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From: Alfred Eller <>
Subject: Re: [RMagic] Can't restore backup
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 13:47:12 -0600
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In-Reply-To: <D262D01B96974A78BC7D397EA98C5CA4@BillPC>

I hope that you hadn't added anything to your database recently.

When you Backup a database it compresses all the files in that database,
using the present filenames.
When you restore a backup file, it just uncompresses these files, the
names remain the same as they were when in the database you backed up.
If you answer YES to the overwrite question, it overwrites the original
database. (To prevent this, you can restore it in a different folder.)

You DO NOT restore to an empty database, The New, empty database remains
new and empty. unless you named it the same as the original, which you
couldn't have done without deleting or moving the original out of the
folder where you created.

You IMPORT a GEDCOM file into an existing database.

There is entirely too much misinformation being put forward on this list
by people ignorant about how RootsMagic works but trying to be
helpful..The entire WEB has the same problem, along with intentional

Alfred D. Eller

W May wrote:
> Thanks for the quick reply. I did try to restore to an empty database and
> YESed the overwrite, but it still informs me that the backup "was not fully
> restored" and there is no data displayed.
> Bill May
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jon P Czarowitz" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 10:11 AM
> Subject: Re: [RMagic] Can't restore backup
>> Take the most recent backup file and restore to a empty database. When it
>> asks you to overwrite say yes. You are overwriting empty spaces with your
>> data. This warning is to keep you from restoring it over one with data you
>> want to keep.
>> Jon P Czarowitz
>> CCUSA National Genealogist
>> TX - RootsMagic Users Network
>> RM 4 blog
>> --- On Mon, 11/17/08, W May <> wrote:
>> From: W May <>
>> Subject: [RMagic] Can't restore backup
>> To:
>> Date: Monday, November 17, 2008, 11:59 AM
>> I recently lost almost all personal data in every program on my computer
>> when I uninstalled HP Smart Web via Control Panel. The current database
>> disappeared, but there is an old (dating back several months) rmg file in
>> RootsMagic that will open when I run the program. Luckily (I thought), I
>> had
>> the data backed up, but when I try to restore the most current zip file, I
>> get a window asking if I want to overwrite the existing file. This happens
>> even if I create a new database with no info in it or if the old rmg file
>> is
>> open. In either case, if I click NO, then nothing happens. If I click YES,
>> I
>> get a window saying "The backup was not fully restored." And there
>> appears
>> to be no info restored (a new database remains completely empty). Can
>> anyone
>> help me solve this?
>> Many thanks,
>> Bill May

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