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Old 03-01-2003, 05:39 PM
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Backup, Backup, Backup

I can't stress enough the importance of this!
I recently started running my new Dell P4 and had to learn how to back-up to cd & of course the ever confusing Windows XP Pro. I am liking the 98 style more & more, but am gaining more knowledge w/ XP everyday.
The reason for this post is that I really screwed up my database yesterday & didn't even know it until I tried to back it up today. My mistake was that I re-started windows even though my wife had a program running under her screen name. The program was Lawn Monkey which I use for all of my work. I was warned by Windows that some data could get screwed up, but didn't take heed to the warning.
Please to avoid the **** I went through, make sure all programs are closed and all users logged off prior to shutting down. Fortunately I had a 1 day old backup & only had to enter that days work to get everything going again. This is why I backup daily.

Sorry for the long post, but if it helps just one person not go through what I experienced, it is worth the reading.

If you fail to plan ..... you plan to fail.
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