12-28-2011 07:50 PM
formated hard drive due to virus, backed up the adf and pad file for database, re-installed act 8.0, running windows 7, ran as admin
says cannot open database as it is not shared
did research--- news not encouraging
did the files i needed not all get backed up?
did not have a .zip file to restore.
is the only way im ever going to have access to the database is by trying to get data off the formated drive?
please help, offering pie or cake, your choice!
12-28-2011 08:56 PM
There are actually 3 pieces to make up a database, an alf, an ADF, and the supplemental files folder. However, if you have an intact alf and adf file, I think you may be able to get your database.
Here is a short article on ACT backups and how to do them (here)
Here is another one on moving a database to another machine when there is no backup (here)
Finally, this one talks about restoring a database without the supplemental database files (here)
12-29-2011 01:42 PM
12-30-2011 05:54 AM
i took the dbase adf file, mounted it, did a backup, got the backup then mounted the bakup and did a restore, but the dbase still gives error messages when trying to load.
did i do the procedure right? i did end up with a alf file.
i also found a old backup of the database but none of the users passwords/logins seem to want to work on it.
12-30-2011 05:57 AM
I would go the route of trying to get at one of hte backups. IT is possible your other is damaged. AT this point, you may consider a consultant or database services.