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Restoring Data

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These instructions are for restoring ALL data at once - not just a single

file. Only the backups made from the Visual Jewelry Shopkeeper File Center

are covered here. If you have your own backup method you may need to ask

the person who setup your backup routine for instructions on restoring.


Restoring data effectively deletes and replaces Shop-pro data on your

computer. So you should restore data only when clearly needed. Either

to replace damaged data or to restore current data to your home computer.


Keep in mind a restore really does replace all your data. If you

mistakenly restore a data file from a month ago you lose all your recent

data. However, presumably you have a backup from last night (right?)

so if you subsequently restored from last night you'd be almost current.




VJS backup Zip files are named with the data folder name and the date so

you can easily identify the backup you want to work with.


E.g. the backup file MAIN-2009-03-13.ZIP would be the data backup

of the "MAIN" folder (\visualjs\data\main) FROM 03/13/2008.

A backup file ABCDIAM-2008-12-31.ZIP would be the data backup

of the "ABCDIAM" folder (\visualjs\data\main) FROM 12/31/2008.

Note that the ABCDIAM is not the store name, but the name of the

folder on the computer drive.


It's most convenient to backup to a removable USB memory stick - using a

different one for each day of the week. This is better than using a

external hard disk drive.


If you open Your backup Zip file (e.g. Open "My Computer", then the

backup memory stick drive, then find the backup file then double-click it.

It will contain a folder, likely called "MAIN" but possibly another name.

This folder name will match the name embedded in the Zip file name.


The computer where your active VJS data lives, and to where you need

to restore the data, contains a folder "DATA" which is inside the folder



Note that in the case of a network while every computer has a VISUALJS

folder - only the server/main computer has the actual live data.


You can backup and restore the server data from any workstation, but

if your workstation refers to the server as drive "F:" don't restore

to the workstation's local drive "C:"


Open the desired backup Zip file then drag the folder "MAIN" (or

alternative) into the \VISUALJS\DATA folder (on the server/main)

It will ask if you want to replace the files or folders - choose ALL.