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How to Restore a Sage Timeslips Backup

So, the moment arrives when disaster strikes in Sage Timeslips. You knew it would; it’s Murphy’s Law — anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

But you’re prepared. You have your Timeslips backups that you can use to recover from disaster. Picture someone patting you on the back for making those backups. If someone was there, they’d be cheering!

To restore a backup, follow these steps:

  1. Plug in the external hard drive or the flash drive where you store your backups.

  2. If you work in a network environment, in Timeslips, choose Special→Exclusive Mode.

  3. Choose File→Restore to display the Restore a Backup dialog box.

    By default, in the Select a Backup File to Restore box at the top of the dialog box, Timeslips displays the location and filename of the last backup you made. If necessary, click the Browse button (the three dots) beside the filename to locate and select the backup that you want to restore.

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  4. Choose either the Current Database option or the Choose a New Location option.

    If you choose the Current Database option, Timeslips restores the backup to the same folder where the original database was stored. If the original database became unusable, you have nothing to lose by overwriting it.

    If the original database was not unusable, you can make a copy of it before overwriting it by selecting the Back Up the Current Database First option and the Include Subfolders of the Current Database in the Backup option.

    If you choose the Choose a New Location option, you can restore the backup to a new folder of your choice.

  5. Click OK.

    Timeslips restores the backup you selected in Step 4. If you opt to restore to the original location and back up the original database before restoring, Timeslips first makes a copy of the original database.

    When Timeslips finishes restoring, a message appears, telling you that Timeslips successfully restored the backup.

  6. Click OK to open the newly restored database.

If your Timeslips database was connected to an accounting program using TAL, you see a message that warns you to take care that you transfer only new transactions to your accounting program because the backup you restored might have contained transactions already stored in your accounting program. Click OK to dismiss the message and open the newly restored database.

Don’t forget to choose Special→Exclusive Mode again to give other workstations access to the database.

Now, admit it — wasn’t that easy?

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