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Chapter 7. Converting Files > Recovering Damaged Files

Recovering Damaged Files

A file can become damaged from any number of causes: a sudden power loss, disk drive crash, or corrupted bit of software. Most of the time, if you close and reopen the file, FileMaker will perform what it calls a consistency check and everything will be fine. If that doesn’t work, you can try to rescue the file with FileMaker’s Recover command.

To recover a damaged file:

1.
If you suspect that the file’s been damaged, close it immediately ( in Windows/ on the Mac).

2.
Choose File > Recover (Figure 7.31).

Figure 7.31. Make sure to first close a possibly damaged FileMaker file, then choose File > Recover.


3.
Use the Open Damaged File dialog box when it appears to navigate your way to the damaged file. Click Open.

4.
When the Name Recovered File dialog box appears, FileMaker will by default add the word Recovered to the end of the file’s old name (Figure 7.32). If you like, type in another name. Click Save.

Figure 7.32. When it opens a damaged file, FileMaker automatically adds Recovered to its previous name. Change the name if you wish, then click Save.


5.
As it runs through a number of steps to recover the file, FileMaker will display a series of status dialog boxes (Figure 7.33). When FileMaker’s done, a status report dialog box appears—hopefully with good news (Figure 7.34). Click OK.

Figure 7.33. While FileMaker’s trying to recover a file, it will display a series of status dialog boxes.


Figure 7.34. May the news always be this good: FileMaker provides a detailed report on how many records, fields, and values were recovered.



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