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Re: Backing up to flash drive, CD, etc.
Posted by: Gerald Collins (ID *****7631) Date: January 28, 2010 at 10:11:51
In Reply to: Re: Backing up to flash drive, CD, etc. by Bill Buchanan of 4832


First let me say that your suggestion that after I have my PAF file on the screen that I can save it to another location by going to "Save As" and copying it to other locations. Perhaps by plugging in a flash drive which would allow you to place your data on another computer that had PAF 5.2 installed. I don't know whether the data would be compressed (*.zip) or not if you use this method.

I did find an easy way to select a backup Drive following your instructions. After going to tools-peferences-folders where you enter the import/export and backup drives to be used I made the following changes (I formerly had A:\ in both areas and it only allowed me to backup on this drive which I complained about). Since I wanted to have a choice of drives in the future as you explained, I inserted Drive C:\ for import/export and left the backup field blank because this was necessary for me to later have a choice of drives for backup.

I then pretended that I wanted to back up my file and went through the steps after having my PAF file on the screen. Select File, Backup and click on it. This brings up a screen asking me to place a disk in Drive A. Since I do not want to use Drive A, I click on cancel. The program immediately takes me to a new screen with save in and Desktop listed in the window. Since I do not want to save there, I click on the options button to right and it brings up a complete list of my Drives. By selecing my DVD Drive D:\ it replaces Desktop and a new screen comes up asking me to place a disk in Drive D. My PAF file name is still listed below with instruction for PAF backup.

I think you mentioned earlier that I should change to file name so I could import to a clean location in order to eliminate the chance of corrupting my file using the restore feature in case problems emerged. Like this idea but better write new file name on disk.

I haven't actually tried a backup using this method but it appears rather straight forward. I askef Family Search for help and they sent me Document ID: 1060120 on how to set for where files will be saved using the Folders tab.
It gave example of C:\ for import/export and Backup G:\
This would give me the same identical problem we are discussing here. No choices to select export drives without going to Folders screen and changing it every time you wanted to use a different drive.

I guess Family Search had not planned on CD-Rom Drives or Flash Drives and the need for choices when they wrote their "fix".

I don't think I want to reload PAF unless necessary because I am ignorant on how to accomplish the task. I don't know how to delete PAF program and reload. I do have the disk yet but would be same as I have. Besides PAF has not put out an update since 2002.

I had read in the PAF manual that you could save your backup to your computer. Evidently, the move to Desktop is the way this is accomplished. To the right of Desktop window there is an option for creating a new folder for placing the backup. Example, gave file names, and dates for each backup,, Oct 2007, April 2008, etc. I assume that you could restore a backup from Desktop folder instead of disks if you chose to.

Bottom line is that I think by leaving the export/import line blank in Folders, that I can get to the save in options merely by canceling the screen window instructing me to put a disk in drive A:\. I would think that the choice should be offered here but they are not.

I think I now know how to work around the problem and place my backups on a CD-ROM Drive instead of Drive A:\ which requires 3 1/2 floppy disks. I now use 7 floppies for each backup whereas I could use one CD-R 650 MB disk and still have plenty of space left -- I think!

Now the question is will it really work?

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