Backing up your database is critical. Without a backup file on a floppy disk, you are at the risk of losing all your data should your computer crash or your FSPC program get accidentally deleted. Additionally, having a backup provides you with the comfort of knowing that any mistake you may make while working with the FSPC program can be ‘undone’ by restoring a backup file. Restoring a backup file will bring the information from the disk (in the knback2 file) into the program, overwriting (permanently deleting) the data currently in the program. It is recommended that you keep at least two or three recent backup files on floppy disks, and that you take a backup before performing any major function with the program.

To Save a Backup File

To take a backup of your database, first be sure to close all windows inside the FSPC program.  Then go to the File menu and choose Backup. The Save As window will appear, asking where you want to save the file. In the Save in: area, make sure you select the 3 ˝ Floppy (A:) drive.

The file is automatically named knback2. Now click on the Save button. A window should appear briefly and then disappear. This indicates that the program is deflating the files in order to fit them into a zipped file.

**NOTE: Do not save a backup to a CD – this will cause the data files to become Read-Only. If a file has an attribute of Read-Only instead of Archive, it cannot be written over – this means you cannot change the information, and you will not be able to work in the program if you restore a backup file from a CD.


Restoring a Backup

To restore a backup, first be sure to close all windows that are open in the FSPC program.  Next, go to the File menu and choose Restore. This will bring up the Open window.

In the top of this window, where it says Look in:, be sure the 3 ˝ Floppy (A:) drive is selected. This will show you the contents of the floppy disk in your floppy drive. The knback2 file should appear. Click on it and then click on the Restore button. This will restore the information into the program and consequently delete any existing information in the program. The message ‘Warning, This Will Overwrite Your Current Data’ will appear – hit OK.

**NOTE: The Restore function does not work properly in FSPC version 3.0 – if you are running version 3.0, you will need to update to the latest version of FSPC by going to the Upgrades & Downloads page of the FSPC web site, in order to restore a backup.