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Where are databases located?

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Posts: 3
Country: USA

Where are databases located?

I copied the "ACT" folder in "my document" to back up my database. Then my computer chrased. I re-installed it, but the database in the "ACT" folder I had saved turned out to be an older version. I have no idea where the new version may reside, or if I am simply missing some files, i.e. in the C: directory...

 

Any clue?

Platinum Elite Contributor
Posts: 14,384
Country: Australia

Re: Where are databases located?

The database can be anywhere you want ... the default will depend on the operating system and ACT! version.

Do a search for ADF ... should find it.

But, you won't be able to copy the file unless you stop the SQL services first.
New Member
Posts: 3
Country: USA

Re: Where are databases located?

Thanks, down under! I guess I screwed up. There was an error message, when I copied the folder. I did not think anything of it, but I guess i failed to copy the active database. It's all gone in never never land now...

Platinum Elite Contributor
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Country: Australia

Re: Where are databases located?

Platinum Elite Contributor
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Re: Where are databases located?

As a tip for the future, I like to use Dropbox.com
Then use the ACT! Scheduler to automatically create backups in the Dropbox folder ... this gives an easy "off-site" backup that you can use to recover.
New Member
Posts: 3
Country: USA

Re: Where are databases located?

No, this was the original computer and I made all my backups manually, by copying the folder containing the database. This used to work with Act 3, which I used for the longest time. Then I upgraded to Act 2010 and did not realize things had changed in the meantime... My old fashioned backup technique does not seem to work any longer. Luckily, I still have an older version, with a lot of info, so I did not loose everything... I'll be more careful in the future.

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