Backing Up and Restoring the Database

Backup Database
Backup Database Menu Item

Select the Backup Database menu item from the File menu to backup the database.  Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + B.

When you select this option, you are prompted with a standard dialogue box to select where you want to place the backup copy.  You must also specify the name of the backup file.  It is acceptable to overwrite previously backed up files, but you can never overwrite the Public Talks.MDB / Public Talks.ACCDB which is always in use by the program itself.

Depending upon the file size and where it is being backed up to, a progress dialogue will appear which has a cancel button.  You can press this cancel button to abort the backup procedure.

If the backup is successful, an entry (database path and encrypted password) is added to a special log file.  This log file is used whenever you want to restore a previously backed up database.

Restore Database

Restore Database dialogue

Restore Database menu

Select the Restore Database menu item from the File menu to restore a previously backed up database.  Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + R.

When you select this option, you are presented with the restore dialogue (see above).

The backup history presented is sorted in date order.  If you backed up the database to the same backup name on more than one occasion (eg: you backed up the database twice to C:\Backup1.MDB) then only the latest date is displayed.

Select the file you want to restore and click the Restore button.  The program will verify the location of the file to restore. Next, you are asked to confirm that you want to proceed (since the operation can't be reversed). Finally, it proceeds to restore the file (using the encrypted password, if any, associated with the database).  Depending upon the file size and where it is being restored from, a progress dialogue will appear which has a cancel button.  You can press this cancel button to abort the restore procedure.

If you do cancel the restore, or a problem is encountered, the original database is left unchanged.

If the database file you want to restore is not shown in the history log for whatever reason, click the Browse button.  You can then navigate to where the file is you want to restore and select it. Note that you can't use the Browse button to restore password protected databases.

You can restore an MDB or ACCDB database. Please keep in mind that you should only use an ACCDB database if you have Microsoft Access 2010 or the Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime installed. If you try to restore an ACCDB database without having these required support files you will see this error:

Access 2010 Runtime required