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Opening Act database on my new laptoop

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Opening Act database on my new laptoop

My laptop crashed on me, but I was able to copy over my Act database and files to an external hard drive.  On my new laptop I tried copying over the .PAD file and the database files.  When I tried open the database in Act I get a message that I need to share the database.  I'm not really trying to share the database, I just want to run a local instance of it on my laptop.  Help please!  Thx.

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Re: Opening Act database on my new laptoop

You need the ADF and ALF files for the database.  The PAD file is just a pointer file that looks for the ADF.  After you copy the ADF/ALF files, delete the PAD file and open the ADF file in ACT!.  This will rebuild the PAD file for  you with correct information.

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Re: Opening Act database on my new laptoop

I think I may have not copied those file over.  =/  Is there a way I could recreate them?

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Re: Opening Act database on my new laptoop

Take a look at these steps.

http://www.acttrainer.com/moving-an-act-database-to-another-machine-when-there-is-no-backup/\

 

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Re: Opening Act database on my new laptoop

Thanks for hour help. Unfortunately I did not copy over the adf/alf file. Is there a workaround for this?
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Re: Opening Act database on my new laptoop

The ADF/ALF files are your database. If you have a backup of the database from the ACT! program you can do a restore as to install the database on the new computer.

Roy Laudenslager
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