.pln) file (if you have one), weather (.wx) file, and mission (.xml) file.

Copy it to a backup location and then always check that FSX can open it OK before deleting the originals (especially if you've invested a fw hours in the flight).

If you have the current Inspiron E1505 you'll have a 5,400 rpm SATA drive, the laptop supports USB 2.0 so a USB external drive will probably have a slight delay in comparison.  Get the fastest transfer rate you can afford and, although it reduces portability, consider onwe with external power which will also improve performance.
ExpExchHelpAuthor Commented:

thanks for the feedback... I only have 7 files (no subfolders) in the directory “My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files”.

I've just reflown (and purposely failed) the "Telluride" mission.   Then, I flew it again (successfully).   The only file (of those 7) that has an updated DateTimeStamp is the "LogBook" (BIN file type).

Now, on the C drive, I've also checked for "Missions" and located the following folder:
"C:\Program Files\Downloaded Programs\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Missions\Pilot for Hire\Telluride".  

All existing files have not changed since 2006.   Is there another location that stores the missions?

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