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  • can .dbf be recreated

    Due to an employee ignoring safe email practices, a client of mine has been crippled by the CryptoLocker virus.
    This has effectively encrypted the .dbf files, but has left other items (specifically code) alone.

    Is there a way to recreate just the .dbf file, without disturbing all the other files associated with the database/tables ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code

  • #2
    Re: can .dbf be recreated

    Not sure what you're asking. Easy enough to delete the locked dbf (I assume it is deleteable) in windows explorer. Creating a new dbf in Alpha should not cause any issues with the support files except that the index will be out of sync. Reindexing should fix that. The new table will, of course, not have any records in it.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: can .dbf be recreated

      Thank you Stan...I think that's actually what I was looking for.
      Gregg is a great site to test and share sql code


      • #4
        Re: can .dbf be recreated

        Be careful if there are memo files associated.
        Dave Mason
        Skype is dave.mason46


        • #5
          Re: can .dbf be recreated

          Should have said......

          Creating a new dbf in Alpha in the same directory as the original dbf where the support files are found...........

          Some folks have multiple locations involved.
          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: can .dbf be recreated

            Good point on the memo files. If there are memo fields in the table the .fpt should be deleted with the .dbf. Recreating the dbf with memo field(s) will recreate the fpt.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              Re: can .dbf be recreated

              Is there a way to get the table definitions from the other files (I want to say dictionary, but I'm thinking that's wrong)?
     is a great site to test and share sql code


              • #8
                Re: can .dbf be recreated


                See the documentation for Alpha Five file types. The dbf contains the structure information. The documentation will also tell you where the field rules, layouts, etc are stored.
                There can be only one.


                • #9
                  Re: can .dbf be recreated

                  thank you Stan.
         is a great site to test and share sql code


                  • #10
                    Re: can .dbf be recreated

                    Gregg, get a copy of A5.Doc. It will save you a lot of heartache.
                    Or, you could do what I did (with young Mr Mathews help) build a DD which can replicate a data set.
                    See our Hybrid Option here;