04-05-2017 01:24 AM
Please could anyone help with the following problem.
I recently left the company I was working for and wanted to make sure I hadn't left any personal files on my laptop. I carried out an internet search and followed the instructions to delete temporary files. In doing so I think I have deleted some files associated with the Act database. My employer is now accusing me of taking a copy! which I did not.
the ADF file and .alf file shows they were last modified on the date I deleted the temporary files. No other ACT folders show any activity.
I have 2 questions.
1) Is it possible that in deleting the temporary files it has somehow updated the last modified date of the ADF and .alf files
1) If I had taken a copy (which I didn't!) would this give me all the data required to somehow be able to extract the database contacts or open the database in another version of ACT?
Many thanks in advance for your help.
04-05-2017 01:49 AM
From what it sounds like you may have a remote database on you machine, if this is the case you may have deleted the Database files (Attachments/Templates). you will also need to remove the ADF/ALF files as they contain the Contact information
This article provides steps to remove the remaining files: 14139 How to delete an Act! database
If you do not have a remote database and the ADF/ALF files are not directly stored on your own PC, you should not have any concern.
04-05-2017 04:25 AM
Many thanks for your help. Sorry should have mentioned I was working on a remote database, so am not sure if this makes a big difference.
I believe they might start to get litigious and need to understand what I might have done in error.
04-05-2017 04:35 AM - edited 04-05-2017 10:03 AM
To answer another part of your question - the database files on their own would not allow access to the information they contain. (ADF and ALF)
You would need to install a version of ACT to access the files.
The fact that the date on the files was changed is not proof of any specific action.
04-05-2017 04:56 AM
Thanks ch1p, I might be forced to get verified expert advice at some point in the future, do you know of an IT company with expertise in ACT that might be able to assist me?
04-05-2017 08:55 AM
04-05-2017 09:46 AM
Thank you for the information.
Assuming I had copied them, would it be correct to say that I still wouldn't be able to get access to the contacts contained within them anyway?
04-05-2017 10:33 AM