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help reload/backup

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!

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Re: help reload/backup

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)

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Re: help reload/backup

thanks for the fast reply

 

 

can i restore my database without having the .alf file

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Re: help reload/backup

I believe that is documented the the third article i mentioned.  Is a function of hte ACT diag utility.

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Jon Klubnik| ActTrainer.com
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Country: USA

Re: help reload/backup

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.

 

 

very frustrating

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Country: USA

Re: help reload/backup

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.

Test Drive Act! and Quickbooks over Citrix http://GoTryAct.com

Jon Klubnik| ActTrainer.com
(866)710 4228

ACT! Certified Consultant / ACT! Premier Trainer / ACT! Hosting Provider