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Problems with backing up and restoring databases and character fields

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  • Problems with backing up and restoring databases and character fields

    I want to have the database to be on the network drive instead of on
    the individual computers. The problems we are having are that with
    both of us working on the data base at the same time one of us will
    work on something and then back up the database and then the other one
    will also be working on something and then back up the database and
    override what the first one backed up so they loose what the first one
    was working on. We want to some how make it where they can both backup
    their changes without loosing anything that was already backed up. Any ideas on how to accomplish this would be appreciated.

    Another question that has come up is why does a name with a suffix such as Robert II show up as Robert Ii in a character field when its been typed in with two capital i's and the format style is set to none? Thank you.

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    Re: Problems with backing up and restoring databases and character fields

    Hi Cassie,
    Welcome to Alpha.
    I want to have the database to be on the network drive
    Well do just that and have the second machine running the application with the data on the server.

    For Robert II, change the format style to Word.
    Keith Hubert
    Alpha Guild Member
    KHDB Management Systems
    Skype = keith.hubert

    For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


    • #3
      Re: Problems with backing up and restoring databases and character fields

      Cassie, I think Keith is on the right track. Let me supplement his recommendation with a few details.

      The problem you describe suggests that the database is currently located on both machines. You backup your database to a folder, perhaps on a different machine. So does the other workstation. The second backup overwrites the first. The problem occurs. Might this be what's happening?

      If so, put the database in a single folder on a single machine. Open Alpha Five from the Start menu, and then use the menu File, then Open Database to open the database from the new network location. Do the same thing for the second workstation. It should open the same database in the new network location.

      The new location for the database should be in a folder that permits others on the network to make changes. i.e. it needs to be "shared" with both workstations.

      Make these changes (after first making your own good backup), then let us know how things go.

      -- tom