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    Put Alpha5 on new computor

    Hi: I am using Alpha5 on my old computor. I would like to move all data and forms onto the new computor.
    How do I do this?
    I have installed Alpha5 on the new computor, now I need the data. After this is done I want to uninstall Alpha5 from from the old computer.
    Can I copy files to a floppy, and what files?

    Thanks for your help.

    RE: Put Alpha5 on new computor

    If you started you application in it's own folder, just copy the files to a floppy and transfer to the new computer again into a folder dedicated to the the application.

    If the application is mixed with your Alpha 5 program (not a good idea) you'll need the dbf,fpt and cdx files (your data and indexes) the ddd,ddm,ddx files for you tables and the set,sem,sex files for your sets and the adb,alb,alm,alx files for your application.


      RE: Put Alpha5 on new computor

      As an addition to what Ohlen said, if you have Winzip (if you don't, you ought to get it)zip the file to the floppy rather than on your C drive. If you need more than one floppy, Winzip will handle that just fine.

      Another idea is to keep your old computer and hook up to the new one with an home networking system, about $100. Easy to set up and it allows you to have another hard drive for backup. You can simply copy the files form the old computer to the new by dragging and dropping. Absol;ute piece of cake (any flavor you want). Works great for me and best of all, my wife can be on the net playing a game or two and I can be on the net crusin on the mesage board at the same time. Now, there's no more complaining I don't spend enough time with her.

      TYVM :) kenn

      Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


        RE: Put Alpha5 on new computor

        Hi Ken,

        >>if you have Winzip (if you don't, you ought to get it)


          RE: Put Alpha5 on new computor

          Hi Board:

          Have you ever tried this, Zip up your files, attach them to an e-mail and send them to yourself! Open your ISP and your e-mail and download the zip files to your new computer or any computer! It works I do it all the time!


            RE: Put Alpha5 on new computor

            Hi Jim,

            Ahhhh, summer in the northwoods!!!

            Yes, it doesn't have to be winzip but a good zipper upper.

            TYVM :) kenn

            Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


              RE: Put Alpha5 on new computor

              Hi Bob,

              Your idea is better than mine and much easier. No disks to mess with.


              TYVM :) kenn

              Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


                RE: Put Alpha5 on new computor

                Herbert...Just went thru this and utilized the CompactFlash Card from my digital camera! ALL the files went onto it in very large chunks - versus 1.44MB for a floppy. Transferred about 300MBs of data in minutes using a USB-connected SanDisk Flash Card Reader in the new machine and a parallel Reader connected on the old computer. Email transfer, FTP to my website, & modem to modem took forever by comparison. (Each costs about $35. Memory cards available in small & very large sizes @ - you do NOT need the camera at all.) Up until then, I never realized the FlashCard memory accepted this kind of files! Transferring by drag & drop proposition even retained the directory structure...Best of luck - Denny