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Title: HOW TO:  Use a Backup Copy of your CARCare Database File

As you exit CARCare, by default it will make a backup copy of your database, and will save it into the C:\Users\Public\CARCare\Backup folder on your PC. This is automatic unless it has been turned-off.  This path should be adjusted to an alternate path using the Options | Preferences... menu, as long as the new path is not the same as the location of your live database. When you exit, CARCare makes a copy of your live database, appends a date/time-stamp to the end of the file name, and stores the copy in the specified backup folder.

A database backup copy will look like:


  1. CARCare.db is your database filename

  2. .20060701 is the date (yyyymmdd) the copy was made

  3. -113233 is the time the copy was made

Locating the Most Recent Backup Copy:
The date/time-stamp represents the date/time that the backup copy was made, not the last time the file was updated internally. This enables you to distinguish between these two criteria.  Use the Date/Time-stamp to locate your most recent backup copy.  The greater the serialized time value, the later it was in the day.
Replace the Damaged database with your most recent backup:
You should never attempt to open and use a backup copy as-is...  You must first rename the backup copy to what your actual database is currently named, then place the renamed backup copy into the appropriate folder.  This process involves simply removing the date/time-stamp from the end of the filename.  Once this is done, you can use this file to replace (overwrite) your damaged database file.

When you restart CARCare, you will see the prior contents of the database at the time it was last backed up.

Direct the the backup copies of your database to external media such as an external hard drive, USB device, or CD-R/RW.  Use the General tab under Options | Preferences... to set your backup path.  Having backups on external media will protect you in the event of a hard disk failure.

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