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How do i undelete a table?

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  • How do i undelete a table?

    How do I undelete a deleted report that should not have deleted itself, in the first place?

    I duplicated a table called PACE ROSTER, and inadvertantly named the new table the same name. I then renamed one of them, to determine which one had all its forms/reports, etc. All associated forms/reports were renamed, as well.

    I then named it back to its original name, PACE ROSTER...and renamed the other PACE ROSTER. The same thing happened: all reports/forms, etc renamed themselves - in spite of having a table still intact with its original name.

    So, I deleted the erroneously named table. Now, ALL reports, forms, etc that belong to PACE ROSTER are gone.

    All the while, there was a table with the original name in tact.

    How do I get them back? I can't even find the deleted, erroneously named table. I was merely going to try to restore it, to see if the reports/forms reappear. The only reason I think deleted tables can be undeleted is because when one goes to pack a table, one is cautioned that all the deleted data will be permanently destroyed. Does that not allude to deleted files being SOMEWHERE? But where?


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    RE: How do i undelete a table?

    Wanda, Alpha lets you restore deleted records (until you pack the file) but not deleted tables....I would go to Windows Undelete and see if you can restore the files from there.

    Ray DiFazio
    [email protected]


    • #3
      RE: How do i undelete a table?

      Wanda, I don't completely understand what events took place but I'll take a shot at it! When you duplicated the original table the first time and named the new table PACE ROSTER, Alpha V would have told you that the table already exists and do you want to replace it. This is assuming you were saving it in the same directory. If this was the case, did you select to duplicate all the the options, (records, indexes, etc.) on the Duplicate Table Options card? If you did not, you may have lost them. Take a look in the directory where you keep your application and see if the file sets, (*.dbf, *.ddx, *.cdx, *.ddm, etc.) for both tables (the oringinal and the one you renamed) are in it. If they are then you may be able to recover your work by: One: Copy all of those files into a temp directory just to hold them. Then create two new tables in your app named whatever the oringinals were. You can just make them one field tables, the purpose is just to get them into the app. Then copy the files in the temp directory back into your application directory so they overwrite the ones you just made. If you data still exists, this should recover it.


      • #4
        RE: How do i undelete a table?

        Thanks, Jeff. I just returned from vacation and have a mountain on my desk. I'll try your suggestions towards the end of the week and let you know.


        • #5
          RE: How do i undelete a table?

          Thanks, Ray. I'll try this in a few days...I'm swamped right now! I'll keep you posted.


          • #6
            RE: How do i undelete a table?


            if you are going to try and undelete the file. you must do it before there is any write or copy activity on the drive. Otherwise the system will reclaim the files space.

            bob adler


            • #7
              RE: How do i undelete a table?

              Hi Robert,
              Thanks for the reminder. I ended up retrieving a "backup" copy of the table from a disk, so my problem was solved in that manner. I wanted to know, though, what "undelete" function are you talking about? In Alphs, or Windows?