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    Default Alpha4v6 Memo file broken

    I have an alpha4v6 db that the memo file is corrupted. As such I cannot open the .dbf. Is there a way to 'repair' the memo file? or at least export the data from it into a new one?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Alpha4v6 Memo file broken

    Chris

    The best way to fix a corrupt memo file is to get a valid file from backup. Treat the dbf (data from non-memo fields) and dbt (memo field data) as a pair.

    The next alternative is search the internet for dbase repair tools. Dsalvage is one that I've used and had moderate success with. The tool is great, the problem is sometimes greater...

    Good luck with your repair. ( A5 has a memo repair tool in it, but A5 uses a different memo format, so it is not a tool to use on a A4 memo file)
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    Default Re: Alpha4v6 Memo file broken

    Thanks for your very quick response!

    I have already restored both files twice. Could it be user error causing the memo file to become broken? This just started 2 weeks ago.

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    Default Re: Alpha4v6 Memo file broken

    Quote Originally Posted by chris.richards View Post
    Thanks for your very quick response!

    I have already restored both files twice. Could it be user error causing the memo file to become broken? This just started 2 weeks ago.
    probably not...

    I've found that it's a interruption issue. - computer shutdown by a power fail - flakey network card - flakey computer (internal)
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    Default Re: Alpha4v6 Memo file broken

    Bummer.

    What is the structure of the file? Is one able to copy and paste the first few lines from a working copy to the broken one?

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    Default Re: Alpha4v6 Memo file broken

    Quote Originally Posted by chris.richards View Post
    Bummer.

    What is the structure of the file? Is one able to copy and paste the first few lines from a working copy to the broken one?
    Only with the magic eye-glasses ;)

    That's why I pointed you at the utilities like Dsalvage.
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    Default Re: Alpha4v6 Memo file broken

    Haha.

    Thanks for your help.

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