How to Find and Manage Your Skyrim Special Edition Data Folder
If you are a fan of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, you may want to customize your game with mods, tweaks, or save files. To do that, you need to know how to find and manage your Skyrim Special Edition data folder, where all these files are stored. In this article, we will show you how to locate your data folder, what files it contains, and how to backup, restore, or delete them safely.
Where is Your Skyrim Special Edition Data Folder
Your Skyrim Special Edition data folder is located in your Steam library folder, which is usually in C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common. Inside this folder, you will see a subfolder named Skyrim Special Edition. This is where your game files are installed. To access your data folder, open this subfolder and look for another subfolder named Data. This is your Skyrim Special Edition data folder.
You can also find your data folder by right-clicking on Skyrim Special Edition in your Steam library, selecting Properties, clicking on the Local Files tab, and then clicking on the Browse Local Files button. This will open your game installation folder in a new window. From there, you can navigate to the Data subfolder.
What Files are in Your Skyrim Special Edition Data Folder
Your Skyrim Special Edition data folder contains various files that are essential for your game to run properly. These include:
Skyrim.esm: This is the main master file that contains all the data for the base game.
Update.esm: This is the update file that contains bug fixes and patches for the base game.
Dawnguard.esm, HearthFires.esm, and Dragonborn.esm: These are the master files for the official DLCs that add new content and features to the game.
Skyrim - Textures.bsa, Skyrim - Meshes.bsa, Skyrim - Animations.bsa, etc.: These are the archive files that contain the textures, meshes, animations, sounds, scripts, and other resources for the game.
Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini: These are the configuration files that store your game settings and preferences.
Saves: This is a subfolder that contains your save files. Each save file has a .ess extension and a corresponding .skse file if you use the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE).
Mods: This is a subfolder that contains your mod files. Each mod file has an .esp or .esm extension and may also have associated .bsa, .ini, or .txt files. Some mods may also create their own subfolders inside the data folder.
SKSE: This is a subfolder that contains the files for SKSE, which is a tool that enhances the scripting capabilities of the game and allows many mods to work.
ENB: This is a subfolder that contains the files for ENB, which is a graphical enhancement mod that improves the lighting, shadows, colors, and effects of the game.
Crash Dumps: This is a subfolder that contains the crash dump files that are aa16f39245