10-10-2009 04:46 PM
My hard drive crashed (gasp), I have a back-up of my ACT 2005 database. However, I created this back-up by simply copying all of the files from my ACT folder. Now when I try to open my database (PAD) file I get the message I get the message "The database <name> could not be accessed. In order to access this database, check your network connection and verify that your database server is available. It may be necessary to disable any firewall software on your computer or the server." I do not have a Firewall enabled and my connections seem to be fine. I have the following folder in my ACT main folder: Attachments (empty), Backup (empty), Layouts (6 CLY files), Queries (empty), Reports (many ACT files), Templates (many ACT files). Please, please, please tell me there is a way to open my database. This crash has been a very "hard lesson" to learn....
10-10-2009 05:44 PM
If you copied the files while the SQL service was running, it's likely the backup won't work.
But, if it wasn't running, delete the PAD file. Then, from ACT! - File | Open
Change File Type to ADF and open the ADF file
This should re-create the PAD
For some tips on keeping backups, have a look at
10-10-2009 06:08 PM
Mike - Thank you for your quick response. When I open the ADF file I get the message "The database you are attempting to open must be verified and/or updated..." When I click okay I get the message "Database <name> already exists.> I tried renaming this ADF file to a unique name but then I get the message "Device activtation error. The physical name <file location and name> may be incorrect. Any thoughts on this? Thanks again!
10-10-2009 06:25 PM
Do not rename the database, it won't work.
Try making sure the database isn't still listed as attached to SQL as per this ACT! Knowledge Base article -