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Restoring Back-up Data on New Computer ?

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Country: Canada

Restoring Back-up Data on New Computer ?

Hello,

 

Could anyone tell me how to restore backed up data on to a new computer.  My old computer had a hardrive failure.  So, I had to download another ACT 2012 version onto another computer.  I am trying to: 1. Find the orginal data copied (mass storage) onto my external drive; and 2. Load the backed-up data.  I cannot locate the data anywhere (just empty folders).

 

Many thanks,

 

Steve

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Posts: 5,275
Country: USA

Re: Restoring Back-up Data on New Computer ?

Hello SteveR,
Welcome to the Sage ACT! Online Community!

If you don't have a backup file created through the Sage ACT! backup function, you will need to look for these files:
- 'databasename'.ADF
- 'databasename'.ALF
- "'databasename'-database files" folder

Copy these 3 items to a folder on the new computer, launch Sage ACT! > select Open Database > change 'Files of type' to ADF > locate/select ADF and open. It will create a new PAD file for the database.

Greg Martin
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Country: Canada

Re: Restoring Back-up Data on New Computer ?

Hi Greg,

 

Thanks for your response.  Is there a way that I can ACT databases (of unknown name) from my back-up external hard drive?  I typically do a mass storage back up on my western digital unit.  How does this affect ACT database information.  Am I able to identify, retrieve, and restore it?

 

Thank you,

 

Steve

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Posts: 6,652
Country: USA

Re: Restoring Back-up Data on New Computer ?

Much depends on how you did the backup. If it was using the ACT! backup it would be a ZIP file with your database name. If you did the backup using a form of a copy command and you didn't stop the SQL server first then the database files wouldn't be copied. The most important files have the extensions ADF and ALF.

Roy Laudenslager
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