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Where are ACT data files typically kept?

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I did a format, and forgot to backup ACT. Where are the database file for ACT usually kept? I'm trying to see If I can locate them after the fact. Also, what extention should I be looking for?

 

I do see files with the extention ADF, ALF and PAD, and the front filename is the name of the company. Could this be it?

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

Chaz

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Re: Where are ACT data files typically kept?

Yeah, that'd be them, .ADF and .ALF are the database and .PAD is "pointer to ACT! database".  You can safely junk the .PAD file and open the DB via the .ADF the first time and it will recreate a new .PAD for you on the formatted computer.

 

By default, they're in your My Documents folder under Act\Act for Windows X (where X is the number of the version you're using, 11, 12, etc.)

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Re: Where are ACT data files typically kept?

Yeah, that'd be them, .ADF and .ALF are the database and .PAD is "pointer to ACT! database".  You can safely junk the .PAD file and open the DB via the .ADF the first time and it will recreate a new .PAD for you on the formatted computer.

 

By default, they're in your My Documents folder under Act\Act for Windows X (where X is the number of the version you're using, 11, 12, etc.)

Len Kamerman
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http://actsoftware.training
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You'll also want the "databasename-database files" folder.  It contains your attachments, layouts, reports, and templates for the database.
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Re: Where are ACT data files typically kept?

Thank you both very much!

 

Chaz

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Re: Where are ACT data files typically kept?

I installed 2011 I was using 2010 Install did not make a Mydocs/act/actwindows13 folder.
Shouold I make one and dragmy data in?  Right now it will not start I have to start ACT click click then go click on my pad file then back to ACT to log in...

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Re: Where are ACT data files typically kept?

Hello Structures,

Welcome to the Act! Online Community!

 

With Act! 2011 the folder naming convention is now 'Act Data' instead of 'Act for Windows ##'.  Having your database in the 'Act for Windows 12' folder should not be a problem. 

 

The Act! Preferences should be retaining the location of the last opened database.  To double check the setting, go to Tools > Preferences > Start Up tab > click on Start Up Database button.  Here you can choose the database that will open or have it set to 'Last Opened'.

 

 

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