01-06-2009 02:28 PM
My computer crashed and my database seems to be stored on my hard drive as an ADF file. I need to import this database into ACT but it will not let me. How do I import an ADF file into ACT?
01-08-2009 06:19 AM
02-13-2009 12:58 PM
02-15-2009 01:34 PM
ACT 6 was based on a form of Foxpro and the DBF table held the contact data.
When ACT 7 (2005) was released it was a complete rewrite of ACT in SQL as are all subsequent releases.
There is no way of saving an SQL database as a Foxpro database that ACT 6 would recognize.
You need to look at what version of ACT you had on your machine and reinstall the same version. From the file extension you mention it will be one of the SQL ACT release. Once installed the files you need from the old machine are .ADF .ALF and the Folder -Database Files, all will have the prefix of the database name.
Next start ACT and then select File, Open Database, Change File Type and select .ADF Browse to where you put the database files and this will open ACT and form a new .PAD file.
12-14-2010 09:46 AM
I have recently downloaded Sage Act! Pro 2011 and am trying to open a database created in a previous version of the program. When trying to open the file I get a message saying "the .ALF file cannot be found. This is not a valid ACT! database." Is there anyway to convert this to an .ALF file using the new program?
Thanks in advance.
12-14-2010 09:50 AM
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12-14-2010 11:32 AM
The ADF file is the actual data file, that's the good news. You need the ALF file which is a looking file along with the ADF file to open or convert the database, that's the bad news. Our database repair service can create a new ALF file for your ADF file so your data isn't lost. Another option is if you have a current backup you could restore that.
12-14-2010 11:59 AM
When you say if I have a current backup I could restore that, what do you mean by current back up? Is that the ADF file? If so, I do have that - can you point me to the directions to proceed that way?
I assume the database repair service charges a fee to create the ALF file?
12-14-2010 02:25 PM
I was referring to a backup that you made with the ACT! program. Otherwise you need both the ADF and the ALF to open the database. You also should have the supplemental files for any custom layouts, templates, etc.