Database Restore

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Options and Configuration > Options Dialog > Database > Database Restore

This restores the database using a backup file made with the backup facility.  Use File | Database Mainteance | Restore Database, select the backup file (ex:ClipMate7_DB_My Clips_2005-10-16.ZIP), and it restores it into the current database.

IMPORTANT: If you have multiple databases defined and active within ClipMate, you should first select a collection within the database that you want to restore to.  That sets this database as the "active" database, which will be the restoration target.  There is a confirmation dialog box that will confirm the name and directory of the target database.  It will warn you if the database name and backup filename do not appear to match.

Special Considerations For Database Restore:

Preserve Interim Data - Let's say that you have an old backup that you want to restore, but don't want to overwrite your existing database.  In that case, you should create a new database, activate it, and restore the backup into the second database.  Then you can either continue to use both, or move important clips from one into the other, and then jettison the one that you don't need.
Backup before you Restore - if you aren't sure that your old database is going to leave you in a better state than you are currently in, you should backup your existing database first before overwriting with the old backup.  Since the backup files are dated (date in the file name), don't worry about overwriting the good backup file with a newer one.

Note: You can also simply use an UnZip program to extract the database files from the backup archive, into the database directory.  In some situations (e.g. ClipMate won't start due to corrupt data), you may have to resort to this technique.

Also See: Database Backup