03-21-2008 07:02 AM
03-21-2008 09:57 AM
03-21-2008 10:22 AM
03-21-2008 11:40 AM
@Royel wrote:A backup of the ACT! database would be a ZIP file. I have no idea what might be in a BAK file or how to extract it.
03-21-2008 11:42 AM
a BAK file could be a SQL Backup of the database. But to do that, you need to have access on the SQL Instance by using the SA Password.
What I'd try is to restore the BAK file in a local SQL Instance. When the database is restored, you should have the ADF and the ALF files. Detach your database from the local instance, and open the ADF file with Act to rebuild other files and folders (PAD file, database-files folder,..)
But if it is the case (SQL Backup), that means that the backup contains the database only, not all associated files like attachments or layout!
03-21-2008 11:58 AM
03-22-2008 06:49 PM
Roy, I think, if it's an earlier version database, you can't just restore and convert (wish it did)... unless this has changed with ACT! 2008, you need steps like this ACT! Knowldge Base article for ACT! 2007 - http://tinyurl.com/236p29
Royel wrote:There is a trial version of ACT! available, check the Knowledge Base for document ID 21988. I would suggest that you use the ACT! 2008 Premium EX version and then do a Restore As. If it is an earlier version, it will update to ACT! 2008. However, unless you know the user name and password for the database, you won't be able to do the restore.
08-27-2008 12:08 PM
I've got exactly the same problem. I've got .bak files but no zip file. i cant get ACT V10 to load the file. I don't know how i managed to cause the problem, but my original machine has died and i ned to get my file working again. Also i have no idea about how to get SQL 2005 to work around the problem as mentioned above. If anyone can help sort the problem i'll pay them for their time! desparate.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thanks
09-02-2008 05:03 AM
Your best bet might be to get a local Consultant from this list - www.act.com/acc
Make sure you ask them if they know how to access SQL or even point them to this thread before commissioning them. Not all ACCs are technical at that level.